For our April issue, Team InStyle headed off to a studio in East London armed with a rail full of pieces from the best British designers, think Gareth Pugh, Preen and Erdem. The reason? To shoot our fave Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams AKA Arya Stark for our April Brit collections shoot. But that's not all that rocked up to the shoot. There was also a van full of birds of prey. We're talking real not stuffed. There was Arthur the European Eagle Owl and Alfie the Barn Owl but our fave had to be Maggie the Hooded Vulture who blushed bright red when she was having her picture taken. Yep, vultures actually blush! Read what happened when Laura Craik met the young star below, and check out the ultimate behind-the-scenes video... 

On a personality trait that helps her play Arya...

'I can be really angry, and it’s my least favourite trait about myself. Actually, I’ve never said this in an interview before but yeah, I have a temper. And I hate it! I hate it so much! But that’s what worked with [playing] Arya. I know what it’s like to be really mad. For me personally, it’s stupid things, but for her it’s really big things'.

On wearing whatever she wants to wear...

'I feel like I’ve always had a good sense of what I’ve wanted to look like. I’ve never wanted to look older. I’ve never wanted to wear revealing dresses. I don’t have it, so I don’t want to flaunt it'.

On if as an actress she has to appear perky and grateful at all times...

‘I always used to say and do the right thing,’ she agrees. ‘But as I got older and formed my own opinions, I said things wrong [sic] and got in trouble. After going through all of that, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m never going to please everyone and so I should just be happy. You know, selfishly, that’s really all that matters. I’m not going to go out of my way to upset people, but if someone asks an honest question I’ll give them my honest answer. So I’ve come back to that point where I don’t want to do the tits and teeth, but I also don’t want to be angry and mean about everything. I’ll just be somewhere in the middle where I can be myself.’

On if she has a method for dealing with fans approaching her at irritating times...

'No. Well, my friends do, if we're on a night out. If they're quite pissed, it's funny. They're like, "It's not her!" And I'm in this awkward position, since it is me. And I don't want to upset anyone. But like I said, sometimes I'm really quiet. And so I'm stood with a fan and it's like, silence. Sometimes they walk away and I just think, god, they're really disappointed.' 

On her supportive family...

'My mother and stepfather were really great about it – they didn’t force it but were really encouraging, and my mum helped with all the early mornings starts. I struggled with the hours when I was young. It was an adult show - not like Harry Potter where it revolves around children. I had to fit into a much bigger wheel. But being 12, I didn’t find any of that daunting at all. The naivety of it… I look at all the conversations I used to strike up with actors like Sean [Bean] and people on set, and I think ‘how did I used to do that’? I wasn’t fazed by anything at all. And I do want to grasp some of that back, because I have lost a bit of it. In this industry, it’s easy to lose your confidence. I love lots of things going on inside my head when I’m sat in a room full of people. Sometimes I think people think I’m a bit rude, because I just sit quietly'.

On her somewhat secret boyfriend...

'We've been together for over a year. I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious,' she says in a silly voice. 'He's not famous. I met him at school. And now he's my boyfriend!' She giggles. ‘People feel it’s strange that someone who’s famous can go out with someone who’s normal. I don’t meet anyone else. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but I don’t go to all these parties. I don’t meet the other young, male actors.’ She pauses. ‘I just like normal people, I guess.’

On being young-old...

'People always say ‘really wise’, but that scares me, because then I sometimes do things like this... ” She holds out her hands. “I’ve got F*CK written on my fingers right now, because I went out last night and did drinking games with my friends. There’s nothing wise about me! Sometimes I’m like, ‘you’ve got so many people fooled!’”

On People Being Nasty About YouTube Stars...

Maisie has her own YouTube channel, which she describes as 'great fun. And it’s the sort of thing I would’ve done if I wasn’t famous. It’s not for any gain or for more publicity.' A lot of people are baffled by YouTube, I suggest, and by the power wielded by some of its stars. 'For sure. And instead of embracing it, so many people are nasty about YouTube stars and Vine stars. 'They’re like, “Eeew, that’s not real famous.” So, what is real famous? It’s ridiculous. You can be as nasty as you like about technology, about the younger generation, but it’s not going to stop. So often we idolise people we don’t have a clue about. Whereas if you sit on the computer and tell everyone about your whole life, they’re like “OMG – you’re really cool.” There are no secrets. When someone is totally honest to a camera and you sit there and watch it, it’s a new kind of fame.’ 

On Online Bullying...

'I’m so pro internet and also pro technology. We need to find a solution [to online bullying] that doesn’t mean taking away all the things that make the younger generation the younger generation. This is who we are. This is what we’re going to take forward with us. I don’t think the answer is to take that away. It’s about finding a solution online. There are so many things already – you can mute, report and block abuse you experience online. It’s just about making them more effective. For all the sweaty geeks in the office trying to get Facebook back up and running when it goes down, there should be an equal number of people replying to the support section and getting that bit sorted as well.’ Maisie does reply to online trolls, ''for sure. And whenever I see someone else doing it I think ‘oh, don’t reply to them’… and then I’ll go and do exactly the same thing. In 2016 I’m done with that.” She affects a Cockney accent. “Got all these projects that I gotta get on with. Can’t be dealing with trolls!”' 

On Hollywood...

'It sounds so tragic but you just want to… you don’t want to upset people. And you don’t want to be hated. Like, who wants to be hated? Hollywood is evil, it’s just totally fake. And if you’re into making fake friends for a night and having a great time, then that’s cool. Lots of people know it’s all bullshit, so they just go and have that night where they’re having fun with everyone and chilling. No-one actually likes each other, but everyone’s having a great time. So if you want to play that part, you can. I don’t have any desire to pretend to be someone’s friend for the night. It just bores me. It bores me so much. I don’t want to just do studio films, because some of the scripts are really bad'.

Photography by Japser Abels 

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