Maisie Williams recently opened up about going through a "dark period" in her life where she suffered from depression and hated herself.

The 22-year-old "Game of Thrones" star sat down for a chat with British TV presenter Fearne Cotton for her "Happy Place" podcast. Maisie revealed she was trying to "break free" from the negativity and feelings of self-doubt that had been plaguing her for years.

"I went through a huge period of my life where I'd tell myself every day that I hated myself," Maisie revealed. "It got to a point where I'd be in a conversation with my friends and my mind would running and running, and I'd be thinking about all the stupid things I've said in my life and it would just race and race... We'd be talking and I'd be like 'I hate myself'.

"When I starting digging in and figuring out why I said those things, actually it was nothing to do with myself. So many of these problems are really linked to things in your past, as soon as you start digging and start asking yourself bigger questions than: Why do I hate myself? It's more: Why do you make yourself feel this way?"

The British actress admitted she’s come out of her depression but she's scared about slipping back into that mindset, so she is currently working on letting "sadness wash over her without it consuming her".

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Maisie, who plays Arya Stark in the hit HBO series, says social media doesn't help when she's struggling with self-doubt. She found it difficult to ignore the plethora of negative comments people were making about her online.

"It got to me a lot because there's just a constant feed in your back pocket of what people think of you," she said. "It's impossible to turn a blind eye.

"When I do feel myself going down a rabbit hole, it gets to a point where you're almost craving something negative so you can sit in a hole of sadness. It's really bizarre the way that it starts to consume you."

Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

  • NewNew

    Off topic: Steve Harvey has been dropped from Little Big Shots and is being replaced by Melissa McCarthy. I am no fan of Steve Harvey's at all, but I wonder why he's being dropped from his shows and replaced by chubby white women. That's no shade against chubby white women at all, I'm just noticing a trend here. Did he piss off the right people and is now being ostracized for it? ?

  • Topic Influencer

    I mean thats bad for her. However how many depressed 19-24 yo women of melanin are out there and overcame? Is Yara okay? Jordyn Woods check in. Know you had a rough patch. If its based on her being a Brit, Ella Mai chime in. Like IDGAF kinda about a white rich depressed young woman as much as I care about the young sisters of melanin.

    "findings show that women — regardless of race or ethnicity — are more likely than men to experience depression and African-Americans experience depression at higher rates than Whites, then Black women in turn also experience high rates of depression compared to the general population."

  • Topic Influencer

    He took a nap and overslept since he went in on folks who sleep 8 hours a day.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Because he's black...and they can do that. Contrary to what he believes, no amount of shucking, jiving, or swinging from trees with a banana in his mouth is going to overcome that fact. No matter how many times he rolls over and "plays the game" he will still be black and disposable. Period.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Keep healing Maisie ?

  • Renee26

    Loooordt!! Who was bullying her online? Her character is a boss!!

  • NewNew

    I swear since he supported Trump so publicly at the beginning of his presidency it's been a steep and slippery slope for Steve ever since. Perhaps they've been waiting for contracts to expire since then and now his time is up. I would love to be a fly on the executive's office wall while this was being discussed. I don't revel in people's downfalls but I really find this man distasteful. Seems like he might be reaping what he has been sowing all these years.

  • Karen Brady

    "or swinging from trees with a banana in his mouth". I'm about to log out for life. https://media3.giphy.com/media/3og0INyCmHlNylks9O/giphy.gif

  • Guest

    Her character was SHOOK last episode, she was SCARED!

  • NewNew

    Perhaps. He made it clear during his conversation with Monique that he's willing to shuck and jive for that check and leave integrity at the door. I guess he didn't tap dance long and hard enough. Oh well.

  • Yoni7

    Who? A YT girl with depression and a dark period in her life? https://media1.giphy.com/media/3h3Gg1FgyKQzL5otK5/giphy.gif

  • Vegas1989

    Shucking and jiving...Lord, My daddy use to say that all the time....I can hear him now."Fee stop shucking and jiving and get ready for church!" "I'm not playing with you young lady." I miss that man to death....

