During a recent appearance on Dr. Phil’s podcast series, Phil in the Blanks, British actress Sophie Turner has opened up about her experience with depression whilst filming the Game of Thrones series.
Sophie, who plays Sansa Stark on the award-winning television series shared she’s had experiences with mental ill-health for around five years now, starting when she was 17 years old.
Now 23, she’s speaking openly about her experiences to start a healthy dialogue about mental health. “The biggest challenge is just for me getting out of bed and getting out of the house and learning to love yourself I think is the biggest challenge.
Sophie says she felt alone after her friends and brothers moved away for college, while she was working on “Game of Thrones” and living with her parents. She says whilst social media wasn’t the cause, it became a “catalyst” for her depression.
“I would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.”
She says it all started around puberty. “At like 17, 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.”
Sophie says, at the time, she was more sensitive about what people would say about her on social media. She said she would read comments talking about her weight and skin as well as criticism about her acting.
“I would just believe it,” she said. “I would just say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. Yeah, I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ And I just believed it.”
She says she now she feels much better since seeking support through a combination of therapy and medication. Sophie says the support of her fiancé, Joe Jonas, has helped her learn to love herself. “I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think. When someone tells you they love you every day. it makes you really think about why that is and I think that makes you love yourself a bit more,” she adds. “So yeah, I love myself.”
As Game of Thrones airs its final season, Sophie says she’s ready to take a break from acting and is interested in studying psychology. “I’m just really passionate about it,” she tells Dr. Phil.
Thank you to Sophie, for sharing your story and starting conversations that promote seeking support and the need to prioritise mental health.
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