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Mar 17

The reaction to Game of Thrones’ controversial rape scene of Sansa Stark fundamentally changed the actress who plays her, Sophie Turner, according to the actress herself. In an essay for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Turner revealed that initially viewer outrage shocked and angered her. “I was angry that there is such a taboo surrounding rape and that depicting it on screen was seen as vulgar. Sexual violence happens every day all around the world and yet for that to be represented on television, when other forms of violence are so often represented and more importantly, accepted and even welcomed in some cases, was considered disgusting instead of important. It made me think: why such a taboo?”

Then Turner realized that te fact that an important dialogue was created because of Game of Thrones’ scene was actually very exciting. It lit a fire within her to continue it. “Unless we continually keep broadcasting people’s stories of sexual violence, then how else are people going to respond?” she wrote. “This is what made me want to get involved, and that’s when I came across Women for Women International, and how I ended up visiting their programme in Rwanda where women are still dealing with the aftermath of the 1994 genocide when over 1 million people were killed and the UN estimates that up to 500,000 women were systemically raped during the 100 days of violence.”

Beyond excited that on #InternationalWomensDay I’m able to announce that I’m officially a patron of @womenforwomenUK

What made me want to work with Women for Women International was the plan that they have in place for women survivors of sexual violence and war. They not only set out to raise money to help women support themselves financially, but they provide a year-long training programme to teach women business and life skills that will help them to rebuild their lives, helping them not just to survive, but to thrive.”

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The star of ‘Game of Thrones’ is our cover July 2015. We shared a preview of this incredible edition!

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ELSA LOPEZ.

June 26, 2015

 

[Translated using Google]

 

Speaking of television is playing an exciting topic. It is time to comment, analyze twists and fall in love (or hate wildly) a character. Certainly, as a spectator, it’s a good day to live in this, the golden age of television. But what determines a show, to be successful? Also because the public has become more demanding … well, well constructed characters, impeccable production and creative freedom at its best is needed.

 

What better than Game Of Thrones , production of HBO , to prove it? Millions of viewers around the world can not be wrong. The struggle of the Seven Kingdoms has become one of the most talked about dramas, especially when it comes to Chapter nine of every season (where the greatest tragedies occur … personally, I’m crying for the first).

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Apr 15

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There’s a reason why Sophie Turner is so obsessed with Twitter – it’s like her own personal headhunter!

The Game of Thrones actress, who plays Sansa Stark on the addictive HBO drama, credits her 527,000 Twitter followers for tipping her off about the role of a young Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.

“I actually just started getting a ton of Tweets saying, ‘Oh, Sophie, they’re recasting Jean Grey as a young 18-year-old,’ and people just telling me to audition, so I emailed my agent and was like, ‘What’s going on with this?’ ” Turner tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“She was like, ‘Actually, they’re interested in you, so go for an audition.’ So I put myself on tape, got a callback, flew out to LA for the screen test and then I got it!”

Turner says she’s grateful for her social media buddies for keeping her abreast of all the breaking Hollywood news.

“That’s why I think it’s so important to have Twitter and to know what’s going on in the world,” Turner says. “Maybe my agent would have come to me and said, ‘You should do this,’ but that’s how I first found out about it.”

For more about Turner and how she was only 13 when she booked the pivotal role on Game of Thrones, pick up the next issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Thursday.

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Apr 15

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Playing Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones – growing up on set and facing peril on screen – has been quite an education for Sophie Turner, as she tells Jessica Salter



It feels appropriate that when I meet Sophie Turner, the 19-year-old actor who plays Sansa Stark in the phenomenally successful television series Game of Thrones, a solar eclipse is plunging part of the earth into darkness. It almost sounds like a plot line. Sadly, neither of us sees anything – where we are in east London it is cloudy and cold. Turner has arrived bang on time, dressed in high-waisted skinny jeans and a parka, yawning. “Excuse me,” she says immediately. “I’m not used to getting up at 9am.”

 

Perhaps not this week – she has had a week of premieres and evening events promoting the show – but when she is on set, as she has been from July to December for the past five years, she works a 12-hour day. “I sleep whenever I have a spare moment,” she says, laughing. “If I arrive on set and they tell me I have five minutes before hair and make-up, then I head straight to my trailer for a nap.” Filming for the show takes place in Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco – “I’ve mainly been in Ireland lately,” Turner says. “I wish I was back in the sun.”

 

For the uninitiated, Game of Thrones is a medieval fantasy epic, adapted for HBO from the sprawling novels by George RR Martin, that features a cast of thousands. It is set largely on the battle-scarred continent of Westeros, where clans scheme and slay each other in attempts to seize the throne and rule the seven kingdoms while facing imminent threat of attacks from the queen of the dragons and her army across the sea, the former king’s youngest brother, who has a creepy priestess on his side, and an even darker force – the terrifying “Others” – bearing down from the north. Everyone fears the changing seasons – winter, which is coming, can last for decades.

