Game of Thrones's Maisie Williams: Arya 'Always Gets Up to Mischief'

03/31/2013 at 05:30 PM EDT

Game of Thrones Season 3: Maisie Williams Talks Playing Arya Stark
Maisie Williams
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Though she portrays fan favorite Arya Stark, actress Maisie Williams admits there are drawbacks to the role.

"I am a tomboy, but maybe not as far as Arya," Williams told PEOPLE at the opening of a Game of Thrones exhibit sponsored by HBO and Time Warner Cable in New York City.

"She likes to play in the mud and stuff, which I do like to do, but I quite like to get it clean as soon as possible."

Last viewers left off with Arya in the show's second season, the youngest Stark daughter had escaped from her imprisonment at Harrenhal with companions Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey).

"She always gets up to mischief," Williams, 15, said. "Arya has a tendency to speak her mind, and I think I'm not like her in that way. I struggle to come up to people and say what I think."

Game of Thrones's third season premieres Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.

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