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Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams embraces gender fluidity: ‘I can express myself and still identify as female’

Patrick Kelleher February 3, 2021
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Maisie Williams has opened up about exploring gender fluidity. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO/Getty)

Maisie Williams has opened up about embracing gender fluidity, explaining that she is happy to explore her identity while still identifying as female.

The actor, who played Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, opened up about her identity in an interview with Tatler magazine in which she and boyfriend Reuben Selby discussed his new gender-fluid fashion line.

While discussing the idea of gender fluidity, Maisie Williams said: “I identify as female, [but] I think that fluidity between your image can be celebrated freely.

“I like that I don’t need to label that, I guess, and can just express myself that way and still feel, and identify, as female.”

Speaking about Selby’s new fashion line, she said: “Reuben doesn’t really see clothing as having any specific gender – it’s just an image.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Selby revealed that he has “always felt fluid” in the way he identifies.

“I’ve always felt fluid, but I don’t think it would be right for me to label it as that because it’s a difficult conversation. I don’t really have any boundaries.”

Maisie Williams played a queer character in The New Mutants last year

Maisie Williams has been keeping busy since Game of Thrones wrapped in 2019. In 2020, she starred in the much-hyped X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, where she played one half of a queer couple alongside Blu Hunt.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the film’s release, Williams said they felt no need to “label” their characters’ sexuality, instead focusing on their love for each other.

“Rahne and Dani have a telepathic connection in the comics, and so we just wanted to extend that in the film and put that within reality.

“If they really could understand each other on that level, then you’d probably end up falling in love with that person.”

The Game of Thrones star added: “It’s not really a story about these two characters understanding their sexuality. It’s not centred around that and they don’t really necessarily label it.

“No one else does either and no one really questions it.”

Williams has been outspoken in her support for LGBT+ rights for many years, declaring in 2014, when she was just 17-years-old, that she wished same-sex marriage was legal everywhere.

More: game of thrones, GenderFluid, Maisie Williams

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