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Maisie Williams says she’s struggling with rejection after Game of Thrones success

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to face rejection. It becomes even more difficult if you have been succeeding in the same field earlier. Accepting it without getting discouraged is an important skill not everyone has. Even accomplished actors like Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams find it difficult to deal with.

Maisie Williams achieved stardom as Arya Stark at a very young age of 12. It was only her second audition. After playing the role for 9 years, she was nervous about auditioning again. She realized that she needed to put herself out there if she wanted to grasp new opportunities.

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It is almost harder because I had never been told no,” she said in an interview with The Telegraph. “The second thing that I ever auditioned for was Game of Thrones, and that launched my career. There’s always competition, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve done, you will always lose out on roles. The industry is built upon rejection.”

Having learned the bitter truth about the film industry, she added, “I’m definitely learning that now – how to overcome the rejection and not see it as a personal thing. But learning to be told no is really difficult as someone who’s an established actor. No one’s got time for you when you’re like, ‘Oh I didn’t get the part in this thing.’ They’re like, ‘You just came off the most successful TV show of the decade, can you hang on a minute?'”

The 23-year-old actress is bound to reach for the stars if she keeps her positivity alive. Williams is learning to adapt to the industry, going after roles that challenge her. She recently starred in a thriller movie “The Owners”.

What are your thoughts about dealing with rejection? Tell us in the comments below.


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Nathalie Emmanuel addresses Hollywood’s response to Black Lives Matter

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Nathalie Emmanuel addresses Hollywood’s response to Black Lives Matter

The human race has often been divided and fought amongst themselves throughout history. Sometimes they fight over religion, colour, money and throne (like in Game of Thrones). The Red Wedding year 2020 sparked a series of protests following the killing of George Floyd in May. Many Game of Thrones Stars supported the movement that followed, Black Lives Matter, including Nathalie Emmanuel.

Nathalie Emmanuel expressed her concern about Hollywood’s response to the movement while shooting for Rollacoaster Magazine. She said, “I’m excited to see how Hollywood and the world responds to the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Nathalie Emmanuel addresses Hollywood’s response to Black Lives Matter

I’m really interested to see if people’s outrage is real or whether it was just performative, and whether we see actual change within society.”

She continued, “Also from the industry point of view – for entertainment, TV, film and media – I’m sort of curious to see how that pans out. I’m hopeful but also with a healthy amount of scepticism because sometimes it comes and goes, and there’s a few movies that get made and are great, and then it dies off again.” 

Game of Thrones’ Missandei fame is skeptical to see an actual change. She explains, “For me, I’m looking for the more behind-the-scenes action: the crew, the writers, the producers, the filmmakers themselves or the directors themselves becoming more inclusive. I’m skeptical to protect my own heart.” 

The discrimination based on skin-colour still prevails in our society. It is one of the markers that shows how much more we have to develop as human beings. What do you think of the Black Lives Matter movement? Talk to us in the comments below!


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Emilia Clarke improvised this iconic Game of Thrones speech in just 10 minutes!

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Emilia Clarke improvised an entire speech on Game of Thrones in just 10 minutes!

The story of Game of Thrones becomes even more intriguing as fans come to know of more secrets about the show. Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd’s book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon dives deep into such behind-the-screen mysteries previously unknown to the audience. The book contains detailed interviews with the cast and crew of the show. There have been many interesting revelations, including the unaired pilot of the series. The book describes another secret, the skilfulness of actress Emilia Clarke.

Director Jeremy Podeswa recounted one of Daenerys’ scenes in Hibberd’s book. The scene where Daenerys ordered the execution of one of three Meereenese noblemen was originally shot in English.

“Then [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] came down – they were watching the scene being shot – and they said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if the scene was in Valyrian?’” Podeswa recalled.

Emilia Clarke improvised an entire speech on Game of Thrones in just 10 minutes!

“There’s usually a lot of preparation for that sort of thing and so much consideration that goes into it. She had quite a big monologue before she sets the guy on fire,” Podeswa continued. “I went over to Emilia and I was like, ‘I know this is a really big ask, but do you think you could figure out a way to do this in Valyrian?’ She said, ‘Yeah, sure, I think I can do this.’ And I’m all, “Really?” She went off and cobbled together things that [Daenerys] had said in the past that made sense. She came back in 10 minutes and had this whole monologue down.”

“I just had to hand it to Emilia for taking on the challenge and making it completely credible,” Podeswa added. “It wasn’t tracking perfectly in Valyrian, but no fan ever noticed it. She did an amazing job.”

What do you think of Emilia’s feat? Tell us in the comments below!


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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks about his favourite football club and his reaction to Game of Thrones ending

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks about his favourite football club and his reaction to Game of Thrones closure

Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago, leaving fans and the cast emotionally wrecked, alike. Fans miss the amazing fantasy show dearly. The cast, having worked for nearly 10 years together, feel a part of them missing. However, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played the evil-turned-good knight Jaime Lannister thinks differently. The actor talked to the Independent on various topics in a candid interview. The conversation ranged from his favourite football club to his reaction to Game of Thrones’ ending.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks about his favourite football club and his reaction to Game of Thrones closure

The 50-year-old actor revealed Leeds United was his favourite football club. He said, “I love Leeds United football club, but I won’t be depressed for days if they lose.” Waldau displayed the same amount of professionalism when asked about missing Game of Thrones.

Nikolaj revealed he doesn’t miss playing Jaime Lannister. He is done talking about the show and wanted fans to move on and appreciate his other works as well. He quips wryly, “Shall I be honest now? What I think you’d want to hear if I were you is, ‘Oh God, I was depressed for weeks; it was so difficult to get over it.’ We’d spent 10 years together so, by virtue of that, it was an emotional moment because it suddenly came to an end. But half an hour later?”

He continued with a shrug, “It took me 10 years to understand things come to a natural end. Now, I’m just an old, cynical, cold-hearted man.”

What do you think of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s attitude? Tell us in the comments below!


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