Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner talks about mental health and the impact of fame on it. Considering how she started playing a role at a very young age, the fame did have a negative impact on her mental health. Especially all the criticisms directed towards her. Be it about her looks or her performance, Turner received flak by fans.
In an interview with Dr. Phil on his podcast Phil in the Blanks, Turner revealed how the negative comments affected her so much that it caused a decline in her mental health. She said, "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." The insecurity then led to symptoms of depression that furthered the desire to isolate oneself. The lack of motivation and sense of isolation further worsened as she chose her career over going to a university to complete her education.
Explaining further, she said, "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.' 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."
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The 23-year-old actress did let the host know that she wouldn't hurt herself as she quoted, "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." She is on medication and is currently in a better place. Moreover, the actress is also engaged to Joe Jonas and will probably get married this year in France.