Those hoping to see Sansa claim the Iron Throne tonight might be interested in a new interview with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, who shared her difficulties with body image and the importance of therapy. Speaking to the Sunday Times Magazine, Turner discussed grappling with fame’s destructive impact as a teen, her ailment eating, and how she attained her hard-won happiness.
“Having your adolescence being displayed in public, thats something I genuinely wish hadnt happened, ” Turner told the magazine. Being in the age of social media when thats happening, I guess I would be a much saner person if I hadnt been documented from 13 your most awkward, uncomfortable, unsure-of-yourself years.”
“Suddenly, everyones metabolism slows down at 17, 18 and then thats documented, ” she said. “My skin and everything. People commenting on it. I was too aware of my body at a young age. And it only various kinds of took over my mind, it was all I would think about. Calorie counting, everything. Oh, Ill merely eat nuts today.”
Turner started going to therapy at 19, after her period stopped for an entire year. At the time, she was “desperately unhappy” and a “complete mess, ” she said.
Therapy proved transformative for Turner. “I just think its so important everyone should have a therapist, frankly, ” she said. She’s also selective about the work she choice: “Ive learnt that I have to turn down undertakings if I need to lose weight for them, because its not good for my mental health at all, ” she said. “You feel so much pressure to say yes, but Ive learnt that I have to put my mental health issues first, beyond anything, otherwise Im screwed and then I might actually end up in rehab.”
Turner was “going through this phase of being very mentally unwell” when she gratified her now husband Joe Jonas, she said. “He was like, “I cant be with you until you love yourself, I cant see you love me more than you love yourself.” That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way.” The couple broke up once: “It was the worst day of our lives, ” she said. “For a second we both had cold feet, then 24 hours later we were both like, ‘Never mind.'”
And then there’s her best friend, Maisie Williams. “Having a confidante is speaking to at the end of every day, her being your friend, it just really, truly helped, ” she said. “I dont think I would be half as mentally secure as I am now without Maisie.”
The end of Game of Thrones has offered Turner “relief, ” she told the magazine, adding, “You feel quite liberated.” Learning who she is beyond Sansa, however, is still a struggle. “Ive had a bit of an identity crisis, to be honest, ” she said. “Ive grown up for so many years as this character. If I wasnt filming, I was promoting it, if I wasnt promoting it then it was on TV. I was immersed in Sansa, so ultimately stepping out of it, I dont actually know what I are ready to do or who I actually am.” Old pastimes are re-emerging, however: she’s beginning to dance and paint again, she said.
As for the conclusion of Game of Thrones? “Its a great objective, ” she said. “From my perspective, its very satisfy. But I suppose a lot of people will be upset too.”
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