THE RED BULLETIN: You started out in Game of Thrones seven years ago when you were 14. What advice would you give to that Sophie Turner today?
SOPHIE TURNER: The same advice Sansa Stark would give to her younger self: wake up. Don’t see the world through rose-tinted spectacles. Pay attention and take in what the people around you have to say. You’re going to learn things from all the people you meet. And when the time comes, you’ll be able to put all those lessons you’ve learned to good use.
Did you see the world through rose-coloured spectacles in the past?
No, but I would tell myself: observe and learn. And don’t take anything for granted. There are also other things that I find inspiring about Sansa – in particular her strength and independence. That motivated me to take control over my career. I want to have more of a say over the direction I take and be more creatively involved in everything I do.
But Sansa started manipulating people in the last series…
And she learned from the best of the best. She’s got to find out who’s loyal to her and who’s not, after all.
Do you know who you can rely on?
I can read people pretty well. Basically, nobody can get a lie past me.
How did you learn that?
It’s intuitive. And maybe that also does come from Sansa’s experiences with Littlefinger and from being an actor in general. You know more about the psychology of people, because you study it for hours and hours.
Imagine Sansa ended up on the Iron Throne… Would she make a good ruler?
I think she would, as she’s kept a clear head in spite of all the crap she’s been through. But I don’t think she has any desire for the throne. She’s seen how horrible, malicious, sneaky and disgusting people can be at court, and she has no desire to be part of that. But if she did have to be a leader, she’d make a lot of changes.
What would you change if you were head of state?
My first general ruling would be that no one can exclude anyone or discriminate against anyone by drawing up rules. My general ruling would be: let’s not banish anyone by creating any rules anywhere. Everyone was created equal.
You’ll need to get a move on if you want to reign over anyone in Game of Thrones because it all comes to an end next year. Is that an eventuality you’ve prepared for?
I get scared because I don’t have the safety net of a guaranteed job. But I’m also excited because there’s so much freedom now. And it really motivates me to go out and work on amazing projects just as good as Game of Thrones.
We’ve heard a rumour that you would like to work at Starbucks because you crave a normal life. Is that true?
Yes, I do have that desire. But honestly, I can’t make coffee. I wouldn’t be any good at Starbucks.