Thursday 23 May 2019

Sophie Turner speaks candidly about depression and her 'destructive' friendship with Maisie Williams

British actress Sophie Turner arrives for the
British actress Sophie Turner arrives for the "Game of Thrones" eighth and final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 3, 2019 in New York city. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
Sophie Turner attends the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 screening at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Sophie Turner with on-screen Game Of Thrones sister Maisie Williams (Liam McBurney/PA)
British actress Maisie Williams (L) and British actress Sophie Turner (R) arrive for the "Game of Thrones" eighth and final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 3, 2019 in New York city. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner posed together on the red carpet as they prepare to say goodbye to Game Of Thrones (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams as Sansa and Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
Actresses Sophie Turner (left) and Maisie Williams arrive at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, for the wedding ceremony of their Game Of Thrones co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Actresses Sophie Turner (left) and Maisie Williams arrive at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, for the wedding ceremony of their Game Of Thrones co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. Picture: Instagram
Sophie Turner is engaged to the singer Joe Jonas (Ian West/PA)
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. Picture: Instagram
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has spoken at length about her struggles with depression, which began during her early years starring on the hit show.

Turner, now 23, was just 14 when she took on the role of Sansa Stark and said that she used to "think about suicide a lot" when she was younger, and she touched on her close friendship with co-star Maisie Williams, who was "going through the same thing". "

"I've suffered with my depression for five or six years now," she said on Dr Phil's podcast Phil in the Blanks. "The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge. It's weird. I say I wasn't very depressed when I was younger, but I used to think about suicide a lot when I was younger. I don't know why though."

"I have a friend, Maisie who was on the show with me, she's just a year younger than me and we were growing up together," she added. "She was my best friend, and she was the only one I really told about everything. Maisie and I used to do it [stay inside] together. I think being friends with each other was quite destructive because we were going through the same thing.

Actresses Sophie Turner (left) and Maisie Williams arrive at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, for the wedding ceremony of their Game Of Thrones co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Actresses Sophie Turner (left) and Maisie Williams arrive at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, for the wedding ceremony of their Game Of Thrones co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

"We would get home from set, go to a Tesco, a little supermarket, across the road and just buy food. We'd go back to our room and eat it in bed. We never socailised for a couple of years."

Sophie, who is on medication and in therapy, is engaged to singer Joe Jonas and said he has helped in being kinder to herself.

"I love myself now, or more than I used to," she said. "I'm now with someone that makes me realise, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose, and when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you realise why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more."

When facing criticism in the past, she said she would "just believe" trolls who would call her names. "I would just believe it. 'I would say, 'Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.' I would just believe it. I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious."

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Samaritans helpline 116 123 or Aware helpline 1800 80 48 48 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247.

Sophie Turner is engaged to the singer Joe Jonas (Ian West/PA)
Sophie Turner is engaged to the singer Joe Jonas (Ian West/PA)

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