Being a celebrity has its advantages. You are famous, make tons of money, lead a luxurious life, become friends with important people who can make things right if you are ever in trouble and get special treatment almost everywhere you go. But it also has some serious disadvantages. Your private life is no longer private. Anything you say might be taken out of context by the press which can result in some serious bad publicity. You can no longer go to a public place and just be yourself like a normal person. You will most likely be surrounded by a horde of fans who will go to any lengths to get that selfie with you for their facebook/instagram profiles. And you just can’t walk on the streets holding your boyfriend’s hands and not being followed by paparazzi.
Maisie Williams, known for her portrayal as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, was recently interviewed by Nylon magazine where she spoke about life’s complexities tied to mass popularity. Ironically, during the interview (which was done during a skating session on the streets of Santa Monica, California), she was constantly followed by a paparazzi (see above pic). She comments:
“Arsehole… Ugh, it’s so bad in America. Back home in England, they just take the shot and go. Here, they’ll follow you for hours”
Williams also revealed that she is struggling with the constant scrutiny and judgement related to every move she makes:
“Sometimes my fans say things like, ‘That’s not Maisie’… I’m like, ‘How do you know what is not me? One, I have never met you, and two, I am not yours. I am myself … When I step out with a shorter skirt on, or a little bit more makeup, people say, ‘What’s happening?’ But this is what I do in everyday life. It’s who I am.”
“I can do normal things, but not in a normal way. When I go out clubbing, it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re that girl from that show!’ So I wear caps. When I go to a music festival, I wear a mask, because, well, it is fun to wear masks, and also it is nice to walk around without taking pictures all the time.”