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Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer featured on Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel


Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer were guests on Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con. They took to Hall H to talk everything from beauty standards, to stunts, and super heroes alongside Sarah Paulson, Nicole Beharie, Katey Sagal, and Tatiana Maslany.

There is no video of the panel yet, but both HitFix and Entertainment Weekly have shared some great quotes and details in their recaps. Here are the highlights from Maisie and Natalie, including some Game of Thrones questions:

Natalie shared her thoughts on the status of women in television. “Where television is fantastic — and is way ahead of film — is it doesn’t feel the need to polarize women so much… Male writers — and I say this with all love and respect — often want to make a woman either the angel or the whore, make her the witch, or put her on the pedestal. When people ask me about Margaery [on ‘Game of Thrones’], I say they’re not mutually exclusive. You don’t have to be practical and politically savvy and not be a good person. You can be a good human being and just be shrewd.”

And beauty standards in the entertainment industry. “You’re watching us and you don’t realize how much makeup and how much lighting is involved when we look good. We have a lot of help where we are. I don’t think that it’s healthy for young girls to be looking at these beauty magazines and watching TV and these shows and thinking [that’s the standard]… there’s more European attitude — you look at French film, Spanish film, they’re a little more open to quirks and human nature. That we’re not all symmetrical, not all the same shape… we need more of that.”

Maisie talked about the fact that Arya is still just a kid, despite being a badass. “She’s a 12-year-old girl living in this world and we all like to brush that aside, that she actually just put a sword through someone’s throat. And like, hey, that’s such a kick-ass moment, but you can’t live your life like that and be OK in the head forever. That’s not the way it works.”

She also revealed that she has to keep reminding the choreographers that she insists on playing Arya left-handed, as she is in the books, and they will often have to re-choreograph her fight scenes.

When asked if she had ever been in a scene where she wanted to switch places with the other person, Maisie didn’t cite a specific scene, but said that she’d like to be more involved in stunt work. “I’d just love to do more stunts. A lot of times have doubles that do things for us… I’d love to do more work with the horses. I know Richard Madden got to actually gallop, so I’d like to actually gallop.

Natalie admitted she had taken an online quiz to find out which game of Thrones character she is, and she got Arya, which she was really pleased about. Maisie said she hadn’t taken it yet, but hopes she would get Cersei, although Natalie thinks Maisie is a total Tyrion.

Natalie also admitted that if she had to pick another Game of Thrones character to play it would be Arya, which Maisie was quite flattered by.

When asked what super hero they would choose to be, Maisie chose Spider-Man, because he’s agile and unsuspecting, while Natalie chose Batman, because the psychology is so interesting.

It sounds like the panel was a lot of fun, when/if a video pops up online, it will be added to this post!

Update: A full video of the panel has finally arrived, watch below!


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