From the outside looking in, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO series Game of Thrones, seems to have it all. But the actress and fiancée of Joe Jonas is opening up about her mental health struggles. In a recent interview on Dr. Phil’s podcast, Phil in the Blanks, the 23-year-old revealed that she’s dealing with depression.
“Since I was really young, we’ve had a whole mental health thing in our family,” Sophie tells Dr. Phil. “My immediate family and myself as well, mental health problems. The biggest challenge and I’ve had it for the longest out of all my mental health problems is my depression. I’ve suffered with depression for about five or six years now. The biggest challenge for me is just getting our of bed and getting out of the house and learning to love yourself.”
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What she revealed to have contributed to her depression was a combination of being alone and social media.
“I don’t think I had any issues with it until I was seventeen and then it just hit me,” she revealed. “It was a combination of social media on the rise at that time and also my friends were all going to University and I wasn’t going to University I was working but I was still living at my parents house and I felt very alone.”
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Sophie credits her fiancé Joe Jonas and her co-star and friend Maisie Williams with helping her deal with depression.
“I’m now with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities,” she said about Joe. “When someone tells you they love you everyday it makes you really think about why that is and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more. So yeah, I love myself.”
Watch Sophie on Phil in the Blanks podcast below.