  • iWasteTime

    Maisie , Sophie and Jack all have said they battled.
    It may be something with that much fame and success so young.
    I can't call it

  • Renee26

    I haven't watched any of this season yet ???

  • Mielle Downey

    I was perplexed by Game of Thrones episode.

    The night king: I am going to kill everyone.
    Dani: Hold my beer
    It was a WTF episode like was Arya fire and brick proof ? Who is Dani going to sit on the throne and rule over? The ten people left after the massacre. like wow just wow.

  • Topic Influencer

    I aint never liked him since he dogged his ex-wife Mary and had his mashup with the dearly departed uncle Bernie. His time is up like a clock on Flavor of Love. I cant say Im happy but Im for sure not sad about it.

  • NewNew

    You're missing out

  • Renee26

    Or maybe it's the casting couch

  • Kanyade

    it gets to a point where you're almost craving something negative so you can sit in a hole of sadness
    ---------
    Misery loves [its] company.

    Bless.

  • Tinytoon

    Lord have mercy, you can't get mad at people for getting the recommended amount of hours of sleep needed. Well, he'll have time to sleep like the rest of us.

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Topic Influencer

    I dont care about her being cyber bullied much either. Zendaya Colemen of again this same age group...was and still is cyber bullied on a reg. White girl can build a bridge.

  • NewNew

    I started disliking him for the exact same reasons as well.

  • Renee26

    I know... I cancelled HBO. I'll binge watch it after it comes to Netflix

  • Guest

    She became the MAD Queen, she just like her DADDY!

  • Renee26

    ? well we know why Zendaya is bullied... They hate US

  • Topic Influencer

    Im a lifelong diagnosed insomniac. I was pissed he said that mess about 8 hours. I havent had 8 hours of non medicated sleep since spring of 1993

  • NewNew

    Smart. I'll be canceling my subscription as soon as the last episode airs.

  • Kanyade
  • Yoni7

    THIS! I have never watched ONE episode. But from the sounds of it, it sounds like I need to tune in.........when it hits Netflix.

  • Topic Influencer

    Girl

  • Tinytoon

    Sounds just like me. I don't know how I survive on 3 or 4. I spend my off days trying to catch up on sleep & beaver teeth have the nerve to go off on people who get normal hours of rest. F*** him.

  • Topic Influencer

    Correct.

  • NewNew

    I get what you are saying but I feel badly for all people, especially young people, who are bullied. It's hard at that age, or any age really, not to internalize people's hatefulness. I still struggle with self esteem issues to this day (not nearly as much as when I was younger, but still) and I'm not having hateful things spewed at me from the outside world. I hope all of these young people, white, black, poor or rich, overcome these feelings. It's tough no matter who you are.

  • Topic Influencer

    MY SAME SENTIMENTS. I been out here praying for sleep since 90210 was on the air during its ORIGINAL run and you out here ridiculing folks for sleeping. What a jack ass.

  • Topic Influencer

    Until our girls are in a healthy mental state without stigma and ostracization, I just cant find it in the cockles of my heart to care much about Maisie or others like her. Im not all that sorry about it either. I was bullied too. But Lisa Nicole Carson. She was in this same age group, a little older, when she legit lost it all. Due to depression. Maia Campbell. The list is long. Where is our spotlight/medical minute for our girls?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Thats what I was thinking...in GOT flashbacks they've went back to The Mad King saying burn them all like twice...she just did what her daddy couldn't do...I didn't like the ending of Cersei and Jaime (he should have took her out) and Arya basically being a cat with 9 lives...I just wish that they could have shot ten episodes this season....

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Awww. Condolences.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Ijs...

  • Guest

    Exactly. All the shit Cersei did and she dies in rubble. Whateva.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I didn't like the ending as well. It was very unsatisfying. This heifer does all this bs just to get taken out by some bricks??

