‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Reveals Social Media Was ‘Catalyst’ For Depression On ‘Phil …

I find you really fascinating I want to know everything about you I’m really excited why are you excited because I’m a huge fan of your show do you watch the show yeah every day yeah Joe will tell you I like when I’m doing my makeup when I wake up in the morning basically anytime I have spam i watch your show are you like a mental health advocate do you like that kind of stuff I do since I was like really young we’ve had a whole mental health thing and my family what I like about your show is how you don’t sugarcoat anything and you do it for the benefit of the person that you’re talking to you say that it’s been an issue in your family was it like in your immediate family or is this a generational thing no it’s my immediate family and myself as well yeah I’ve suffered with depression for about five or six years now and so what’s been your biggest challenge the biggest challenge is just for me getting out of bed and getting out the house you’re 22 right yeah I really don’t think I had any issues with it up until I was around 17 and then it all of a sudden just kind of hit me is there anything that caused it that you can think of my friends were going to university and I was working but I was still living at my parents house and so that was like I felt very alone by now you’re 17 so you’re four years on Game of Thrones yeah before you start getting depressed I only started to kind of go downhill I think when I started to like hit puberty and I was gaining weight and then there was like the social media scrutiny and everything that was when it kind of hit me did social media cause you to get depressed I think it definitely was a bit of a catalyst you see 10 great comments and you ignore them but one negative comment and it just like throws you off what would people say that bother to the character that I play on my show is called Sansa and people used to write Lego damn Sansa gained 10 pounds or Sansa needs to lose 10 pounds really yeah it was just a lot of weight comments or I would have like spotty skin because I was a teenager and that’s normal and and I used to get a lot of comments about my skin and my weight and how I wasn’t a good actress and and that but and that bothered you yeah and what would you say to yourself about that um I would just believe it I would just say yeah I am spotty I am fat I I am a bad actress and I just believed it so you would go to work the next day how would that affect you when you went to do your scenes the next day well I get them to tighten my corset a lot your back Thanks bullying I just got very very self-conscious I was be concerned about angles I’d be concerned about my face I have like a big nose and so I would be like I don’t know how to angle myself and it would just affect me creatively and I couldn’t be true to the character because I was so worried about Sophie and when you say depressed how did that express for you I had no motivation to do anything or go out or even with like my best friends I wouldn’t want to see them I have a friend mazie who was on the show with me and she’s just a year younger than me and she and I were growing up together and she was my best friend and so she was the only one that really told about all of it and when there were breaks would you stay inside stay in your room stay in bed oh yeah yeah I would amazing and I used to do it together we were I think being friends with each other was quite destructive because we were going through the same thing and so we used to get home from set go to a little supermarket across the road and just buy food and go back to our room and just eat it in bed and we never socialized for about for a couple of years really yeah we didn’t socialize with anyone but ourselves yeah and it never occurred to you that 99% of the girls in the world would love to be you I count myself as very lucky for that but I don’t think I viewed myself as worthy of anything that I was doing how do you do in your relationship um good I think I think we’re good what do you think Jay confident around you yeah yeah I won’t be judged by him he’s seen the worst yeah yeah you’ve seen the worst that it was horrible wasn’t it Jill 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 bit more so yeah I love myself yeah you know someone like you that is an absolute icon to your generation that is transparent about mental health issues can save thousands of lives in America this year that is absolutely what I hope to be like to just speak about it and be transparent about it that’s the payoff that I would like is for people to not feel so alone and feel encouraged to talk to someone about it think about how many girls eighth or ninth grade parents go in their room and find that they’ve hung themselves in their closet because they’ve been bullied on social media yeah and think about how many girls won’t do that because of what you’ve said how many parents will open that door and their girl will be sitting on their bed instead of hanging in the closet because of what you’ve said that would be nice yeah that would be the truth when we post this up we’re going to put the number for suicide hotlines yeah I will get you the statistics of the baseline number of calls they have before this is posted and the number of calls they have after it’s posted I predict it will go up at least two hundred percent and never come back to baseline that’s how powerful what you’re doing can be that’s what I call creating meaning to suffering I mean if that happens my god I’ll just talk about it all the time well I’m serious that’s powerful

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