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Sophie Turner Bombshell: How Limelight Affected ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star’s Mental Health

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the fantasy drama television show “Game of Thrones,” recently shared her constant struggles with anxiety, depression and her mental health. She even revealed how film and television studios have pressured her to lose weight for the role.

The English actress confessed to seeing a therapist in hopes of coping up with the pressures of fame. In an interview for Marie Claire Australia’s May 2019 issue, she shared that she has been through a lot over the past years. Not only did her metabolism change, her mental illness also got worse than before.

Turner shared how the pressure to lose weight came from film and television studios. Eventually, she had to seek professional help in dealing with the pressure.

“Everyone needs a therapist, especially when people are constantly telling you you're not good enough and you don't look good enough,” Sophie said.

In an episode of the “Phil in the Blanks” podcast, Turner disclosed some of the comments she would typically receive from the public. Most of the comments focused on her weight gain and how spotty her skin has become.

“People used to say, ‘Sansa got fat,’ or ‘Damn, Sansa gained 10 pounds’ or ‘Damn, Sansa needs to lose 10 pounds,’” she said.

There was even a time when she had suicidal thoughts as a teenager, saying that “it’s weird.” Turner clarified that she wasn’t very depressed during her teenage years, but she used to think about the idea of suicide and death a lot despite not knowing why.

Meanwhile, Joe Jonas’ wife admitted how the comments made her worry about her appearance. It impacted how she did her job as well as how she interacted with the media. Turner shared that she realized what it means to be a celebrity with mental illness and what it can also do to the people around her.

The actress went on to explain how her husband played a critical role in the process of loving herself despite her mental struggles.

“When someone tells you they love you every day it makes you love yourself,” Sophie told Dr. Phil McGraw.