Maisie Williams: The Painful Past Of A Game Of Thrones Star | E181

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video is about Maisie Williams, a Game of Thrones star, discussing her traumatic past and struggles with substance abuse.

The video is an interview with Maisie Williams, the actress who played Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. She discusses her traumatic relationship with her father and how it affected her childhood, including struggling with sleeping and feeling alienated from other children. She also talks about her struggles with substance abuse and the importance of finding inner freedom from pain. Williams also briefly mentions her mother leaving her father when she was a baby.

  • Maisie had a traumatic relationship with her dad.
  • She struggled with sleeping from a young age.
  • She felt alienated after being set for life at the age of 12 due to Game of Thrones.
  • Maisie struggled with substance abuse at the age of 22.
  • Her mother left her father when she was four months old.
  • Maisie feels like she can speak about her traumatic childhood now.
  • Childhood trauma can stunt or alter who you become.
  • Maisie's message to others is to never give up and to keep fighting for yourself.
  • Maisie went to therapy and started to work on herself.

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Maisie Williams' Traumatic Childhood

  • Maisie had a traumatic relationship with her dad.
  • She struggled with sleeping from a young age.
  • She didn't realize that the traumatic things happening to her were wrong.
  • She felt alienated after being set for life at the age of 12 due to Game of Thrones.
  • She wondered when the joy would come for her.
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Maisie Williams' Struggles with Substance Abuse

  • Maisie had a sense of impending doom and didn't know how to make it go away.
  • She struggled with substance abuse at the age of 22.
  • She felt like there was never an end destination for freedom.
  • She realized that freedom comes from within.
  • She identified herself as someone who wouldn't let anything bad happen to her or anyone around her.
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Maisie Williams' Family Background

  • Maisie had a traumatic relationship with her dad.
  • She struggled with sleeping from a young age.
  • She didn't realize that the traumatic things happening to her were wrong.
  • Her mother left her father when she was four months old.
  • Maisie has been learning a lot about her family background recently.
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Maisie Williams' Journey to Speaking Out

  • Maisie has been learning a lot about her family background recently.
  • She feels like she can speak about her traumatic childhood now.
  • She hasn't spoken about it before.
  • She feels like there is a connection between her traumatic childhood and her character on Game of Thrones.
  • She apologizes for feeling like this is an uncomfortable topic.
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Maisie's Journey to Self-Discovery

  • Maisie talks about foundational things she learned about herself at 25 years old.
  • She discusses the process of rewiring the brain and recognizing patterns.
  • Maisie talks about capturing moments of uncertainty or anger to work her way back to the trigger.
  • She reflects on her anxiety and how it came from not being herself and feeling anxious about how she was perceived.
  • Maisie talks about struggling with identity and the big question of "who am I?"
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The Effects of Childhood Trauma

  • Maisie talks about how childhood trauma can stunt or alter who you become.
  • She discusses how certain situations can have lasting effects on a person's Basic Instinct of what brings them joy.
  • Maisie talks about how mental manipulation can affect a person's ability to trust their thoughts and feelings.
  • She reflects on how discovering her struggle with identity brought her anxiety because she didn't know who to be in social situations.
  • Maisie talks about finding a good version of herself and retreating to the things that brought her joy as a child.
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Maisie's Struggles with Substance Abuse

  • Maisie talks about how she struggled with substance abuse and how it was a way to escape her reality.
  • She discusses how she was able to recognize that she was using substances to numb her pain.
  • Maisie talks about how she was able to get help and how it was a turning point for her.
  • She reflects on how she was able to find a sense of control and how it helped her to overcome her addiction.
  • Maisie talks about how she is now able to use her experiences to help others who are struggling with addiction.
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Maisie's Message to Others

  • Maisie talks about how it's important to be honest with yourself and to recognize when you need help.
  • She discusses how it's important to find a support system and to surround yourself with people who care about you.
  • Maisie talks about how it's important to take care of yourself and to prioritize your mental health.
  • She reflects on how her experiences have helped her to become a stronger person and how she is now able to use her platform to help others.
  • Maisie's message to others is to never give up and to keep fighting for yourself.
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Maisie's Struggles with Substance Abuse

