Sophie Turner details “coping mechanism” for filming distressing ‘Game Of Thrones’ scenes

Turner was 19 when she filmed the show’s controversial r-pe scene

Game Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner has opened up about her coping mechanism for filming unsettling scenes in HBO’s hit fantasy drama.

Turner said in a new interview that she expects to “exhibit some symptoms of trauma” although she feels good about the experiences so far, adding that she has used the tool of laughter with her co-stars to help distract from the show’s upsetting subject matter.

In one episode, Turner (who portrayed Sansa Stark on the show) marries Ramsay Bolton who rapes her on their wedding night while forcing Theon Greyjoy to watch.

Turner was 19 when the season six episode was filmed. She told actress Jessica Chastain in an interview for The Cut magazine that she doesn’t have a ritual for getting in and out of character but finds it “pretty easy to get in and out”.

“You’ve seen on X-Men,” Turner told her in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) co-star, “between takes, singing and dancing together. It helps to have people around who are also willing to get out of it too.

Turner continued, “And it’s just something that grows on a show like Game Of Thrones, the subject matter was so heavy that I just developed a coping mechanism to have the most fun between takes, so I wouldn’t be traumatized.”

When Chastain asked Turner if some of the show’s more graphic and violent themes left her with trauma, she replied, “I’m sure I’ll show symptoms of trauma later on.”

“At that age, I don’t think I could understand much of the stage.”

In other Game Of Thrones news, the upcoming House Of The Dragon prequel series has confirmed a summer release date. The series, which is set 200 years before the events of HBO’s flagship show, is set to premiere August 21 via HBO Max in the US and will simulcast on Sky Atlantic/NOW in the UK in the early hours of August 22. august.

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