Sophie Turner Gets Candid About Her Battle with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
She opened up about her mental health on Dr. Phil's podcast, Phil in the Blanks.
Sophie Turner first came into the spotlight in 2011 and has been rather private about her personal life ever since. But recently, the Game of Thrones star opened up about her mental health struggles in an interview with Dr. Phil on his podcast Phil in the Blanks.
Turner shared how she began feeling depressed at 17 years old as a result of criticism she received for her role as Sansa Stark. (Did you know that Emilia Clarke suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms while filming Game of Thrones?)
"I don't think I had any issues with it until I was 17 and then it just hit me," she explained. "It was a combination of social media on the rise at that time, and also my friends were all going to university and I wasn't going to university. I was working, but I was still living at my parents' house and I felt very alone."
Turner said she also felt attacked by the barrage of body-shaming comments that flooded social media as GOT rose in popularity-and took the negativity quite personally. (Related: Gwendoline Christie Says Changing Her Body for "Game of Thrones" Wasn't Easy)
"I would just believe it," she said. "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. You see 10 great comments, and you ignore them, but one negative comment, it throws you off." (Related: The Workouts That Prep Natalie Emmanuel for "Game of Thrones")
Eventually, Turner's mental health took a toll on her social life as well. "I had no motivation to do anything or go out," she shared. "Even with my best friends, I wouldn't want to see them, I wouldn't want to go out and eat with them. I just 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.'"
Turner also opened up about having suicidal thoughts in the past. "It's weird," she explained. "I say I wasn't very depressed when I was younger, but I used to think about suicide a lot. I don't know why, though. 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." (Related: Lena Headey from "Game of Thrones" Opens Up About Postpartum Depression)
Turner said that therapy and medication have helped her cope with her depression, though she still finds "getting out of bed" and "getting out of the house" challenging at times. She's also found comfort in the support of her best friend and co-star Masie Williams, and her fiancé Joe Jonas.
"I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think," she said. "I'm now with someone that makes me realize, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose. When someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a little bit more. So, yeah, I love myself." (See: 9 Celebrities Who Are Vocal About Mental Health Issues)
Overall, Turner is now in a much better place than she was a couple of years ago, and she's learned to ignore the haters and embrace herself as she is.
Watch her open up about her entire experience in the video below.