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Maisie Williams on playing Goona in new Aardman animation Early Man

What were your favourite cartoons as a kid?

Chicken Run. I would honestly watch [Aardman’s] Chicken Run back-to-back as a kid, I loved it. I loved the little bit with the pie machine, I thought that was incredible. Chicken Run was a huge part of my life. And Maisie Mouse, purely because she’s called Maisie!

Is it true you did your own animation when you were young?

Yes, I fully took inspiration from Chicken Run! I did my own little stop-motion with little pictures. I was seven, so it was not great! But it was always something I found incredibly interesting and always something I’ve absolutely loved. It was about a little red ball that had a karate kit on and had eyes but I don’t know if those things were recognisable.

What was it like voicing a character on Early Man alongside Eddie Redmayne?

When we were in the booth together I was quite nervous. I didn’t really know what I was doing and was just a bit shy to really go for it. Just to watch Eddie go from the roles that he’s played — and received huge praise for — in a completely other direction and do this voice as Dug… I was in awe, really. It gave me the confidence to come out of my shell and have fun.

Maisie’s voice: Goona in Early Man

Do you have a pet like Dug’s sidekick Hognob in the film?

Yes, Sonny is my puppy — he is a Shih Tzu. He’s such a little character. I love hanging out with him. I think a lot of people look at dog owners and think, ‘You are so crazy, the dog doesn’t know what you think!’ But they are really part of the family. He’s so amazing. I really do miss him when I’m not with him.

You’ve started filming the final season of Game Of Thrones. How long are you shooting for?

We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April [2019]. That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all. We owe it to our audience and our fans to really do this final season to the best of our abilities.

Do you have ideas about how you’d like Arya’s journey to end?

I’ve always said I wanted her to find peace. The things that have been driving her through her story have been very bitter and twisted and aggressive. I would love for Arya to find her true self again and let go of this anger and revenge that’s accompanied her on this journey. I’d love for her to be happy.

How are you feeling about a show like Thrones ending?

It’s going to be really odd not seeing the cast regularly. We all get on so well and we are such a tight-knit group.

Are you excited, though, when it ends, for the chance to take on new roles?

Yeah, there’s going to be far more time now to do all these other projects that in some ways I’ve missed out on — though I don’t think that has been a negative thing. But to have free time and choose what I want to do with my year is something I’m really looking forward to.

Part of the family: Maisie’s dog Sonny

With such a young fanbase, do you feel conscious about being a role model when it comes to choosing your characters?

Absolutely. But first and foremost, it’s what I want to do. There’s part of me that’s like, ‘I wish I was the hot Bond girl’ but I don’t know if that’s really me. I don’t think I’m that sort of girl. The characters I’m offered are these alternative, interesting women that are in no way typical run-of-the-mill pretty.

What do you do to relax?

I go out and listen to music. I went to Printworks recently. It’s a club that’s opened in London. It was New Year’s Day. All these people had come out for the music. Everyone had been out the night before, and the venue is amazing, the light displays are incredible and the music was just so, so good. There’s nothing like it — the feeling inside you when the music is just right.

Presumably you can stay fairly anonymous in a place like that?

Yeah. If people do recognise me, they’re often quite shocked — they didn’t think I would be into that sort of thing. It’s interesting. I try to go under the radar when I go to those things, and I think it is possible, particularly because people that go to that are usually boys that are really tall! I’m so little [at 5ft], I can just wear a cap and no one can see me!

Early Man is in cinemas from Friday