Interview with Sophie Turner
By Fire And Blood on in Press.

As we continue to count down toward the premiere (17 days and counting), the awesome-possom dudes here at Winter Is Coming are bound and determined to provide powerful, tear-jerking, eye-wrenching, throat-stabbing content. In that content are a series of new, exclusive interviews with Game of Thrones cast and crew members!

First up is my interview with the enigmatic Sophie Turner. Sophie, as you all know, plays Sansa Stark, one of the most polarizing (beloved and/or hated) characters in the series. Sophie talked to Fire And Blood (with her mother acting as go-between through e-mails), possibly unaware of FaB’s reputation as the resident WiC oddball. Really, they could have just insisted on Phil. But they got me, and so with that they got the rampant wonkiness that comes with being interviewed by the FaBihoff.

In honor of Sophie’s fantastic Britishness, I added extra “u”s to words like color and favorite. I also (in my head) said “herbs” with a hard “h.” Which is odd, since I never once mentioned herbs in the interview.

Brief bio: Sophie is currently 15 years old; she was born on the 21st day of February (Pisces!) in 1996, in Northampton, which is basically smack-dab in the middle of England. She moved to (relatively) nearby Warwick at the age of two and attended Warwick Prep School from ages 4 to 11. She’s now in the 10th grade at Kings High School in Warwick and is, I assume, doing well in her studies. (I didn’t think to ask!) Sophie continues to study drama at the prestigious Playbox Theatre in Warwick. She is repped by Jane Brand at Independent Talent in London.

Sophie is tall and gorgeous; she works well as a blonde or a ginger, doesn’t matter—her eyes are a light stormcloud gray that just pops, complimenting probably any colour of hair. She could easily be a model if the whole acting thing doesn’t work out … though from here it looks like it’s totally working out. She’s very glib, cheerful, and grateful for the opportunity Game of Thrones has provided for her. She and her awesome mum refused none of the questions I sent to her. I like this girl; Team Sansa is in extremely capable hands.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s the interview:

(Note: anything in parenthesis is a comment I added post-interview.)

Hello, Sophie! We’re so thrilled to be able to interview you. I trust you have seen our site, Winter-is-coming.net. Or does your mum keep you away?

Yes I have seen the site, it’s FANTASTIC! My mum let’s me read it because it keeps me up to date with the latest information on Game of Thrones. It’s so helpful, both Maisie, Isaac and myself look at it all the time to see what news there is. It’s a brilliant website!

I actually wanted to briefly talk about your mum (California translation: mom) first. I interviewed George a few months back, as well as David and Dan, and they all went out of their way to not only talk about how great it was working with you kids, but also how fantastic your mothers were. They all seemed genuinely pleased with the great support systems you kids all have. There does not appear to be any Lindsay Lohan situations happening. Do the mums really all get along with one another, or can we ever look forward to some sort of Real Housewives of Westeros behind-the-scenes catfight?

My mum, Hilary (Maisie’s mum) and Helen (Isaac’s mum) all get on brilliantly. They constantly text and email each other, as do Maisie, Isaac and myself! After a long day of shooting the first thing that we would do is ring up the Williams and the Hempstead-Wrights to meet up at the hotel bar and the mums would all enjoy a Hendrix gin and tonic whilst Maisie, Isaac and myself would be playing card games. They get on fantastically! Sorry there won’t be Real Housewives of Westeros cat fights anytime soon!

In what way has your mum been an influence on you?

My mum has been an influence on me in the way that she is a very independent woman who never has to fall back or rely on other people and she can always find her own way. In the performing arts as a business, it is a very tough business, in which you have to learn to be independent and responsible very quickly and my Mum taught me that from a very young age.

What age were you when you first realized you wanted to pursue acting?

I wanted to pursue acting from a very young age and I have always interested in it. I began acting when I joined my local theatre group (Playbox Theatre) when I was three and have been passionate about it ever since. I always used to make up shows with my friends, mainly with my close friend Ellie Johnson but she soon got tired of it. I would always be the most crazy, the most loud out of all my friends and I used to channel that energy into dressing up and putting on shows. It’s been a huge part of my life and without acting I would be lost.

Do you have any acting inspirations? Are there any current actors or actresses you admire?

