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This is How Sophie Turner Really Scored Her Role as Sansa Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’

Seeing Sophie Turner’s nuanced portrayal of Sansa Stark in the HBO hit series ‘Game of Thrones’, you’d never guess that the role is actually her first professional acting gig. Cast at the young age of 13, the now-23-year-old British actress has definitely come a long way.

Recalling her early days in the show business, Turner retold the story of the fateful audition that jumpstarted her career.

Auditioning with Friends

Turner was about 15 years old when the first season of ‘Game of Thrones’ premiered in 2011

In a recent interview with Vogue Paris, the blonde stunner said that she never really told her parents that she auditioned for a role on the show. In fact, she even went to the audition with her friends just for fun, thinking it was a ‘jokey’ thing to do at the time.

But she was in for a surprise. Turner got call back after call back and soon enough, she was informed that she’s in the top seven choices to play Sansa Stark. This is when her parents finally found out about her venture into acting. As the actress recalled, her mom, Sally, actually freaked out about the situation and immediately informed her father about it.

Good thing, her dad, Andrew, was more supportive and told her mom to let her give the opportunity a try. Her mom eventually warmed up to the idea and even celebrated with her when she finally got the role.


Turner and her husband walking together with her parents on a visit in New York City

Saying that clinching her role on ‘Game of Thrones’ was a game-changer for Turner, is an understatement. As the show’s popularity spread to international audiences, so did grew the young actress’ fame. This led her to score numerous movie roles even while still working on Thrones.

Some of her earlier film roles include a supporting role in the BBC film ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ and a starring role in her first feature film ‘Another Me’. But, her career as a movie star will only get a massive boost when she was cast to play Jean Grey in the latest X-Men films.

What more, her growing star power also garnered her some endorsement deals with brands like Wella Professionals and Louis Vuitton. As of the latest estimates, Turner is worth $6 million.

Getting Hitched

Turner and Jonas got engaged in 2017 after just over a year of dating

It seems like it’s not only her ‘Game of Thrones’ audition that Turner kept secret from her parents. According to sources, the actress didn’t even tell her mom that she was marrying her then-fiance Joe Jonas until right before the actual ceremony. Turner and the 29-year-old musician got married in Las Vegas last May right after attending the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

While Jonas’ two brothers were present at the spontaneous ceremony, a lot of the couple’s friends and family weren’t able to witness their nuptials. Fortunately, her parents may still get to attend the couple’s second wedding which will reportedly happen later this year in Paris, France.

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