Anna Gragert
April 26, 2016 3:31 pm

We live in a world filled with labels, with words that help us describe the people, places, and things that surround us. While this is a great use of language, labels aren’t always sugar sweet. During a recent interview with The Telegraph, Maisie Williams made this abundantly clear.

Maisie explains that because of her opinionated personality, she’s always been told to keep quiet. “My school report when I was seven said ‘Maisie is a very sweet little girl but needs to know who the teacher is,'” Williams revealed“I’ve always been bossy. I’ve always wanted to take control. Every girl should feel like that – that they can take control of their future. I want to inspire people to make those decisions based on what they want to do – not what they think they should do.”


Despite her sense of empowerment and desire to speak her mind, Maisie has felt confined by the descriptive words that have attached themselves to her. She states that while boys are pronounced to be strong and athletic, girls are more often than not referred to as sweet and attractive. The 18-year-old actress said“I remember being told I was cute and feeling it was really patronising – what if I wanted to get muddy and play with the boys? I felt like I was boxed in by this one word.”

Though “cute” may be a single, four-letter word, it greatly affected how Maisie viewed herself growing up. She talks specifically about playing rugby as a young woman, mentioning that she gave up on this hobby after feeling that she was “too weak and too small” to play.


In addition to such descriptors affecting Maisie in her personal life, she’s also noticed them influencing her work as an actress. “All the time I’m reading scripts and it’s got a couple of sentences about the character and it just says what they look like,” stated Williams. “It’s like ‘Candy, 24, hot’.” As for the male parts Maisie comes across, she notes that they are always described based on who the man is: “Like ‘Jason, 25, kind, gentle, good with kids.'”

Now that she’s an ambassador for the #LikeAGirl campaign, Maisie aims to encourage other women to be the heroine of their story, to shirk labels as they become exactly who they want to be. During her keynote speech at the campaign’s launch, Maisie asserted, “Chin up, chest out. You are unstoppable. Like a girl.”