In her four years of playing mature-beyond-her-years tomboy Arya Stark on Game of Thrones (HBO, Sundays, 9 P.M.), Maisie Williams has mastered swordplay and horseback riding. Now she's beefing up her skill set yet again. "I started driving lessons!" explains the 17-year-old U.K. native. "I can't wait to get my own car." The HBO drama's fan favorite talks to Us Weekly.
Us Weekly: Is it hard to grasp the show's huge success?
Maisie Williams: It changed my whole life. The way I see it, before the show is when I was a child. Then Game of Thrones onward is when I became me. Nearly every single day, when I leave the house, I am recognized. People want photos or just to chat -- it's really lovely.
Us: Any funny fan stories?
MW: I stay in touch with Sophie Turner, and if someone recognizes one of us, they'll often not realize there's Arya and Sansa. They're fangirling so much, they don't even look over!
Us: Arya is becoming a real warrior. Ever get hurt doing your own stunts?
MW: Yes, during the scene where Arya stabs the Hound [Rory McCann] and the sword warps and bends. I was pushing so hard that the blade flicked up and hit me in my brow bone. For the rest of the day, they had to shoot me face-on, because from the side I had a massive lump!
Us: Confess: Is the Hound a pussycat off camera?
MW: Before breakfast, he's not the happiest chappie, but after, he's the loveliest guy. We have our own "egg language" that Rory taught me. If the day is getting really long, he'll say, "Are we nearly finished?" in our language. Everyone else is like, "What the hell are you two doing?" We have a good laugh.