 

The series, which starts its fifth season tomorrow night, drew 19 million viewers in the US alone for the season four finale broadcast last June. Turner has been playing Sansa Stark, one of the show’s leading characters, since she was 14. “I’ve grown up with her,” she says. “I really feel what she feels; I probably know her better than I know myself.”

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Apr 15

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The breakout performance of last season’s “Game of Thrones” was definitely Sophie Turner, whose Sansa Stark got to turn the tables after enduring four years of torment by the Lannisters. Far from being a puppet at the hands of Littlefinger, she proved that she could hold her own when it came to manipulation.

 

But what will she do with the chance to finally avenge her family? We asked Turner to tell us as much as she could without losing her head about Season 5, which premieres this Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

 

People are so excited to see what’s next for Sansa.

At the end of Season 4, she was going off on a tour of the Vale with Littlefinger. In Season 5, we’re seeing the plan that he has in store for Sansa, which is interesting. She’s very powerful — her and Littlefinger, it’s more that they’re a duo rather than her taking control over him. He has the brains, and so does she but she can really manipulate him to get what she wants. But she needs him as much as he needs her.

 

One of the most powerful scenes last season was Sansa testifying about Littlefinger before the Eyrie council.

That was my favorite scene to film, I think. It was so well-written and so sneaky and subtle, I loved it. It was also amazing watching Aiden doing his close-up, and the camera being on him the whole time and watching him just slowly figure out what this girl is doing. It’s probably the scene I’m most proud of, I loved it.

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Apr 15

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Sophie Turner enters a London bar in a black leather jacket and black pants, looking a bit like her transformed character on the last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones—where fans were delighted to see the perpetually victimized Stark daughter finally seize some measure of control by luring master manipulator Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). Here, we chat about last season’s big change, what life has been like since joining the show, her Starbucks fixation, and a little bit about Sansa’s dark season 5.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We have to start with last season’s Darth Sansa costume change.
Sophie Turner: It was so fun.

 

Which you’re continuing here today.
Apparently! I think I’ll just wear all black from now on.

 

What was your reaction when producers showed you the outfit?
It had been the most difficult process for Michelle [Clapton, the series’ lead costume designer] to make, because I was fluctuating in weight, so we didn’t get the dress property until the day we shot it. So I just saw it all together on the day. it was incredible. It was so sick. It was nice having a change and [to] be able to reflect it outwardly with badassness. That was really fun. It’s like, the most uncomfortable costume I’ve ever worn, but it was really fun.

 

Does that continue into the new season?
It continues to a point. And then, um… [Note: We’re cutting this part out because, well, spoiler!]

 

What was surprising was reading comments and talking to people who suddenly started rooting for Littlefinger / Sansa romance.
It was so weird! That was really weird, actually. When the kiss happened, my Twitter exploded with “Eww! that’s disgusting!” And like the next day I got a ton of tweets going, “Ohhhh, they should be together.” Aidan has a daughter who’s like a year younger than me. Game of Thrones, they love that stuff. It was Sansa playing the game a bit more. I think they liked that because so far, she’s been the weak vulnerable one. Then she came out in the outfit she knew was going to—I’m reluctant to say the word “seduce,” but use it to manipulate Littlefinger. And they were like, “Oh, she is actually playing the game,” which was fun.

 

My read on it was that, the hair and her outfit, it was like she was trying to look more like her mom, whom Littlefinger had a crush on. Or am I off in that?
In some ways, the hair going black was more away from her mother. But the outfit was more womanly, and that was more along the lines of her mother. The hair—she wanted to be seen as someone completely different.

 

Who in the Thrones universe would make a good match for Sansa?
To be honest, Littlefinger. Not a match as in romantically, but as a duo they could be a real power duo. They have this weird balance and trust and distrust with each other, and she can somewhat manipulate him, and he can her. But romantically? I really don’t know. There’s not many great guys.

 

How’s your life changed over the past five years?
Obviously, Game of Thrones has given me a platform to stand on and a ton of opportunities for other projects. But apart from that, my private life hasn’t been invaded that much, and I’ve got quite a good balance. Thrones has just pushed me to a level that’s not “famous” but “well known,” and hopefully I can use it to hop onto other projects.

 

Do you want to keep acing permanently, or like Jack Gleeson [Joffrey] do you want to do this for awhile then do something else?
I have a burning desire to work at Starbucks.

 

Like, have a normal 9 to 5 job?
I was suggesting it to my parents, that I just work at a service station or a Starbucks or something.

 

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