Q & A with Sophie Turner

Q & A with Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner.

In HBO's Game of Thrones, her character Sansa Lannister, nee Stark, always seems overwhelmed by the circumstances that led to her father's death and her captivity in a palace far, far away from her home in the north, as battles rage on in other parts of the fictional realm of Westeros.

But as M found out in a recent phone chat with Sophie Turner from London, the 18-year-old actress who plays Sansa, is nothing like her "depressed" character.

The show's fourth season premieres here on Sunday at 10pm on HBO and HBO HD (StarHub TV Ch 601).

Q: Season 3 of the show was devastating for fans because some key characters were given the chop during the infamous Red Wedding episode. Has it been hard for the cast as well?

It's very upsetting because we always think of ourselves as a big family.

They don't hang around the hotel any more. I haven't seen them (Michelle Fairley who plays Catelyn Stark and Richard Madden who plays Robb Stark) in a long time. It's a big loss to the cast.

Q: Last season's Red Wedding became a cultural moment. Videos of people's reactions to the shock killings went viral on YouTube. What can you tell us about a rumoured Purple Wedding coming soon on this season, and the fate of your own character?

I don't know what the Purple Wedding is, and I don't even know what the Red Wedding was (laughs).

I think I'm always nervous about what happens to me ... the amount of people killed on this show is ridiculous.

Q: How will Sansa change in Season 4?

Sansa at the beginning was very naive and vulnerable but she has definitely learnt to manipulate the manipulators.

She was playing naive because she knows at some point she can get her own back. She will become a force to be reckoned with.

Q: Which other character would you love to play?

I'd really like to play Cersei (the scheming queen of Westeros). I think she'd be fun.

A character like Arya (Sansa's feisty younger sister) or Brienne (a fearless female warrior) where they get to wear trousers and flat shoes would be fun.

Sometimes you can't sit down in the dresses I wear.

This article was published on April 9 in The New Paper.

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