Sophie Turner is pretty sure her role as Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones" will have a long term effect on her mental health.
The actress was 13 years old when she got the gig on the hugely popular HBO series that often featured violence and sexual scenes. While chatting with Jessica Chastain for The Cut, Sophie, now 26, reflected on coping with the adult subject matter at such a young age.
"The subject matter was so heavy that I just developed a coping mechanism of just having the most fun in between takes, so I wouldn't get traumatized," she said. "I'm sure I'll exhibit some symptoms of trauma down the road."
The fact that Sophie was so young during her "GOT" run may have been beneficial in a way.
"At that age, I don't think I could comprehend a lot of the scene matter," she said. "And the first few years, I had my mom with me because she was chaperoning me, so she would be very helpful and give me snacks."
For a long time, Sophie was only really known in the public eye as her "Game of Thrones" character, which she played from 2011 to 2019. Now, though, the soon-to-be-mom-of-two feels like she's coming into her own.
"For ten years, I felt like I needed to be the person that everyone else saw because I was growing up and I didn't know anything else. Other than the character that I was playing in 'Game of Thrones' and then other people's perceptions of me, I didn't have time to figure out who I was as a person," she said. "And so when 'Game of Thrones' ended, I started developing, like, a personal life and then finally a taste for what I actually wanted to do in my work and things like that. I feel like I'm only on the beginning of my journey of evolving into a person I probably should have evolved into about ten years ago."