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Maisie Williams auditioned for Game of Thrones because she wanted a new laptop

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Maisie Williams was 12 years old when she took the role of Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. In the seven years that have followed, the actress has grown up on the set of one of television's most violent and mature dramas. A recent interview with The Guardian reflects on Williams' unusual path to adulthood, but the most charming bit comes from those early days, back when she auditioned for the role that would make her famous.

Unfamiliar with Hollywood, the child actress had hoped the gig would net her enough cash to buy a new laptop. "The thing I was really obsessed about," Williams told The Guardian, "was whether I would earn enough money to buy myself a laptop. My stepdad, Gary, just looked at me and said: ‘I think there’ll be enough for a couple of laptops, Maisie.’"

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