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'Game of Thrones' Star Reveals Social Media Helped Cause Her Depression

'Game of Thrones' Star Reveals Social Media Helped Cause Her Depression
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:45 AM

While "Game of Thrones" was hitting an all-time high, its star Sophie Turner had hit an all-time low, suffering from massive depression and thoughts of suicide prompted, in part, by criticism on social media.

The 23-year-old actress, who plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO series, revealed all in a candid interview Tuesday with Dr. Phil on his podcast, "Phil in the Blanks."

Turner's mental-health struggles began four years after she began filming "Game of Thrones." She was just 17 and, like most other teenagers, was dealing with weight gain and spotty skin. The difference was that, while other girls her age could hide in the comfort of their homes, Turner was constantly in the spotlight. 

"I was so in love with ['Game of Thrones']... I couldn't believe I was going to get paid for it... Everything was incredible," Turner told Dr. Phil, according to Fox News. "It only started to kind of go downhill I think when I started to hit puberty, really puberty though at like 17, and my metabolism was slowing down massively, and I was gaining weight, and there was social media scrutiny and everything — and that's when it kind of hit me."

She said people would call her fat and comment about her skin. Some even took to calling her a bad actress.

"I would just believe it," she said. "I would just say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ I just believed it."

Turner told Dr. Phil that she often thought of suicide when she was younger and during the HBO show's off-season she would hide in her house, avoiding her friends, Cosmopolitan reported.

"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,'" she said.

Her turning point came when she met her now fiancé Joe Jonas, who helped her learn to love herself; " [sometimes I] don’t think I love myself at all, but I’m now with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose," she said, according to Fox News. "And when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is and I think that makes you love yourself a bit more. So yeah, I love myself."

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While "Game of Thrones" was hitting an all-time high, its star Sophie Turner had hit an all-time low, suffering from massive depression and thoughts of suicide prompted, in part, by criticism on social media.
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