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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.


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.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
I agree Tygroth. I always took "Horse-face" with a grain of salt. I think only a couple people called her that (I think it was Sansa and Jayne) and I think they were just trying to be mean. Kids, especially siblings who are so different, say mean things all the time. They don't really have to be literal or true. She is supposed to be a tomboy, and her looks aren't supposed to be "princessy" or delicate like Sansa, but that doesn't mean she necessarily has to have a long, literally horse-like face.

I think she looks perfect for the part. Sansa too, although I wonder if they're going to change her hair, since Sansa isn't blond. In the end, it's the story and acting I care about more though :) and it sounds like everything is working out well so far. I'm stoked!
Aug. 25th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
i agree fully


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