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As Arya and Sansa Stark...

... we have Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, respectively.

These were the toughest ones to find clues for, since neither one can be found on IMDB, YouTube, Google, or any of the other places I searched. When you google Maisie's name, however, you get a bunch of hits for Maizie Williams, a singer for an old pop group called Boney M. But of course THAT Maizie Williams was not our Arya, hence the clue that one player was NOT a boney pop singer.

Here's our Arya:

Sophie Turner was just as hard to find. No, she's not the middle-aged actress who played in the DR. WHO episode. She's not any of the other Sophie Turners that google will turn up, either. I thought about trying to cobble together some kind of "not Sophie Tucker" clue, but finally gave it up as a bad idea, and in the end I never did drop a hint for Sophie.

Here's Sansa:

(That's not the best picture, I know. Sorry, didn't have a lot to choose from. I am sure better pictures of both Maisie and Sophie will be forthcoming).

You guys cannot possibly know how hard these roles were to cast. I've viewed dozens of readings for both girls. Sweet kids, some with great looks, all of them bright and eager and enthusiastic... but good child actors are rare. Maisie brought Arya alive in a way that none of the other kids could match, right from the first. Sophie read two scenes; the scene with Arya on the kingsroad, and a much later one when Joff is forcing her to look at the heads on the walls. Two very different sides of the character. She knocked 'em both out of the park.

I think you're going to love these girls. I know I do.


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Aug. 21st, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
IF you are happy, then I am estatic! I have ultimate faith in you! They are gonna be super! Can't wait to see their promo photos.
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
My exact thoughts.
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh wow, not really the easiest parts to play during your casting! Especially for young girls like these.

I'm dying to know/see how Sophie portrayed her second scene (with the heads), only reading it almost made me cry.

Even though the pics aren't the best, I'm like both girls already.
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
I am so excited!
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
yea me too , just so amazing
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
She doesn't have a 'horse-face'. I guess that's good. Good looking girls both. Congrats to them on their big break. Way to go George!
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
thank you for the updates! i'm so excited for this!
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Maizie looks exactly how I always pictured Arya, perfect. Can't really tell for Sansa from that pic though, hopefully people will dig up a better picture of her soon.
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Hah, I knew their thing say (Dr Who) for Sophie Turner had to be wrong! They are both adorable! I love how spunky Maizie is, she's a really good person for Arya!
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Ooooh, this post makes me happy. The girls look lovely and sound amazing - can't wait to see them both on screen. Thanks for the news!
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
Can't tell very easily about the girl playing Sansa, but Arya looks perfect!
Aug. 21st, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
well, the Sophie Turner that kept appearing on Google picture search did seem a bit old for the part..
Aug. 21st, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for finding pics for us. I didn't have luck googling Arya's actress. I wonder how she would look holding "Needle"...
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
They look so cute, and already look the parts!
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Not much of a "horse-face" on Arya. Gotta disagree with some others who have posted.
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
As I recall, Arya is supposed to get her looks mostly from the Stark bloodline and Sean Bean doesn't really have a horse face either, nor does Kit Harrington.

I also agree with the comment below by Metalgoddess, she looks perfect when compared to several artist depictions, especially the one she mentions.
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Aug. 21st, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Arya is absolutely one of my favorite characters from your series...
There is a drawing of her in the artbook that sums up what I pictured her as...the small one with the dagger and the pigeon? do you know the one I am talking about? Of all the artists depictions of her, THAT is the one I think gets the closest in my minds eye. and from this small photo above, this actress has that look...so I am happy, and really look forward to her interpretation of Arya.
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
The article on Hollywood Reporter made the mistake of saying that our Sophie Turner was the Doctor Who one. :)
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