  • Maisie struggled with substance abuse during the filming of Game of Thrones.
  • She felt like she was living in a bubble and didn't know how to deal with the fame.
  • She started to feel like she was losing control and turned to partying and drinking.
  • She realized that she needed to take a break and focus on her mental health.
  • She went to therapy and started to work on herself.
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Maisie's Childhood Trauma

  • Maisie talks about her struggles with feeling joy as a child.
  • She often felt like something awful was going to happen and couldn't continue.
  • She didn't know how to make the feeling go away.
  • She struggled with the sense of impending doom and didn't know how to deal with it.
  • She didn't know why she felt like that and didn't know how to heal from it.
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Maisie's Relationship with Lewis Howes

  • Lewis Howes opened up to Maisie about his own experiences with child abuse.
  • He talked about how he had to go back and heal the child that he was.
  • He worked with his therapist to heal himself and move on to the next stage of his life.
  • Maisie wonders if the child that they are seeking still exists within them.
  • She talks about the wisdom of being childlike and how it may be irreversible.
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Maisie's Journey to Healing

  • Maisie talks about how therapy helped her to work on herself.
  • She realized that she needed to take a break and focus on her mental health.
  • She started to work on her issues and began to feel better.
  • She learned how to deal with her feelings and emotions in a healthy way.
  • She encourages others to seek help if they are struggling with mental health issues.
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Early Struggles

  • Maisie Williams struggled with mental health issues as a child.
  • She was taken to the staff room by a teacher who asked her the right questions.
  • Her mother came to pick her up from school and all the doors were open.
  • Maisie was indoctrinated and fought against leaving her father.
  • Her world flipped on its head and everything she knew to be true was challenged.
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Child Cult

  • Maisie Williams was in a child cult against her mother.
  • She is obsessed with cults because she understands the manipulation and fear that goes on.
  • People find it difficult to leave cults because of conflicting emotions.
  • Two truths can exist in the same place, feeling liberated and free while also feeling impending doom.
  • All problems don't just go away when leaving a cult.
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Substance Abuse

  • Maisie Williams struggled with substance abuse after Game of Thrones ended.
  • She felt like she had lost her purpose and identity.
  • She started going out and drinking a lot.
  • She realized she needed to stop and get help.
  • She is now in a much better place and has found new passions.
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Mental Health Advocacy

  • Maisie Williams is an advocate for mental health.
  • She wants to help people who are struggling and let them know they are not alone.
  • She believes it's important to talk about mental health and break the stigma.
  • She has started a production company to create content that raises awareness about mental health.
  • She hopes to make a difference and help people through her work.
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Feeling like something was wrong with her

  • Maisie Williams felt like there was something inherently wrong with her or her family.
  • She thought they did lots of things wrong all the time.
  • She felt mistreated because they needed to be better at things.
  • She realized that bad things happened not because of her, but because of circumstances.
  • She separated herself from the situation and reflected on her parent as a person.
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Reflecting on her parent's behavior

  • Maisie Williams reflected on her parent's behavior and wondered what happened to him when he was a kid.
  • She was interested in knowing who his parents were and if he learned his behavior from them.
  • She thought he would make a fascinating documentary subject.
  • She no longer felt personal pain and could think of him in a nicer way.
  • She realized that the answers to her questions might not help her in her journey.
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Feeling to blame for outcomes in life

  • Maisie Williams wanted to control a lot of things that she couldn't control.
  • She thought that if she didn't worry or think about things, they would fall apart.
  • She felt like she should have done things differently or better.
  • She tried to control the uncontrollable, which led to beating herself down.
  • She felt this way as an adult and in her teenage years.
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Impact on her interviews

  • Without knowing the early context of Maisie Williams' life, some of her interviews didn't make sense.
  • Her past experiences and struggles with substance abuse may have impacted her interviews.
  • Knowing her past may help people understand her better.
  • Her openness about her struggles may help others who are going through similar experiences.
  • Her past experiences may have shaped her into the person she is today.
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Maisie's Painful Past

  • People asked Maisie how she could show pain and fury in her acting at such a young age.
  • Maisie had experienced pain and confusion in her life.
  • Her past has influenced everything she does as an actor.
  • She can access all of that confusion and pain in her job.
  • She can let out her emotions through acting.
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Understanding Her Story

