The Emmy Awards nomination announcements were full of exciting news for the Game of Thrones cast and crew, most especially for 19-year-old Maisie Williams, who received her first nomination this year. In a new interview with People magazine, the actress shares her reaction to her Emmy nomination, and discusses her deep admiration for her mother who was with her when she heard the award news.
“I found out in the best way,” Maisie says. “I was away from her last week, and I speak to her every day – so I FaceTimed her … and a little notification from Twitter came up – a tweet from Game of Thrones.”
Maisie is logged into her Twitter account on her mom’s phone as well as her own, so her mother found about the nomination just when she did.
“So maybe like 10 seconds later, she got a ding on her phone and was like: ‘Oh, hang on a minute!’ – and I knew exactly what she was looking at.” Williams says she went “just silent for about 30 seconds” whereas her mom “started screaming” in reaction to the news.
“I was just so happy and couldn’t quite believe it really – I still can’t believe it,” Maisie says. “And it was amazing to share that moment with my mom. She was crying.”
Maisie says that her mother will be accompanying her to the Emmys. “She’s so caring and so lovely, but knowing her history and her past – she hasn’t been dealt the best hand in life, and there’s been a lot of things that have gone very against her. She has survived many, many times…survived relationships, survived breast cancer and constantly is just trying to do more to help other people.”
Maisie’s complete interview with People on video: