Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer featured on Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel
By Lightbringer on in Events, Interview.

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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  1. Walter Harrow
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I love how much Maisie understands her character

  2. Cole
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Yes! My ladies

  3. Winter
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    WiC, Sophie Turner was also part of another Woman who Kick Ass panel, alongside Jennifer Morrison, and a few other women from TV. It was brilliant and contained a really lovely anecdote by ST about who here female role model is, she chose Lena Headey. Great panel, you should probably mention this one as well, no?

  4. Sansa Bird
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink


    That part almost made me cry! It was really sweet! That entire panel was fantastic, I love all the things nerd HQ puts together!

  5. Absalom Crane
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I am really hoping someone uploads a video of this full panel soon, mostly because it has the total ass kicking Tatiana Maslany on it. I love GoT, I love Maisie and Natalie, but TatMas is a goddess of talent and beauty.

  6. Lightbringer
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink


    Thanks for the tip! The panel now has its own post along with her interview at IGN Live :)

  7. Kells
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Maisie has such an incredible lock on who Arya is. I admit, watching Arya become a bit of a “badass” is fun but it gets real easy to forget she is only 12. Natalie is always so eloquent.

  8. MX
    Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you Natalie! Very honest and brave. If only more women were like you…

    Maisie, as energetic and insightful as always.

  9. The Loon
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    panel about badass women and they all choose to be male superheroes…which is great because they were being honest just found a bit of irony there

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