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Sophie Turner opened about some of the mental health struggles that ensued while filming Game of Thrones. In an interview with Dr. Phil on his podcast Phil in the Blanks, Turner revealed that the primary catalyst was criticism on social media of her role as Sansa Stark in the show, which led to further issues down the line.
“It only started to kind of go downhill I think when I started to hit puberty,” she explains, “my metabolism was like slowing down massively, and I was gaining weight. And then there was the social media scrutiny and everything, and that was when it kind of hit me.”
Being in the public eye, Turner felt immense pressure to look perfect all of the time. Allowing people to watch your every move also comes with the negative backlash from people on the Internet, and it seriously affected her ability to do the role justice, in her opinion.
“It would affect me creatively, and I couldn’t be true to the character because I was so worried about Sophie,” she explains. She even avoided socializing or leaving her bedroom during breaks from shooting because menial tasks impacted her so deeply.
Fortunately, she also revealed that she’s begun to make a recovery since starting therapy and treatment.
In reference to her fiancé Joe Jonas, she said, “I’m now with someone that makes me realize, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities I suppose.”
As for her acting career, Turner is planning on taking a step back from things, so she can really give herself some time to focus on her mental health.
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