Sophie Turner has portrayed tragedy-prone Sansa Stark on the hit HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones” for five seasons. On a recent episode (SPOILER ALERT) she was raped on her wedding night by her insane new husband Ramsay Bolton, and witnessed by Theon Greyjoy, a.k.a. Reek.
The 19-year-old British actress is not here for an interview today to talk about the controversial episode. (That has been made abundantly clear by a publicist prior to her arrival.)
Instead, the titian-haired actress is here to promote her new teen action comedy “Barely Lethal,” in which she plays the jealous rival to teen assassin Megan Walsh (played by “Pitch Perfect 2’s” Hailee Steinfeld.
Though their characters have grown up side-by-side as highly skilled assassins, Steinfeld’s character, Megan, wants to live like a normal adolescent. After faking her own death she assumes the role of an exchange student and quickly learns that surviving high school can be even more difficult than being a spy.
Turner’s Heather suspects something may be up and goes in search of her rival in order to bring her back to headquarters. The PG-13 comedy also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba, Dove Cameron, and Thomas Mann. Kyle Newman (“Fanboys”) directed the film from a screenplay by John D’Arco.
Q: Megan is into doing research into high school courting rituals by way of watching Hollywood movies about high school. What would you consider a classic of the genre that is amongst your favorites?
Sophie: “The Breakfast Club.”
Q: What drew you to the character when you read the script?
Sophie: I just really loved the idea of playing such a magnified version of a jealous high school *****. It felt like payback for all the mean girls at my school. I just wanted to take the **** out of them. And it was just really a kick for me as well because I never get to play a mean *****. And it was really fun.
Q: You transition well between TV and film. Is there a certain medium that you prefer?
Sophie: I don’t really have a medium I prefer. I mean it’s very different working on a TV show to a movie. It doesn’t really bother me whether it’s a television show or a movie, or if it’s an independent or a big film franchise. I think if it’s a good script and a good cast and a good director, then there’s no question about whether I should do it or not. I think with “Game of Thrones,” there’s such a huge cast and crew, and it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, but then other times, it’s kind of amazing to be on it. And then with this, it’s so intimate and so smooth. But that’s also really nice as well because you get to bond with people so much. It just depends on the project, I guess.
Q: What was your own high school experience like?
Sophie: My high school experience… it was actually a lot of messing around. It was an all-girls’ school so it actually could get quite bitchy. But it was also, because there were no boys there, no one was like prim and proper. We all just kind of messed around and were sweaty and gross. No makeup, acne. It was a really good time, actually. But, yeah, you get the typical high school cliques. You get the mean girls and you get the popular ones and the weirdos, which I think I was in.
Q: Did you always want to be an actress?
Sophie: I did, since I was like three years old. I was in amateur youth theater from three up until really recently. Yeah, I always wanted to be a screen actress. I think it was when I hit 12—I think it was on my 12th birthday—I said to my mom, “You realize if I don’t get into the business now, I’m never going to be in it.” My mom was like, “How old are you? What are you talking about?” And the next year I got my first job and I was like, “Oh! Thank God!”