Exclusive interview with Sophie Turner
You've now been inhabiting this medieval world for three years, what is the most striking thing about it to you?
It's the way that people go about attacking each other. People in "Game of Thrones" are so upfront… yet dastardly at the same time. In the modern day when people do something behind your back they tend not to tell you! It is vicious.
Who are your best friends on the cast?
Maisy Williams I hang out with a lot, and then Natalie Dormer and Sibel Kekilli particularly. Every time when I was in Croatia with Sibel she'd say, "Let's go to the pools" so 'd go to the spa together and then we'd go shopping together. We're very close. Sibel is like an older sister and so is Nat Dormer, they're just really lovely people. The boys like Richard Madden and Kit Harrington they've always felt like older brothers to me. They're always giving me advice - like if they're smoking they'll say, "Don't ever smoke! " and things like that. Everyone just has a really good relationship with everyone else and there’s not one person on the cast that I don't like.
This was your first job. You've grown up on this series. How do you look back on it?
It's been the best part of my life so far. It's better than anything any drama lesson at school can give you because you've got the best people in the business working around you and you're right in the middle of it watching it all happen. You're there and you're on set and you're doing it. Since I was 13 I've grown up loads and I've matured a lot - in my 17 years "Game of Thrones" has been the best experience I've ever had. I just feel so lucky that I've had this opportunity.
What one thing about "Game of Thrones" would people not know?
Oooh, let me think. The wine is disgusting, it's like grape juice and everyone hates it—it's gag worthy. The props people are working on it though so every season it tastes that little bit better. What else? Oh yes, a lot of the candles that you see are actually lit by me. That's a little inside secret: Sophie's wild with a blowtorch.
How do the fans relate to you when you meet them.
They all want to ask you questions and you're like, "Oh I thought only five people watched it—and those five people are my family!" It's really nice to know that people support your work and people support the show and it just brings it home that people actually do like it and people are actually watching it from all over the world. I think it's out in a 100 and something countries now.
What do they think of Sansa?
Oh everyone hates her. Oh yay! I mean I find a few rarities. I think she'd be a bit more popular if she'd have pushed Joffrey off that bridge last season. I do get a few people saying I love Sansa but most people that I come across are not on her side. But it's fine; I'm used to it now.
Who of the rest of the cast do you hope Sansa will get to meet?
I really want Sansa to cross paths with Daenerys because pretending to have a dragon on your shoulder looks so cool. Maybe team us up with Brienne and Arya, who's like an assassin - I mean wouldn't it just be the best army of people? And we got dragons!
Is there another character you'd like to play?
I would love to play Jaime Lannister. He's kind of like a bad-ass character but he keeps himself to himself. There's just something about him where you don't know what he's thinking; he's just so unpredictable. Or I'd love to play Tyrion, but everyone in the cast says that. He gets all the best lines.
What else have you been working on away from "Game of Thrones"?
A movie called "Panda Eyes" directed by Isobel Coixet. It's a psychological thriller and I play a girl that believes she's being pursued by her double. It's creepy, but it's also this love story. It was amazing to do something different - for three years I've been 'living' in medieval times where I can't even scratch my head without it being 'improper'. So it was just a breath of fresh air to be doing a modern piece where I can slouch! But "Game of Thrones"? Nothing can beat it really.
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