Sophie Turner said her mum panicked when she got her 'Game of Thrones' role, but her dad was calm because 'we’ve never heard of this show before'

Helen Sloan/HBOSansa Stark on the ‘Game of Thrones’ series finale.
  • Sophie Turner said her mum panicked when she landed her role as Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones,” but her dad pointed out that they hadn’t even heard of the show.
  • Turner told The Cut that her dad said the show was “probably going to be nothing” to reassure her mother after she landed the role at 13 years old.
  • Her dad said: ” We’ve never heard of this show before. Just let her go for it.”
  • “Game of Thrones” has since become one of the world’s biggest and most expensive TV shows, making Turner an international celebrity.

Sophie Turner said her mum panicked when Turner got her “Game of Thrones” role, but her dad managed to reassure her because they had never heard of the show and he thought it probably wouldn’t be big.

Turner, who played Sansa Stark in the hit TV series, landed the role when she was 13, and she was 15 when the first episode premiered.

In an interview with The Cut, she laughed and said that “My mum had a little panic for a second when I got the part.”

“But my dad was like, ‘Look, it’s what she’s always wanted to do, and it’s probably going to be nothing. We’ve never heard of this show before. Just let her go for it.”


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She said that her parents have always been “incredibly supportive.”

Turner said that she was put forward for the show because she performed well in a school production of “The Wizard of Oz” before the “Game of Thrones” team started to hold auditions in schools around the UK.

Sansa stark sophie turnerHBOSophie Turner as Sansa Stark in the first and final seasons of Game of Thrones.

Turner told The Cut that her parents put her in drama classes on the weekends when she was four years old,”I think just so they didn’t have to sit through any of my plays at home anymore.”

“Game of Thrones” went on to become one of the world’s biggest and most expensive TV shows. It cost an average of $US15 million per episode to make in its final season, and its finale episode was HBO’s most-watched episode of all time, without even taking piracy into account.

The show has turned Turner into an international celebrity, due to star in the upcoming X-Men film “Dark Phoenix.”


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Turner told Glamour UK in March that she faced a “bit of an identity crisis” through her “Game of Thrones” role.

“I had a bit of an identity crisis where I was playing all these people and I’d grown up faster than I probably should have done, she said.

She said that she has since become a happier person, but still faces mental health struggles and admitted that “I appreciate the private moments more than the public ones.”

Read Sophie Turner’s full interview with The Cut here.

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