Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner visited Dr. Phil McGraw’s podcast, Phil in the Blanks, where she revealed her struggles with depression, the toxicity of social media and learning self-love.
Turner revealed that her mental health journey began when she was about 17, explaining that “it was a combination of social media (being) on the rise at that time and also my friends were going to university, and I wasn’t going to university. I was working, but I was still living at my parents’ house, so I felt very alone.”
She also noted how she often believed the comments she would get as a teenager on screen for GOT. “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.”
However, over the years, therapy and learning self-love has helped ease her state of mind, and she also shouted out her fiance Joe Jonas. “I’m now with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose,” she said. “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.”
“It’s still very sensitive for me, but not as much as it used to be because I don’t believe those things anymore about myself,” she explained of the hate comments.