Meet Marie Claire’s August issue cover star, Sophie Turner

She's shaping up to be one of Game of Thrones' most exciting success stories and is officially one half of an LA power couple. But as we discovered, our August cover star's bullshit detector remains firmly intact.

The arrival of Game of Thrones season 7 is days away, and what better way to get yourself into the mood than with Marie Claire‘s August issue cover star, Sophie Turner.

In the new issue of Marie Claire, Turner opens up about the emotional cost of spending a third of her life as Sansa Stark. ‘I just completely gave everything to her, all of my emotions,’ she says, ‘I never used to cry when I was younger. Now I cry all the time – I am an emotional human being.’

Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner is Marie Claire’s August issue cover star

Turner, now 21, was cast in Game of Thrones when she was 13. Much of the cast and crew now feel like family, she tells us, and when they filmed the infamous rape scene of season 5, the scene’s writer Bryan Cogman cried. ‘He was sat there going, “I am so sorry”,’ she says, ‘They had known me since I was 13 and they were like, “This is so wrong.”‘

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Sophie Turner with Alfie Allen in Game of Thrones season 6

HBO confirmed last year that Game of Thrones would come to a dragon-filled end in 2018, and though Turner says leaving the show will feel ‘like there’s been a death in the family’, she’s got plenty of other irons in the fire, including her role as Jean Grey in X-Men. She told us the experience of working with Jennifer Lawrence taught her to be more assertive. ‘She would do a take and be like, “Cut! That was such bad acting!” Her being able to stop [the scene]; it was inspiring to see someone so in control.’

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Sophie Turner: ‘You do feel like you’re living in a fishbowl’

Last year Turner began a relationship with the US musician Joe Jonas. They were spotted on what appeared to be a ‘meet the parents’ trip in London last year, while Turner has joined the Jonas family on a Thanksgiving trip to California’s Mammoth Mountain. ‘I am very happy’ she says of their relationship, though insists she still prefers the term ‘Mophie’ – used to describe her relationship with best friend and GOT co-star Maisie Williams – to the newer ‘Jophie.’ Of the press attention surrounding their relationship, Turner says, ‘You do feel like you’re living in a fishbowl… It’s frustrating [that] it’s the most mundane things that make the news – how boring! There are really no other headlines?’

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Sophie Turner in New York with boyfriend Joe Jonas

The one aspect of fame that drives her particularly bonkers? Stealth fan photos. ‘I find it really rude, and I will be rude back. It’s such an invasion of privacy. I could be out with my mum on her birthday and I will ask them to delete it. I would much rather them come up and ask for a photo. I will probably be fine with it… unless I look shit!’

Sophie Turner is Marie Claire’s August issue cover star

With her ongoing X-Men role as well as ‘sci-fi rom com’ Time Freak and indie drama Huntsville in the works, Turner is spending plenty of time across the pond, but she’s still got a pretty sage view of the Hollywood bubble. ‘People are like, “I love you”, and then they can’t name anything that you’ve done, and they forget your character’s name – it’s so funny, like LA in the movies.’

She adds, ‘I have a lot of friends who were brought up in the UK like me [who] are working in LA as actors. When I go over, I’m giving them shit and being sarcastic. They’re like, “Thank god.” They’re stuck in this place where everyone is so far up your arse. It’s a business town, it’s understandable. But sometimes you just need someone to tell you that you’re not a fucking superstar.’

Read the full interview with Sophie Turner in the August issue of Marie Claire, out tomorrow

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