Actress Sophie Turner, 22, became known worldwide for her role as Sansa Stark in the Game of Thrones series. But all the fame and fortune she acquired over the years as a celebrity were unable to make her happy.
In an interview for ‘Phil the Blanks’, Sophie said that she has been suffering from depression for ‘five or six years’ and that even today she has difficulty finding motivation to do the simplest things. According to her, entry to the series excited her as a teen, but it left her alone since her friends were all going to university while she was working. In addition to this, the fame that came with it exposed her to the opinions of people on social media.
‘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’, she said. She would believe all the negative things that were being commented about her and it affected her emotionally and professionally, she revealed.
On set, Sophie wouldn’t even socialize with other people except co-star Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark. They would isolate themselves on the breaks from filming and share their experiences since they were going through the same issues.
In another interview, Maisie told her account of her struggle with depression. ‘I would tell myself every day that I hated myself.’ She also found it difficult to deal with comments on social media. ‘It got to me a lot, because there’s just a constant feed in your back pocket of what people think of you. It gets to a point where you’re almost craving something negative so you can sit in a hole of sadness, and it’s really bizarre the way it starts to consume you.’
Maisie says that she eventually, ‘just took a step away from it all’.
Speaking to Dr Phil, Sophie reached out to everyone who also suffers from depression. ‘That is absolutely what I hope to be – to just speak about it and be transparent. The payoff that I would like is for people to not feel so alone and feel encouraged to talk to someone about it’, Sophie said.
While it may not be easy to do – even normal things like getting out of bed can seem very difficult for someone suffering from depression – different studies backed up by research and clinical trials have concluded that taking up an activity that will motivate you instead of feeding the negativity even further, can effectively help with this condition. Speaking to someone is also very important.
As such, any activity, such as practising a hobby or getting in touch with nature, can have a positive impact and perhaps even turn around negative feelings. Here at the Universal Church, we offer daily sessions and meetings that will help keep people’s minds on something positive and provide an invigorating experience. Check our full timetable, as well as our addresses to find your nearest branch. But if you need to talk to someone urgently, you can call our 24-hour helpline on 020 7686 6000, where there will be someone available to talk to you.