  • Topic Influencer

    I miss mine too. Hugs the mess outta you. https://media0.giphy.com/media/42YlR8u9gV5Cw/giphy.gif

  • Guest

    Keep your head up Maisie.
    OT: Porsha's baby is soo cute. She is in the new People magazine.

  • Karen Brady

    Sandra no post about Kidada and Rashida's mama passing?

  • Mielle Downey

    I know like Arya was dying and coming back to life had me like this ish is invincible. This show is a PA for inbreeding and why you should not do it. Dany was the product of her family and their sister wives. Jon was like what did i put my ish in and sorry Auntie but I don't get down like that.

  • Vegas1989

    Thank you very much..That man taught me so much about life and prepared me to deal with YT folks....

  • Mielle Downey

    When she scooted past Mountain and his brother hound was like this is family business and i ain't in it.

  • Vegas1989

    Thank for the hug...Too Funny...Now I need a monkey for my puppy....LOL...He is so jealous it's sad....SMH....I think he would like a monkey...LOL

  • Logan Roberts

    Join the club Maisie. *goes to warm up my cabbage, yellow rice & roast*

  • Cocoa Rose

    Exactly. It is hard to feel sorry for little white girls...especially since they tell us to get our own self esteem when we discuss colorism or racism...

  • Guest

    LOL! That S**t was funny as HELL; Cersei was like "I'm OUT"

  • Karen Brady

    Oh sweetie I AGREE with you.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    God, that sounds good.

  • Topic Influencer

    Peggy Lipton died??????????? when? Awe man.

  • Karen Brady

    Is this the little white girl they said Drake was sniffing around?

  • Karen Brady

    Yes... yesterday I think. Doris Day too.

  • Yoni7

    No matter how many times he rolls over and "plays the game" he will still be black and disposable. Period.
    _________________________
    THIS! Say it louder for the regular "punch a clock, I'm going out with my co-workers for drinks after work" folks in the back.

  • EMILY POST

    Why do people find the negative.... in everything. She is on a hit show has a great role that is not degrading, got to make a lot of money and received fame and notoriety. Cry Me a River...

  • Marlika

    I hope she can find a way to continue to fight her depression & self hate & love herself more.

  • B.Loveitt

    That explains everything...

  • Pamela

    100% insightful observation. Didn't he realize that 90% of Hollywood players is Liberal/ Dems, and hates Trump? Well he's learnT now.

  • Pamela

    ?

  • Topic Influencer

    I just read.

  • Yoni7

    IDGAF kinda about a white rich depressed young woman
    ____________________ https://media0.giphy.com/media/5xaOcLDE64VMF4LqqrK/giphy.gif

  • Alextra Ballard

    Nahhhh I think her name was Millie Bobby Brown.... I think... I could be rong

  • Pamela

    "Beaver teeth". Why Lord, why? ????

  • Blaque Mahogany

    No. The little girl from Stranger Things is associated with Drake.

  • Coy little wink

    Money can't buy self esteem...

  • B.Loveitt

    Me either I'm treading lightly those the comments...gotta finish last season. You would think since I'm always in airport...in a plane and hotels I would have caught by now. But no dumbass always chooses to work. Damn me!

  • Pamela

    You ALWAYS come up with the truth. He's finding out now. Sellout.

  • Karen Brady

    Thanks! That's right... I knew she was from one of these popular shows.

  • Karen Brady

    Yess! That's it.. Thanks.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I'm sorry, NO NOT REALLY but for some reason, I don't trust Jack squat of anything these celebs say.... I don't know if they are acting, capitalizing off, or looking for attention to increase their buzz. All the while they are hobnobbing, getting an oversized paycheck you don't hear back NOTHING about their demons/dark places etc. But when certain societal issues arise now here they become "spokesperson". I not into this trick knowledge, programming and fooling of the masses crap by using the popular celeb of the moment. Exactly why children and the weeklings are improperly influenced. HANDLE YOUR PROBLEM and then DONATE SOME OF THAT GWAP TO THE TREATMENT OF THE POOR.

