On the off chance that you’ve been living in a TV-deprived hole (/Essos), Game Of Thrones series 5 begins Monday 13th on Sky Atlantic and – in case you can’t tell – we couldn’t be more excited about it. So, in a bid to still our trembling nerves, we spoke to Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark, obvs) about nudity, her fake ginger locks and the emotional stress of growing up in the spotlight…
Hi Sophie! So, we had no idea that you’ve been forced to dye your hair red for this role…
[Laughs] People are so disappointed when they find out that I am naturally blonde. I get tweets saying: ‘Ugh, I heard that Sophie is really a blonde and not a redhead,’ and I’m like: ‘Sorry to disappoint you!’ I can’t help the hair colour I was born with.
When did you realize how big Game Of Thrones was?
I honestly still don’t think it has hit me just how big the show has got, or why people are putting on ginger wigs. This is my first job, so I think when it comes to an end, I’ll realize how lucky I was to be part of it. It’ll hit me later on in life when I’m broke!
We’re jealous! Series four of the show was very emotional for Sansa, who lost her family and has to leave everything behind. Did that take its toll on you?
It is a relief when I finish doing the more upsetting scenes and I can get back to happy old Sophie. When I’m reading the script and something ha-pens to Sansa, I cry. There is a real connection between us – I feel everything she feels. I don’t think anything in her life has really affected me – I hope not, otherwise I’d be the most depressed girl ever. I admire her strength and strive to be more like her.
Are we going to see Sansa change when the new season starts?
Let’s just say that after this series there should be a lot more Sansa fans. It’ll be really nice when people start to accept that she’s not just a stupid girl. She started off being very vulnerable, but she has learnt a lot and will transform from being a chess piece to a player.
There’s so much nudity on Game Of Thrones – would you feel comfortable stripping off?
There’s also violence and there’s sex – I think it’s necessary to show it. Women in those times didn’t have a huge amount of power, so they had to use what they had to manipulate men. But it’s not jus the women who strip off – there’s more [male nudity] than in any other show. I don’t want to see any more willies!
Sansa only wears demure, ladylike gowns – how would you describe your own dress sense?
I’m still trying to figure out what my signature style is. Some days I want to look like a hipster kid; some days I want to look punk, and other days I want to be prim and proper. But that’s the great thing about fashion. In a way, it’s like acting – you can try different roles.
Game Of Thrones: Series 5 starts on 13 April on Sky Atlantic.
Game Of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.