'Game of Thrones saved me from prostitution,' reveals actress Josephine Gillan
Published 05/06/2016 | 12:42
Game of Thrones actress Josephine Gillan says the show saved her from a life of prostitution.
The 27-year-old had no professional training when she first joined the show in 2012 and is now pursuing acting full-time thanks to her career making role.
Before she was cast in the smash hit fantasy series, she was starring in adult films and working as a prostitute, using a pseudonym.
She first applied for her part because it required women "who didn’t mind being filmed naked" and she soon landed the role of Marei.
"Game Of Thrones saved me from a life of prostitution, and has made me a much stronger person.
"I was working as a whore and at the same time making X-rated movies, using the name Sophie O’Brien, when I saw an advert on a website for actresses in the film industry," she told the Daily Mail.
"They were looking for young women with natural breasts and no tattoos, who didn’t mind being filmed naked. So I immediately sent in a picture.
"They wrote back that they wanted me and I was thrilled because it was an amazing opportunity to do some proper acting. But I had no idea how much it would change my life."
"They didn’t need to show me how to do anything because that’s how I earned my living."
Gillan was taken into care at the age of 12 and said she was "groomed by a family friend" who raped her and pimped her out to friends at age 16. She developed a cocaine addiction at 14.