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Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams on the “pressure” of growing up famous

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Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) spent most of her teenage years in the spotlight, and it wasn’t always easy.

Being a teenager is a difficult and confusing time for most anyone, but grappling with the transition from childhood to young adulthood is even more onerous when you’re in the public spotlight. And growing up on HBO’s Game of Thrones put Maisie Williams front and center during some of the most formative years of her life, something she detailed in a recent interview with The Sun.

Williams was only 12 years old when she became the sword-swinging, face-swapping, revenge-seeking prodigy of Winterfell, and her tenure as Arya Stark took her straight through to adulthood. But where Arya never seemed to worry about her insecurities, or how she was presenting to the world, those are thoughts that occupied Williams’ mind growing up on one of the most well-known and beloved television series of the 21st century. In part, it was her large fanbase that made her hyperaware of everything she put online, as she didn’t want to say anything that could put her at the center of a fan backlash.

“When I was a teenager, social media was exciting and new and you could invent yourself online,” she explained. “I wanted to share everything like my friends did. Then obviously, I got a much larger following, so there was pressure not to say anything stupid.”

And it wasn’t just managing her online presence that challenged Williams during these years. Hollywood can be confusing for younger actors; it expects them to be both children and adults, and leaves it up to them to decide when to be which.

“When you are 14, people still want you to be a kid, but you’re also trying to be a grown-up,” Williams said. “And you don’t know which one you’re supposed to be and you’re stuck in your body. That was a difficult time.”

Luckily, these growing pains didn’t turn Williams off of acting altogether. Instead, she learned to narrow her public speaking to topics she’s “passionate about” and stay out of the rest. And that seems to have served her well as she’s gone on to star in The New Mutants and Two Weeks to Live. Not all child stars fare so well, and we’re glad Williams will be sticking around.

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Eddie Murphy finally wins an Emmy after ‘Saturday Night Live’ return

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Eddie Murphy has finally won an Emmy, scoring the coveted statue for his work on “Saturday Night Live’’ — 40 years after his first appearance on the show.

The comedian — who reprised some of his classic characters, including Gumby and Buckwheat, for his Emmy-winning episode of the late-night TV show in December — laughed and thanked “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels during a short  videotaped acceptance speech.

“This is 40 years since I started ‘Saturday Night Live.’ This is my first Emmy, so thank you so much,’’ Murphy, 59, said.

“This is a very, very special thing for me, to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I’m still floating from it,” the actor said.

December’s show was the first time Murphy had appeared on “SNL” since 1984. His first appearance was in 1980.

His Emmy was for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

Among those Murphy beat out for the prize was Brad Pitt, who also was nominated for an “SNL” appearance.

Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat during the "Masked Singer" Sketch on "Saturday Night Live."
Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat during the “Masked Singer” Sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”AP

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‘This Is Us’ And ‘Free Rayshawn’ Stars Make History As First Father And Daughter To Win Emmys In Same Year

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Take a look at Black Hollywood’s Emmy-winning father-daughter duo!

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ron and Jasmine Cephas Jones have made history as the first father-daughter pair to win Emmys in the same year.

After the news was announced on September 19 that the This Is Us actor won his second Creative Arts Emmy as Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the ABC show, the actor joined his daughter for her victorious win from the Television Academy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for the Quibi original #FreeRayShawn

“As a parent, that’s the most fulfilling [thing] I could ever feel,” the This Is Us actor said. “I mean winning another Emmy is icing on the cake, but to see my daughter progress and move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy, it’s beyond words.”

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“The first time I’m nominated for an Emmy and I get to share it with my dad, who introduced me to theater at a very, very young age, it’s a very full-circle type thing,” the #FreeRayShawn actress told EW prior to the 72nd Creative Arts Emmys.

“This stuff happens once in a blue moon, once in a lifetime type thing and it’s just really, really special. It’s definitely a very, very special moment in time right now.”

Jasmine Cephas Jones virtually accepted her nomination on her rooftop in Brooklyn, NY. See her acceptance speech below:

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 4

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Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been delighting fans for three seasons now, and Midge’s combination of wit and determination is must-see TV (especially in my household). And yeah, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3 just debuted last year, but as an intrepid fan, I want more. I want to know what’s happening with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4, dammit.

Thankfully, we’re all in luck, because Amazon confirmed Maisel is getting a fourth season.

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TITS UP, PEOPLE. And while this absolutely amazing news, we know…virtually nothing about season 4 at this point, other than it has been delayed thanks to COVID-19. “King COVID is the showrunner right now,” co-showrunner Daniel Palladino told The Hollywood Reporter. “King COVID is the master of us all right now. It remains to be seen whether productions are going to be fully running before there’s a vaccine. It looks daunting.”

But let’s make some assumptions about season 4 and see what sticks.

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The Cast Will Mostly Be the Same

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Maisel isn’t Maisel without, well, the Maisels, so Midge, Joel, Joel’s family, Midge’s family, and Susie will be back for future seasons. They’re the heartbeat of the show. But depending on the year in which season 4 picks up, Lenny Bruce may be missing—the real Lenny Bruce died of a drug overdose in 1966 in his Los Angeles home. So if the Maisel writers want to focus on the later 1960s, Midge may be suffering through the loss of a friend.

The Setting Could Change

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Season 3 has Midge on tour with Shy Baldwin, so we see Midge working for the USO, in Miami, and other far-flung American cities. If this whole tour thing works out and Midge’s star rises, she might have to move to Los Angeles. It’s the center of the entertainment world in America, after all, and if Midge wants to be as big as she can be, she might have to go cross-country. But don’t worry—you can take the Midge out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out of Midge.

Midge Will Probably Still Be Single

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At the end of season 2, Midge had a proposal from Benjamin (hubba hubba) when she decided to go on tour with Shy. The Benjamin thing feels very done, especially now that they had that confrontation at the end of season 3. And then you have Joel, who looks like he’s seriously stepping up for their kids while Midge is gone. Could that happen again? They did hook up once this season. And then there’s Lenny, who is just…hot. IDK, guys. IDK.

The Weissmans Could Have a Whole Different Life

Rose and Abe went through a serious transition in season 3. He quit his teaching job at the end, he tried to do the whole anarchist thing, they moved in with the Maisels, Rose gave up her money, etc. But considering Midge just bought that apartment and decided that her parents would live in it with her, season 4 could be a 180 from what we’ve seen from the couple in s3.

Susie Could Be a Talent All Her Own

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Susie knows a great star when she sees one, and now that she has Midge and (had) Sophie Lennon as clients, who’s to say that Susie’s own management business couldn’t take off? All she has to do is keep Midge going, and other acts may tap her to be their management. Who needs Harry Drake? Susie Myerson will be the name to beat, and maybe she won’t have to print out her business cards one by one.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4 is still way off in the distance, but at least these thought-starters will keep fans going until it’s a reality on our television screens.

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