  • GinJen

    OT..but I feel the same way about WHITE homeless folks..especially MEN..I can't seem to mustard up enough fuxs to give when their standing on the corner with their "I'm a homeless vet in need of a few dollars to get back on my feet" signs. With their white privilege and inherited advantage over blacks.. I can't feel bad for them..nor will I give them a red damn cent. The black man/woman on the other side of the street will get a few dollars though?????

  • Guest

    Yup! my sentiments exactly! Then some of them have the nerve to have a DOG with them! really, NO!

  • Alextra Ballard

    This girl is on the most watched show on this planet and dealing with depression and self hate issues. I hope she gets the help she needs....chiiile sometimes yew gotta say fvck it and just let folks tawk

  • GinJen

    SMDH...the fuckn NERVE!!!!

  • Guest

    I know she will not be ruling the 6 1/2 kingdoms, Sansa is not going to let that happen. She's going to have to burn Winterfell down too.

  • B.Loveitt

    Yeap he sure did. He wants ownership of everything thing and they won't allow it. They're making Think Like a Man a tv show and I believe he's executive producer.

  • Guest

    I think they canceled EMPIRE! Six season will be the last.

  • Lady_Elle

    Depression is far deeper than wanting to find the negative.
    There are also medical reasons for depression.
    I hope the cause of her depression has been identified.

  • Yup, I said it

    And stay off of social media. Because that's just a doorway to invite Satan into your home. The actress thst played Sands said social media had her messed up too.

  • RespectSelf

    This is why I make an effort not to go in on celebs online. I see some of the most hateful and judgmental stuff online. Maybe folks think that because it's online then it's ok, but...... It says a lot about who folks are. smh.

  • Indies beauty

    Damn I can semi relate to "Why do you make yourself feel this way?"

    I graduated on the fourth with my BA in English literature and human services. I applied to grad school and no answer yet. Also offered a job to teach two hours away. Turned it down. Yet I feel so unsure about it all. I literally have to get out of my head because this should be a next chapter in my life but I'm scurrreeeddd ?

  • Renee26

    ? yes...take time for self too

  • Renee26

    I was hooked after watching the pilot show. Watch from the beginning if you do watch it.

    I just started watching Breaking Bad a month ago....been binge watching those. On season 4 now.

  • Yoni7

    I watched a couple episodes of BB YEARS ago. Never got pass about 4 episodes, if that.

  • MJF

    lol

  • JesusSidePEACE

    Mental illness is real. Hope she gets help.

  • NewNew

    Mental health is a big issue generally and I don't think it's being handled adequately for any of us. But again, i get where you are coming from. I can't muster up many phucks for the opioid epidemic so i definitely get it.

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Exclude the job offer everything else you said is the story of my life. I just hope the second grad school I applied to consider me. ?

  • Indies beauty

    Good luck!! The stress is soooo real from the lack of uncertainty.

  • Yardgirl

    Word for word, WORD sis!!!

  • Yardgirl

    Preach!! If I get 5 hours I call it win. F that ole piano toofed a-hole!!

  • Dowoop

    I'm annoyed with how they took out 1 dragon so easily last episode and then this episode one dragon wipes out everything. The couldn't shoot more than one spear at a time? I get they need to wrap things up but at least make it make Sense.

  • Dowoop

    I think Sansa and Tyrion will sit on the iron throne ???. Even though I wish someone would kill Sansa.

  • Madashelle

    Agreed. Cersei got off way too easy. Dani went full Taregon and just burned everything. The producers tried to cram everything into six episodes for Season 8, when even HBO was willing to give them all the time they needed. And what was the point of having Jamie redeem himself just to go back to Cersei and die in her arms?

  • Dowoop

    Right! They made her look so soft in this episode.

  • EMILY POST

    Yes could be.

  • Dori Day

    It's a harsh reality especially for the family too. That's why a strong support system is crucial.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    All The chicks look so different than their characters..I was who is this yo

  • Madashelle

    Her sister on GOT is considered beautiful. By comparison, people online felt she wasn't. But she can kick some ass. Arya was always my girl since Season 1.

