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Game of Thrones alumni Maisie Williams doesn't just have an impressive acting career, she's a force in fashion circles too.
As well as modelling for brands such as Cartier, Coperni and H&M, she's made a statement on the red carpet and even designed her own dress for the Met Gala - a striking gothic black crystal-embellished gown with a long train.
But in an interview with Porter Edit, the 25-year-old actor opened up about struggling with her public image.
She told the publication: 'For the longest time, I was battling with wanting to look traditionally like what people picture as beautiful and I was getting really lost in that.'
The Pistol star explained how she coped with her insecurities, saying: 'Then, I cut my hair into a mullet and said, "Well, I’m not going to even try anymore and I’m just gonna do something which I think really suits me and is still very different to everything I’ve been doing but feels right."'
She added: 'I was never getting the ‘Oh my gosh, she looks so beautiful’ [comments] before, but certainly afterwards I was getting "Wow, that’s really cool."'
Williams went on to discuss the defining red carpet moment that marked a turning point for her public image.
Referring to when she wore a black, semi-sheer JW Anderson dress to the Emmy awards (when Game of Thrones won an Outstanding Drama Series accolade) she gushed: 'Collaborating with Jonathan [Anderson] was really important and, at that point, his brand was worlds apart from what I’d been known for… I don’t know if [Anderson] would even know, but he was hugely important in changing my public image.
'I’m really grateful for that. And I loved the dress. When I look back at that night now, which was very heavily linked to my career, I can also see it was really connected to here, too,' she said while gesturing towards herself.
Continuing to discuss the link between her appearance and identity, the actor who notably has bleached blonde eyebrows, said: 'When you’re known for something that feels disconnected to where you would like to go, every single public appearance is an opportunity to take a step closer to that destination.'
Williams admitted that, like most of us, she's still trying to figure out who she is.
'I know I’m not unique in my experience, as a lot of people stand and look in the mirror and go, "I don't know who I am". That is just part of being human,' she said.
'I’ve got to a stage where I’m not trying to nail down who it is that I am in my mind. Instead, I’m just trying to listen to how I feel and why I feel that way. In doing that, I’ve started feeling a lot more comfortable.'
In an earlier interview with GQ Style, Williams confessed to being initially hesitant about taking on the role of late punk idol Jordan Mooney in new series Pistol, due to the amount of nudity needed for it.
The biographical mini series is based on guitarist Steve Jones' 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol, about 70s punk band Sex Pistols, and in the role of Mooney, Williams works at the store SEX, where the band was created and performed regularly.
Recalling the time she was informed by directors about the level of nudity required for her role, she said she was 'hesitant at first just because of everything that happens in the industry and all the horror stories I've heard'.
She added: 'I want to be in this show because I'm the best person to do this, not because I'm the only girl who'll take her top off.'
Williams explained that after her agent passed on a clarification from the director of the series, Danny Boyle, her concerns that she previously aired to casting directors were put to rest.
'Jordan was a political statement,' she said.
'Her entire ethos was turning the male gaze in on itself, and it was overtly sexual in a way that made other people feel ashamed. If I take my top off, I want to make other people feel uncomfortable.'
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