Sophie Turner has a new interview this week with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter Podcast. In the podcast, the actress talks with Scott Feinberg about winning the role of Sansa Stark, her experience in the spotlight and getting ready for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Sophie won the role thanks to an extensive Game of Thrones casting search around UK schools; her drama teacher put her up for it, along with several of her friends. It was only her second audition and she didn’t even tell her mother about it until she’d landed a place on the list of the final seven actresses for Sansa.
She emphasizes how uncertain the early days of GoT were for them- she didn’t even know if she’d ever see anyone again after she filmed the pilot. She notes, “I don’t think the original pilot will be aired anytime soon,” since there were several issues with it. The first episode was mostly reshot, and of course the show went on to be a huge hit.
“From day one, I always saw her as a very strong, very clever girl,” Turner tells THR. “Yes, she was kind of blinded by this fairytale of King’s Landing and the capital and being queen — and, I mean, what 13-year-old isn’t or wouldn’t be?” She says, “I was always like, ‘Okay, and then there’s gonna be a point where she finally uses everything — all of that knowledge that she’s soaked up — and uses it to her advantage. And I think season six was the season that she really showed people what she could do and she utilized those skills.”
Turner raves about the Battle of the Bastards and Miguel Sapochnik’s amazing work on the episode, and once again shares how happy she is that Sansa has made her “first kill” with Ramsay.
Being part of Game of Thrones isn’t always easy though, especially when fans are scrutinizing you- and your body.
Turner says, “A lot of it was to do with growing up in the public eye, going through puberty and all of a sudden I didn’t have time to go to my ballet classes and I didn’t have time to go to gymnastics classes — and I love pasta! And so the most difficult part of it was body confidence and that kind of thing. It can really get you down when, like, thousands of people are commenting, ‘Oh, Sansa put on 10 pounds!’ So when I got X-Men, it really was such a blessing in disguise when they said, ‘We’re gonna get you a trainer.’ I was like, ‘I hate you, please don’t do this to me.’ But I got the trainer, I got on a diet and it changed my entire mentality, everything. It really kind of got me out of this rut that I’d been in.”
Funny fact: Sophie can’t get Sky (the British network that airs GoT) at her flat- it isn’t available there, so she’s left trying to catch new episodes where she can. She says her brother attends viewing parties but she isn’t up for that. I can only imagine how fans would react to Sansa Stark turning up to watch Game of Thrones with them every week- actually, they’d probably love it.
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