Sophie Turner has already taken on Queen Cersei and Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones, and now her next challenge will be changing people’s attitudes towards depression and anxiety. The 23-year-old actress, who recently wed pop singer Joe Jonas, has openly talked about her own journey struggling with anxiety and depression and hopes that her experience can help others change their minds on mental health as well. Sophie even has the hard task of explaining why she attends therapy sessions to her own parents sometimes, but insists that if her talking about mental health can have an impact on even one person then ‘that would be awesome’. Speaking with PorterEdit magazine the Game Of Thrones star said: ‘My parents are still like, “Why do you go to therapy?” and I’m like, “Because I’m depressed, remember?” ‘It’s a very British thing – that idea you should just get on with it, “chin up”. Therapy is seen as a bit self-indulgent, a bit soft. But therapy and medication have helped me immeasurably.’ The British actress, who is set to play a young Jean Grey in the X-Men spin-off Dark Phoenix, has been openly championing the discussion on mental health for a while now and even stood up to Piers Morgan on Twitter earlier this year about the issue. Back in January the Good Morning Britain host tweeted that he agreed with the view that celebrities are trying to make having mental health issues ‘fashionable.’
Turner responded: ‘Or maybe they have a platform to speak out about it and help get rid of the stigma of mental illness which affects one in four people in UK per year. ‘But please go ahead and shun them back into silence,’ she added, to the liking over over 58,000 people on Twitter. ‘The first step to any kind of movement is just to put it out there, talk about it and make it less of a taboo so that people can go and get help and not feel embarrassed to do so,’ she shared with PorterEdit. ‘People feel so much shame about it, so if, by talking about it, I can even have an impact on one person, that would be awesome.’
Mental health isn’t the only issue that the Sansa Stark actress is hoping to raise awareness over, after the GOT star recently joined the list of actors refusing to work in US states where strict abortion laws are active. The star revealed the news to Sky News admitting: ‘I have yet to tell my agents I signed it. They’re going to be like: “What? You can’t work in these states?” Yeah, I can’t work in these states.’ She later came under critique from one Twitter user who pointed out that she been filming Game Of Thrones in Northern Ireland for 10 years and ‘didn’t say a word about the Draconian abortion restrictions here’.
Or maybe they have a platform to speak out about it and help get rid of the stigma of mental illness which affects 1 in 4 people in UK per year. But please go ahead and shun them back into silence. Twat. https://t.co/mvddYPjcht
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) January 9, 2019