  • Maisie held the early part of her story to herself because she didn't understand it.
  • She feels like there is now some closure to it.
  • The journey might help other people.
  • Before, it was just pain and no conclusion.
  • Other problems came from the same problem.
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Feeling Like a Disappointment

  • Maisie felt like she was going to be a disappointment when she auditioned for Game of Thrones.
  • She thought she wasn't what they were looking for.
  • There have been moments in her life where she's felt like she's let herself and others down.
  • It's not a good feeling to sit with.
  • She's tried to channel it into making herself better.
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Jeopardizing Her Chances

  • Maisie auditioned for the junior Apprentice at 14 years old.
  • She got through to the final 20.
  • Someone leaked to the press that she was going on the show.
  • The BBC said it jeopardized her chances of going on the show.
  • She didn't come from a family with much, so it was a big deal to her.
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Early Rejection and Mindset Privilege

  • Not being cast in a show was devastating for Maisie Williams for a long time.
  • She felt like a disappointment and experienced this feeling several times subsequently.
  • Maisie has always been somewhat optimistic going into situations and generally feels like she's got nothing to lose.
  • Mindset privilege is a real thing just like perspective privilege, something we don't talk about enough.
  • Early experiences of being told that what she was doing was wrong or not good enough could have smashed someone's self-esteem pretty severely.
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Passion for Performing

  • Maisie's passion for performing started at a young age.
  • She felt joy when dancing or performing, and it made her feel human.
  • She wanted to go to Stage school and was happy to leave everything and go and do that.
  • Every opportunity was like, on the other side of this could be absolutely everything, so she had to do it.
  • Acting and moving the body in yoga have been proven to be the best forms of antidepressant without taking SSRIs.
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Why Acting was Liberating for Maisie

  • Acting was liberating for Maisie because it disassociates from identity when we act.
  • There are two parts to why acting was liberating for Maisie: how she felt within her body and the way it made other people feel.
  • With acting, you get that sort of two-way thing, and Maisie saw the joy that it would bring other people.
  • It was very much about the way that it felt and not necessarily the way that it looked or how other people would experience it.
  • Maisie enjoyed making someone laugh or making someone happy.
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Fame and Identity

  • Game of Thrones was a smash hit, and the fame piece was overwhelming for Maisie.
  • She had a smidge of fame before, but sometimes it can be a little bit difficult.
  • Trying to figure out who you are with the confounding factors of your age can be challenging.
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Challenges of Fame

  • Becoming famous for being a character on a huge show in adolescent years.
  • Forecasting downfall due to all the factors.
  • Needing to articulate who she was and what she loved.
  • Feeling like she didn't know anything about anything.
  • Realizing years later that she said things that weren't true.
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Advice for Her Younger Self

  • Trolling it all a bit more and not torturing herself to know the real answer to silly fun questions.
  • Going with whatever she felt that day and knowing it can change the next day.
  • Ripping up the rule book and doing what she wants.
  • Not being beholden to anything she's said or done.
  • Letting it all go and not portraying herself all wrong.
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Perspective on Privilege

  • Never struggling to get a job or make rent.
  • Being fortunate and never wanting to lose sight of that perspective.
  • Not understanding what it's like to struggle to make rent and be a creative person.
  • Worrying about being alienated in some ways because of being set for life at 12.
  • Feeling guilty about making more money than a cancer doctor just by making YouTube videos.
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Emotions Surrounding Being Set for Life at 12

  • Feeling guilty or a sense of injustice about making more money than others.
  • Not wanting to lose sight of the perspective of how fortunate she's been.
  • Not understanding what it's like to struggle to make rent and be a creative person.
  • Feeling alienated in some ways because of being set for life at 12.
  • Realizing that being set for life at 12 is very different from how she was before that age.
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Maisie's Childhood Trauma

  • Maisie felt guilty about allowing herself to have nice things or do nice things as a kid.
  • She thought all her problems would go away when she was a kid, but they didn't.
  • She realized that life is something else entirely.
  • Money won't take the pain away, it will only take away the stacking bills or the fear of losing a house.
  • Money can't solve trauma directly.
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Post Game of Thrones Identity Crisis

