Sophie Turner Says She 'Used To Think About Suicide' A Lot in New Mental Health Interview

Sophie Turner Says She 'Used To Think About Suicide' A Lot in New Mental Health Interview

Sophie Turner is bravely opening up about her past thoughts about suicide and getting real about mental health.

During her interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on his “Phil in the Blanks” podcast, the 23-year-old star revealed the suicide was a thing on her mind while she was filming Game of Thrones.

“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,” Sophie says. “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.”

Part of what contributed to her self doubt were negative comments she would read online.

“The character that I play on my show is called Sansa, and people used to say, ‘Damn, Sansa gained 10 lbs’ or ‘Damn, Sansa needs to lose 10 lbs or ‘Sansa got fat.’ It was just a lot of weight comments, or I would have spotty skin, because I was a teenager, and that’s normal, and I used to get a lot of comments about my skin and my weight and how I wasn’t a good actress,” Sophie remembered. “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.”

Later on, Sophie added that fiance, Joe Jonas, helped her to heal.

“I [sometimes] don’t think I love myself at all, but I’m now with someone that makes me realize I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose,” she shared. “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.”

Sophie is still currently on a break from acting and focusing on her mental health.

“I actually am still on my break. I took a break off of work to focus on my mental health because I thought it was important,” she said. “So I’m still on that.”

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