“I remember when I first got the job for ‘Thrones’ being like ‘Oh my God. I can’t believe I get to do this! And my Mom was like ‘And you get paid as well,’ and I said ‘I get paid?,'” recalls “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner after landing the role of Sansa Stark on the megahit HBO series. Turner, who recently won a Glamour Award for Best UK TV Actress, has been nominated four times at the Screen Actors Guild Awards as part of the ensemble. In our recent interview (watch above), she says the awards attention from her peers is definitely the icing on the cake: “To have people recognizing me for the work that I do, to be nominated for awards is… crazy. It’s very humbling. I don’t do it for that, but it’s such a bonus and so nice to know that peers — actors that are in the industry that really know what you go through everyday — it’s so cool to have them recognize your work.”
For this past Emmy-winning sixth season of “Game of Thrones,” she worked hand-in-hand with her back-from-the-dead brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) to take down Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). In previous seasons Sansa had always had to sit back and take orders, but she’s now calling the shots. From the earliest days on the show, Turner reveals she looked to her co-stars to make sure she portrayed the transition just perfectly: “One of the scenes was really intense. It was when Sansa sees her father’s head on the spike for the first time, so they really put us through it. But it was really fun, I loved the auditioning process. It was a really fun time, even though I had no idea what I was auditioning for.
As the episodes and seasons went by, she says, “Sansa is who she is because of the people she’s been around like Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Cersei (Lena Headey). That’s how she learned to manipulate, and that’s how she learned to play the game. So I really kind of do watch Lena’s performances and Natalie’s performance and their characters from when Sansa was around them and Littlefinger, and I kind of try to draw things from them like Sansa is. Kind of mirroring that to make her the person that she is because she really is kind of a product of her environment.”
“Game of Thrones” recently entered the Emmy record books by becoming the most awarded scripted series in history with 38 wins. Turner herself finds it hard to comprehend because even though we at Gold Derby have predicted the shows past two Drama Series Emmy wins, she swears that she, her co-stars and showrunners don’t see the wins coming: “We never expect to win. We really don’t. We don’t even nominate anyone to talk… because we just never expect it. It’s so nice that people recognize the show for what it is, but we never really expect it. And there are so many really good shows on TV nowadays, so it’s cool that we’re even up against those shows.”
It’s not just Emmy voters that can’t get enough of the Dragon-filled smash hit, “Game of Thrones” has created one of the most loyal fanbases around. She admits it wasn’t until the third season when she realized the show was a monster hit: “The season three premiere was the first premiere that we had and it was at the Chinese theater. I remember seeing people lining up in the streets and I remember pulling up and saying ‘Oh, I wonder who they are here for?’ And someone was like ‘They’re here for the ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere,’ and I was like ‘Oh my God! People actually watch the show. People like it!’ And San Diego ComicCon, the first time I was there as well.”
To learn what Turner thinks of this season’s reunion with formerly deceased Jon Snow, how Sophie herself escapes her Sansa character after heavy, emotional scenes, and the answers to several of the fan questions you all submitted, be sure to watch the rest of our interview above.
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