Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Game of Thrones' Actress Sophie Turner Says Sansa Is 'An Underdog' to Watch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Game of Thrones' Actress Sophie Turner Says Sansa Is 'An Underdog' to Watch

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Sophie Turner on 'Game of Thrones' season 3

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TORONTO - Seventeen-year-old English actress Sophie Turner admits she hadn't even heard of George R. R. Martin's fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" when she first auditioned for the "Game of Thrones" TV series.

Not grasping that the show could potentially explode into a global phenomenon, the then-13-year-old didn't rush out to read the books -- in fact, she still hasn't read them cover to cover -- and treated the potential gig like just another audition.

So when Turner was offered the role of Sansa Stark, she and her parents weren't fully aware of what the young actress was signing up for. It was only later they realized she would be starring in a drama rife with graphic violence and nudity and that Turner herself would eventually find herself acting in some very mature scenes.

But her parents decided she should continue on with the project and Turner's glad they did, as she now finds herself starring in one of the world's hottest series and in a role that's becoming increasingly prominent in Martin's story.

"It was after I auditioned and got the role that I realized this is an amazing series to be part of, it's got a huge fanbase. I never really realized how lucky I was until after I got the role," says Turner.

She got a little bit of a rough ride from the show's rabid fans in the first season, as her snooty character Sansa -- the daughter of key season 1 patriarch Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell -- was one of the less likable in the early storylines.

"I understood in season 1 why people didn't like my character because ... she's naive, she's very vulnerable and she's kind of a girly girl and people don't respond well to that kind of character (on this show)," Turner says.

"But I think she's a great character, she develops so much."

It did get easier for fans to sympathize with Sansa as she was forced to endure life with the most loathsome character on the show -- and one of the most hate-able characters of any show in recent memory -- the young, petulant Joffrey Baratheon, who claims the Iron Throne and rules ruthlessly as a moody tyrant. …

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