Sophie Turner contemplated suicide over Sansa Stark criticisms

Gelo Lasin

Sophie Turner might’ve been a global icon ever since Game of Thrones debuted back in 2011, but it appears that being in the spotlight for far too long has its price.

The actress appeared on Dr. Phil’s podcast ‘Phil in the Blanks‘ and shared how the negative criticisms surrounding her portrayal of ‘Sansa Stark’ affected her mental health.

‘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,’ she said.

The role, which the 23-year-old first started playing when she was 13, eventually led her to be depressed, to the point that she isolated herself from her loved ones.

‘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.”

All of her struggles eventually led her to think about suicidal thoughts, although she claims that she didn’t think she would actually push 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 concludes that she still suffers from depression up to this day.

‘I’ve suffered from 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.’