  • Renee26

    They're petty SMH

    Mine too

  • B.Loveitt

    I know what the post is all about but I'm going to say it anyways. My God she looks odd.

    There I said it, some of yall wanted to do the same.

  • Keyshia Ray

    Who?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    That part took me out...it was rewarding to finally see the fight with The Mountain and The Hound...

  • Bleu Lantern

    You'll forgive me if I don't care about a rich White woman on a leading show. Yeah Game of Thrones is ending, but she'll never have to work another day in her life and will get other acting jobs. She has the money and resources to seek help. Let me know when somebody BLACK opens up. Thanks!

  • Bleu Lantern

    I have to agree. Money doesn't buy happiness, but a rich White woman can get help for depression and stay silent. What topics of substance has she commented or spoken on? Why should I care?

  • Guest

    I think Sansa will also, with her brother and sister by her side.

  • PlayerP
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  • Jethro

    Did her mother like mayonnaise and daisies? ???

  • Yoni7

    Look at you coming out from under their flood of salty tears. LOL

  • PlayerP

    Nigga?!? You too???

  • PlayerP
  • sjames

    they did an interview together and they both admitted they were jealous of each other when they first met. Maisie said she was jealous of Sophie's looks but Sophie said Maisie had a commanding presence and bold personality and it made her feel small in a room with her. I love their friendship bc it truly shows that ppl see more than just looks when they truly are friends/supporters of each other. Sophie is very beautiful but so is Maisie

  • PlayerP

    Naw...that you saying fcuk yo tears! LMAO

  • Yoni7

    That too! LOL

  • datjerk

    Yikes

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    agreed and I like Maisie a lot. Maybe the point of this was to show that stars on hit shows are just like the rest of us...I guess.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Maisie aka Arya Stark is the actress he shouted out to for "putting in that work (killing the knight king)" when he was accepting a Billboard award recently.

  • T Willis

    RWS reported that Star has been cancelled too ?... now two black network shows have been cancelled because the city of Chicago - and bunch of online sh*t starters who have nothing better to do - just couldn’t leave sh*t alone

  • T Willis

    Sophie (aka Sansa) admitted to experiencing depression during the onset of GOT’s success. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) battled a brain tumor during the first - or first couple of seasons - season of GOT. It’s just crazy to me cause if you go back to the first 4-5 seasons you’d never know these women were battling mental and physical ailments smh.

    I can’t wait until next week! I hope they end it right.

  • Missy

    Am i the only 1 tht doesnt watch GOT??

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    a quintessentially British face and features on this one

  • CookieMobster

    These folks need to delete social,media if it makes them feel bad due to the negative comments. Folks gonna say what they want and you can never please everyone, so just delete the source of the negativity.

  • dontgetblocked

    She's 22??

  • lovelygamour

    yes, i know the writing is terrible and you guys have lost all love for arya but please still support my career. lol. in all seriousness people have been brutal to her so its understandable that it would get her down.

  • Dee

    WHO!?!?;

  • MistaO

    I'm certain if most people had to exist as the average Black man does, there would be mass suicides. Most people aren't built to handle any damn thing... All these whiny crybabies today.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    What a pretty lady!! She seemed like a gentle soul.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I LOVED Doris Day! Did U know she requested no service or grave marker?

  • Harley

    I can’t wait to see how they end it! I’m still up in the air on Sundays episode! Seemed so rushed!

  • Harley

    I wanted Jamie to take Cersei out! No way her death should have been that way. She deserve a long gruesome ending

  • Mz_Opinionated

    I have to say; If Cersei is dead. I was not pleased with how that ended.

  • Harley

    Heck naw too easy

  • Indies beauty

    Girl just wanted to update you..
    I got my response today and got accepted into my grad program. So happy but keeping the fingers crossed for your decision.

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Yay!!! That is so amazing, congratulation. I wish you an amazing journey girl! Go shine bright.?

  • Indies beauty

    Aww thanks same to you. Wishing you all the blessings