Page Six is reporting that fame hit Sophie Turner hard. While speaking on Phil In The Blanks, Dr. Phil‘s podcast (of all places), she revealed that during her come up in Hollywood after getting cast on Game Of Thrones, she dealt with a lot of depression and actually thought about suicide. Sophie, no! Sansa Stark must sit atop the Iron Throne!
23-year-old Sophie told Dr. Phil (Who is not helpful to people, like at all, like, really?) that she’s a huge fan of his and watches his show all the time (That’s not something you should admit, girl!) and that really got Phil visibly excited and so he started off by asking about… himself. What does she like about his show? Was it the mental health? Was it the train wrecks? Phil, you are the train wreck.
The conversation eventually got relevant, and Sophie talked about how at first working on one of television’s biggest hits was fun and games, but then things started to go south when she hit puberty and the world of social media became immediately worse:
“I was so in love with [working on Game of Thrones] … I couldn’t believe I was going to get paid for it … Everything was incredible, it only started to go downhill I think when I started to hit puberty and really puberty at like 17 and my metabolism was slowing down massively and I was gaining weight and there was the social media scrutiny and everything and that was when it kind of hit me.”
Sophie says she’s suffered with depression for the last “five or six years”:
“The biggest challenge for me is just getting out of bed and getting out of the house, and learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge I think.”
Being an actress-type and thus having a schedule that involves constant work and then constant freedom, was different from her friends who are normal and moved away to study while she lived at home and worked on a hit HBO show. It made her feel “alone”:
“I had no motivation to do anything or go out… Even with my best friends … I would cry and cry and cry.”
Things got so bad that Sophie began contemplating suicide, though she says that she thinks she never would have actually gone through with it:
“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… 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.”
Sophie is doing “much better” now thanks to therapy and medication:
“I love myself now or more than I used to now… I don’t think I love myself at all, but I’m now with someone [fiancé Joe Jonas] who makes me realize I do have some redeeming qualities I suppose.”
“A hot pop star loves me so I suppose I’m okay?” I have found my self-deprecating Queen! But I don’t love Sophie’s obsession with Dr. Phil, but I guess if watching people who are more screwed up than you helps you feel better, keep at it! And by “people who are more screwed up than you,” I mean Dr. Phil himself, of course.
Here’s Sophie talking with Dr. Phil: