Close To My Heart

25 Apr 19
woman with many thoughts

Hello to the tiny pool of people following my blog! Apologies for letting my inconsistency spread to my writing too. Did you know Elvis Presley has just won 3 Grammys. The king of Rock n Roll inspite of being nominated 14 times lucked out 11 times. What a shame! Also, one can hear a blue […]

25 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
MAISIE Williams literally grew up on the set of smash hit TV show Game of Thrones. The actress was just 11 when she was cast as Arya Stark in the HBO fantasy series and has lived her teenage years under an ever-increasing spotlight. Maisie has made it to series eight of the hit HBO fantasy drama Maisie and her on screen step brother Jon Snow hadn’t been on screen together since season one Fans of the show discovered that Maisie is a little girl no longer as her character stripped off for her first nude scene in episode 2 Maisie and Sophie Turner who plays Sansa, and step-brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) have been on the show since the very beginning But now the child actor is all grown up. Along with her on-screen sister Sophie Turner who plays Sansa, brother Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and step-brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) she’s one of the few characters to make it all the way to the eighth season of the drama known for its brutal killings. And this week, fans of the show discovered that Maisie is a little girl no longer as her character stripped off for her first nude scene. The feisty actress was amused by the reaction to the plot, which sees Arya bedding her old friend Gendry, portrayed by Joe Dempsie, because she wanted to experience sex before risking her life at the Battle of Winterfell. It’s a pivotal scene for 18-year-old Arya, and equally so for ­Maisie who turned 22 this week. She took the stunned response in her stride, jokingly responding to fans on Twitter: “If you feel uncomfortable, just know that my mother and my stepdad and my two sisters and my four brothers have all probably watched this too.” Viewers also questioned why the script called for Maisie to undress in front of crew members who had known her since she was a child. Yet she insisted she retained control over the scene as the show’s writers had told her she could dictate how much flesh to show. The result, she said, was that she kept herself “pretty private”, adding: “I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash.” CRAZY IN BELFAST Of course, maintaining her privacy hasn’t been easy since Game of Thrones became a worldwide hit. Even the long months spent filming in Belfast became more frenetic over time as locals and visitors alike began to recognise the famous actors. She recalled: “Everyone who lived there was usually very chill about it until every September when new Uni students would come to town. “They would be like “oh my God!” when they encountered any of us on the street. “It changed every year, but some years, especially when it was getting started, you would have people hanging around outside the hotels. In recent seasons, it started to get a bit crazy. “But for the most part, people were usually chill about us being there.” The English actress understands the impact such a huge production can have on a small city, which has made Game of Thrones all the more meaningful to her. She explained: “You’d meet someone on the street and they be like ‘you worked on my uncle’s farm in this little town outside Belfast’. “People in Belfast felt a real connection to the show, even if they didn’t work on it directly. “I think Belfast really owned the show, which I think is true.” CHANGING SCENE Unsurprisingly, she has a huge fondness for the city where she spent nearly a decade of her formative years. She told the Irish Sun: “I really liked Northern Ireland. “I got on really well there. It changed so much over the years we were there and the city in particular changed hugely and it was lovely to see that. “I feel like Game of Thrones had such a huge impact on Belfast and we loved the crew and people there. It was such a joy going back there every year.” And although the show might be over, it sounds like Belfast will always retain a special place in Maisie’s heart. She’s even considering returning to the city if the opportunity arises to work again with close friend Sophie Turner. She said: “I am so glad the movie industry is taking off in Belfast, because I would love to work on something else in that city. “Sophie and I have been talking about working together and we are trying to figure out what that might be.” After years of working on a bloodthirsty show, the pair understandably want to turn their hands to a different genre. Maisie explained: “It would be great to create something together. I am not the most incredible writer, but I have a lot of strange ideas, so that could be fun. “It would have to be a comedy, something like Bridesmaids, that shows real friendship. “Friendships are written in films all the time, but more commonly the actors are not friends in real life and I think there is an intimacy and a comfort that you find with people you have known for a long time. “It would be fun showing our friendship. It could of course end up being a documentary about the stupid things we have done!” The young pals clearly had a great time socialising in Belfast and over the years they developed a few favorite locals. “They have a lot of good bars in Belfast,” she says with a fond laugh. “There was a place called Made in Belfast which has really great dinners. It was really close to our hotel and it was proper Irish food, so that was lovely. “It was something you couldn’t get in London, so every year going back, it was a bit of a ritual to go to that restaurant.” HUGE PROFILE Like other cast members, Game of Thrones has given Maisie a huge profile and she has been flooded with offers of interesting work. But it seems a break is now on the cards after she dyed her hair pink. Explaining the radical image change, she said: “I guess, subconsciously, I dyed it because I didn’t have to work.” Fans needn’t worry, as she has already clocked up a number of short and feature-length film credits. It seems she has taken a considered approach to the opportunities coming her way, opting to go outside her comfort zone with a role in the X Men spin-off movie New Mutants. Shot in 2017 in between seasons of Game of Thrones, Maisie plays Scottish mutant Wolfsbane who struggles to reconcile her religious beliefs with her wolf powers. Despite a clamour from Marvel fans, there’s still no sign of it hitting cinemas, and there have been reports that the delay is a result of some scenes being re-shot to make it scarier. [article-rail-section title=”most read in TV and Showbiz” posts_category=”169″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Regardless of its release date, it was an enjoyable challenge for the young actress keen to try something new. She said: “My character in New Mutants is far more introverted than any I’ve played before and she has powers which she doesn’t know how to use. “I think she is terrified of what they do to her. It was very different for me to do as an actor and I’m looking forward to people seeing it.” Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, and Maisie Williams at the Game of Thrones season finale premiere in Belfast Maisie said the show’s writers had told her she could dictate how much flesh to show in her first nude scene Made in Belfast was a favourite haunt for the Game of Thrones cast
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familyencouragement

A strong marriage has at the core a relationship that is defined by a healthy friendship. If one can learn and apply the characteristics of a friendship then that relationship will be stronger, happier and deeper. One of the qualities of friends is that they comfort each other in times of sorrow and grief. “…Judah’s […]

25 Apr 19
GC LIVE

Words By Emily Hollitt. Hamish Anderson took a very classic rock approach with his latest ‘Out of my Head’ album, due to hit all platforms May 3rd. The album creates an accessible landscape of sounds suitable for all listeners, incorporating a whole lot of rock, a bit of blues, Americana, soul, pop and everything in […]

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Thoughts With Tea

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25 Apr 19
lost in god music

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Justin Jones

An acquired taste It’s not everyday that a 13-year-old-girl has dreams of reaching the top of the wine business management world, but for Remington Jorgenson (Remi), that was exactly it. Remi, 21, developed her passion for the wine industry roughly eight years ago when she decided she wanted to follow in her father, Brooks Jorgenson’s, […]

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Nekomemeow

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25 Apr 19
Mrs B's Book Reviews

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25 Apr 19
THINK TANK

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Back Rolls To Bank Rolls

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25 Apr 19
Cate Speaks

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