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Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has opened up on how fame made her consider suicide

By Michael Klugey
Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has opened up on how fame made her consider suicide
Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has opened up on how fame made her consider suicide

The Sansa Stark actress – who was cast in the hit HBO series aged just 13 – recalled how growing up in the spotlight negatively impacted her mental health during a candid chat on Dr. Phil's podcast, Phil in the Blanks on Tuesday. 

Taking about how she became fixated with the criticism she would receive from a young age, which included trolls calling her "spotty," fat" and "a bad actress," Sophie confessed: "I would just believe it.

"I would get the costume department to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious".

Speaking of how her depression affected her, she went on: "I had no motivation to do anything or go out.

"Even with my best friends, I wouldn't want to see them... I would cry and cry and cry. Just having to change and put on clothes, I said, "I can't do this. I can't go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.'''

Sophie told Dr. Phil that she first had suicidal thoughts at a young age.

"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," she pondered.

"Maybe it's just a weird fascination I used to have, but yeah, I used to think about it.

"I don't think I ever would have gone through with it. I don't know".

The actress reasoned that her isolated teenage years on set with close pal and co-star Masie Williams could also have been "destructive".

"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 was my best friend, and she was the only one I really told about everything," she said.

"Maybe it's just a weird fascination I used to have, but yeah, I used to think about it.

Speaking about how she is now in therapy and taking medication, Sophie emotionally revealed that it was also thanks to her pop-star fiancé Joe Jonas that she has learnt to tackle her depression.

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

 

Source: SDE