Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark, the Lady of Winterfell, sat down with Dr. Phil recently and spoke candidly about her battle with depression while filming Game of Thrones.
Talking on the podcast Phil in the Blanks, Turner revealed that she started to struggle with depression at 17, three years after she started working on the show. “It only started to kind of go downhill, I think, when I started to hit puberty, and really puberty, though, at like 17,” she says.
Turner continues, “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. I would just say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. Yeah, I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ And I just believed it.”
Thankfully, Turner no longer feels this way, although it has taken therapy and treatment to get there. Her fiancé Joe Jonas, she says, has helped massively with her progression. “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,” she says.
Watch the interview in full below.