Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams has surprised fans by saying she does not call herself a feminist.
The 18-year-old, who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, has spoken about the importance of feminism in the past, but clarified her position in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
She said when she first learned of the word ‘feminist’, she was confused why people felt the need to label themselves.
“I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t that just like everyone?’” she said.
Going on, she says: “And then I realised everyone is not a feminist, unfortunately. But I also feel like we should stop calling feminists ‘feminists’ and just start calling people who aren’t feminist ‘sexist’ – and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist.”
The actress, who also starred in Doctor Who, said she is scared of voicing feminist opinions, in case she gets abuse online.
“I sometimes really worry about speaking up about feminist subjects out of fear of being bashed by women on social media. And there’s something not right there. Yeah, sometimes it’s men too. But there are women who are just nasty. I’m trying to do the best I can. I got a voice. I believe in equality and I know I have more power than the average person to reach people. And I just get petrified in case people are rude. You don’t want to put yourself through that.”