Actress Sophie Turner opened up about mental health issues in her family during an interview with Dr. Phil in his podcast, Phil in the Blanks.
The 22-year-old plays Sansa Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, which she has been a part of since the fantasy series began filming in July 2010, when she was 14.
Comments about her weight and criticism of her acting on social media took a toll on the impressionable then-teenage actress and said it was a catalyst for her depression.
“I would just believe it. 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.”
“I’d be concerned about angles, I’d be concerned about face. I have a big nose, I don’t know how to angle myself, and it would just affect me creatively.”
“I couldn’t be true to the character because I would be thinking about Sophie.”
I just watched it, I can't believe how mean people are I think she's beautiful and a fabulous actress— AmenRa (@AmenRa12418043) April 16, 2019
Her decision to choose her career and live at home with her parents instead of going to University with her friends exacerbated her feelings of isolation and lack of motivation.
“I had no motivation to do anything or go out. 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.'”
Kudos to her for helping to break the stigma of talking about mental health!— That little punk kid running Canada (@Kokanee_Groper) April 18, 2019
You are one of the strongest women we know!!!! I believe it though, with any sort of an emotional vice, we as a people just let our emotions take to much control!— veronica (@verclm1) April 18, 2019
Although she admitted she could never hurt herself, Turner admitted of contemplating suicide when her depression became prevalent when she was 17 and didn’t understand why.
“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.”
I just want to hug @SophieT and protect her from everything bad— jessi (@jld773) April 18, 2019
I've struggled with depression/anxiety all my life. It's just a chemical imbalance in the brain. My happy pills help so much. Your are an amazing actor. And from what I've seen and read an amazing person. Don't listen to criticism.— Monica smith (@Monicasmombo) April 17, 2019
Turner said is doing better thanks to sessions with her therapist and being on medication. But she still sometimes struggles with her depression.
“I’ve suffered with my depression for five or six years now. The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge.”
“I’m on medication and I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think.”
The world dont deserve her 🙁— Maya Fraser ⭙ (@DevaneiosMaya) April 17, 2019
Her engagement to Joe Jonas has been a blessing.
“When someone tells you they love you, it makes you really think about why that is. I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.”
As more and more public figures open up about mental health issues, hopefully we can see a societal change in attitudes and acceptance. Thanks for sharing!— Greg Burzynski (@drgregburzynski) April 17, 2019
Dr. Phil commended the actress on her transparency with mental health issues, saying that she is helping to save thousands of lives in America this year.
“That is absolutely what I hope to be like. To speak about it and be transparent about it. That’s the payoff I would like is for people to not feel so alone and feel encouraged to talk to someone about it.”
Grown ass adults spent their time hurling insults at her when she was still a child. Despite all the bullying she suffered from, she has grown up into an amazing woman and will continue to flourish. ❤️— Stark Loyalist — de ♡ (@qitns) April 17, 2019
@SophieT it breaks my heart that you had so many negative comments sent to you. When I think of you, it brings up on me a lot of admiration for your talent and bravery. I'm so happy I'm having the opportunity to watch you shine. You are very loved indeed.— pedro (@pedrohribeiro13) April 18, 2019
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
You can watch the full interview of the Phil in the Blanks podcast in the YouTube clip, below.