  • Maisie felt like she was cosplaying as the person she created in the show.
  • She wanted to say and do the right things and be a good role model, but it wasn't very authentic.
  • She realized that she didn't want to do things that make people happy, but rather things that make her happy.
  • She was desperate for something to drastically change so she could cut from that.
  • She was ready for the show to end and to find out who she could be.
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Post Game of Thrones Identity Crisis

  • Maisie didn't go out a lot and felt quite isolated.
  • She felt like it was the most successful it was ever going to be and most people would recognize her on the street.
  • She was around 21-22 years old when the show concluded.
  • She was ready for something new and to find out who she could be.
  • She felt like she was in a very privileged position, but money couldn't solve everything.
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Maisie's Struggles with Self-Image

  • Maisie had a negative self-image and didn't like herself
  • She told herself that she was awful, disgusting, unattractive, unkind, and unlikable every day
  • Her therapist is helping her trace back the origin of her self-consciousness
  • She has felt embarrassed and ashamed of herself since she was very young
  • Meditation has helped her discover some of the origins of her negative self-image
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Maisie's Struggles with Substance Abuse

  • Maisie struggled with substance abuse during the filming of Game of Thrones
  • She felt like she was going through the motions of life and didn't feel like herself
  • She started drinking and smoking to feel more confident and comfortable
  • She realized that she was using substances to mask her insecurities and problems
  • She eventually sought help and got sober
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The Pressures of Fame

  • Maisie feels like the world is giving feedback on her every day because she's in the press and a young woman
  • She has to deal with a lot of criticism and negativity from the media and public
  • She has to be careful about what she says and does in public because it can be taken out of context
  • She has to deal with a lot of pressure to look and act a certain way
  • She has to find ways to cope with the pressures of fame and stay true to herself
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Maisie's Journey to Self-Acceptance

  • Maisie is still on a journey to self-acceptance and self-love
  • She is working on being kinder to herself and changing her negative self-talk
  • She is learning to embrace her flaws and imperfections
  • She is trying to focus on the things that make her happy and fulfilled
  • She wants to use her platform to help others who are struggling with similar issues
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Maisie Williams' Struggles with Trauma and Triggers

  • Maisie Williams discusses how traumatic experiences can never truly be erased from one's memory.
  • She considers herself to be someone who is very aware of her triggers and how they can take over the control room of her brain.
  • Williams believes that experiencing triggers in the moment is interesting and can help one learn how to react differently in the future.
  • She explains that every moment is an opportunity to see where one's journey will go next.
  • Williams believes that traumatic experiences are a vital part of who a person is and cannot be erased without fundamentally changing them as a person.
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The Fascination with False Narratives

  • Williams discusses how people can know that something is objectively not true, but still struggle to eradicate false narratives from their lives.
  • She used to believe that there was a way to erase false narratives, but has since realized that traumatic experiences can never truly be erased.
  • Williams believes that building new evidence to counteract false narratives is important, but that the false narrative will always be a part of a person's story.
  • She finds it fascinating how people can hold onto false narratives even when presented with evidence to the contrary.
  • Williams believes that false narratives can be harmful and that it is important to recognize and challenge them.
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The Importance of Trauma in Shaping Identity

  • Williams believes that traumatic experiences are a vital part of a person's identity and cannot be erased without fundamentally changing who they are.
  • She believes that experiencing trauma can give a person the tools to make decisions in their life.
  • Williams would not use an eraser to remove her traumatic experiences because they have shaped who she is as a person.
  • She acknowledges that life can be extremely unfair and that traumatic experiences can happen at any point in a person's life.
  • Williams believes that it is important to recognize the role that trauma plays in shaping a person's identity and to use it as a tool for growth and self-discovery.
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The Importance of Being Present in the Moment

  • Williams believes that it is important to be present in the moment and to experience triggers as they happen.
  • She finds it interesting to observe her own reactions to triggers and to learn from them.
  • Williams believes that every moment is an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • She believes that it is important to recognize when one's brain is reacting to a trigger and to actively make decisions to avoid falling back into old patterns of behavior.
  • Williams believes that being present in the moment is key to personal growth and self-discovery.
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