Sophie Turner started on Game of Thrones when she was only 13 years old. Since then, she’s grown up a lot, and just a few weeks ago, she married Joe Jonas at a fun, impromptu wedding in Las Vegas. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Turner revealed that encountering fame at such an early age led to her feeling “mentally unwell,” and Jonas was a big part of why things turned around for her.
She told the Times that by the time she was 19, she needed to start going to therapy to deal with everything on her mind. Her biggest struggle, she said, was with her body image.
“Suddenly, everyone’s metabolism slows down at 17, 18 and then that’s documented,” she said. “My skin and everything. People commenting on it. I was too aware of my body at a young age. And it just kind of took over my mind, it was all I would think about. Calorie counting, everything. Oh, I’ll just eat nuts today.” Her food restriction started to have an effect on her body, too: “I stopped having my period for a year — that’s when I decided to have therapy.”
Turner, who just last week was on a double date in New York City with Jonas, his brother Nick, and his wife, Priyanka Chopra, gave a lot of credit to her husband for helping her to feel better.
“I was going through this phase of being very mentally unwell,” she said. “He was, like, ‘I can’t be with you until you love yourself, I can’t see you love me more than you love yourself.’ That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way.”