‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months. The end of her role as Sansa Stark, the release of her solo X-Men film ‘Dark Phoenix’ and her nuptials to Joe Jonas. However, the actress says that she still battles from severe depression.
The 23-year-old recently spoke to Dr. Phil McGraw on his podcast Phil in the Blanks where she opened up about her struggles with mental health that she says was triggered by her rise to fame at such a young age. “I’ve suffered with depression for about five or six years now, and the biggest challenge for me is just getting out of bed, getting out of the house and learning to love yourself,” she told the psychologist.
According to Turner, her depression had gotten so bad that she began to have suicidal thoughts. “I don’t know why though. Maybe it’s just a weird fascination I used to have,” Turner revealed. Adding,”but yeah, I used to think about it. I don’t think I ever would have gone through with it.” Surely having millions of people hiding behind their keyboards telling a young woman going through puberty that she’s fat, ugly and a bad actress doesn’t help.
Thankfully, Turner had a great support system in her best friend and co-star Maisie Williams and fiance Joe Jonas to get her through. “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.”
With filming for both ‘GoT’ and ‘Dark Phoenix’ complete, Turner says that she will be taking a break from acting in order to focus on her mental health.
See what else Turner had to say about her mental health struggles in the video above.