I have three main inspirations for acting; Natalie Portman, Dakota Fanning and Cameron Diaz. Natalie Portman, because of the variation between all of the characters she has played and how dedicated she is to a role, for instance Black Swan involved several months of constant training and weight loss in order to be prepared for the role. Dakota Fanning, because she began acting from the young age of 5 and has thrived in her career throughout. Cameron Diaz, because she was a model who landed a job on the film The Mask, she had no acting experience and was thrown in the deep end and grew stronger as both a person and an actress.

That’s interesting, especially mentioning Natalie Portman, who just won her first Oscar for Black Swan, which I believe she deserved, especially given all the work she did to prepare for the role. You could actually equate that kind of transformation with Sansa, who undergoes all sorts of tortures, both physically and emotionally. Every day you shoot, you’re forced to transform yourself into Sansa, who has a much more precarious life than you do. Is it easy to slip back out of her character and back into Sophie, or are some days harder than others? And are there certain scenes you dread more then others?

I agree with you about Natalie! I am very dedicated to the role, so in the morning before filming, I tend to be quite quiet, not only because I’m tired but because I need to start and finish the day as Sansa and so I don’t tend to talk much (which is very hard for me) or think about my life too much. Although, when I am on set, I am quite able to slip in and out of my character quite easily. When I was in Malta, filming a dramatic scene as soon as they yelled ‘cut’ i would run off and join Maisie and was able to be my normal bubbly self. Sometimes it’s not so easy, especially in scenes in which I have to cry, once I have begun to cry I can’t stop and I have to go and talk to my mum for a while to calm myself down.

As most young actors do, you come from a youth theatre background. Talk a little bit about the Playbox Theatre in Warwick, and about the kind of training you received.

Playbox Theatre is a fantastic youth theatre which never forces or moulds people to become a certain type of person or actor, they never want to make a “Playbox actor”. Playbox works with different peoples talents and structures them and guides them, showing them how to use their talents to their advantage and mould them into an independent actor not a certain breed of young Playbox actors. Playbox brought out my confidence and that helped me not only in acting but also in my personal life.

So your initial reaction to reading the script probably was, “Well this is certainly different…”

My first reaction was exactly that, but that’s why I love it, because everything in Game Of Thrones is so unique and full of twists and turns that it becomes addictive. Every scene is fantastic, with so much emotion in them, I couldn’t help thinking when I got the script for that scene that if every scene is as powerful as that then I have no reason not to want to do it. I love Game Of Thrones BECAUSE it’s different.

George told me the audition scene that won everyone over was when Sansa is brought to look at some very familiar severed heads. Without giving too much away, how exactly does one prepare for something that shocking? Scary Play could not have prepared you for that.

In order to prepare for a scene as shocking and upsetting as that scene, I had to really remove myself from myself (if that makes sense) and be Sansa, not Sophie Turner acting Sansa, I had to be her. By doing this, it meant that instead of Sophie seeing all these fake heads, it meant that Sansa was seeing all these real heads and so it all became a reality to me. I would often cry when I read the script for the scene because it was such a heartbreaking and horrific scene that it would really get to me.

It’s well-known that your mum addressed you as Sansa the morning you got the part and you immediately burst into tears (which is probably useful for someone playing Sansa). How soon after that did you learn Maisie and Isaac would be playing your brother and sister?

After my final audition, and my first audition with Maisie, I felt absolutely sure that she was going to be Arya, there was no doubt in my mind. It wasn’t a matter of “will Maisie get the part?” but “when will it be announced that Maisie has got the part?” I learnt that Maisie had got the part about 2 weeks after I found out that I had got the part via www.winter-is-coming.net and I learnt that the lovely, talented Isaac had got the part about 2 months – after I learnt that I had got the part.

Totally cool that you actually got to work with Maisie during auditions. Do you feel like you improved one another’s performances? Was there immediate chemistry?

I definitely think that we improved one another’s performances because Maisie was and still is so good at what she does that I couldn’t help feeding off that ‘annoying little sister’ energy that she brought through in her performance and I think she fed off my ‘annoying older sister’ energy that I was giving off, so it just worked. We had a lot of chemistry that I hadn’t had when I had auditioned with other Arya’s. As soon as I entered the room and saw Maisie I gave her a high five asked her her name and we just clicked. After every take we would high five each other and we gave each other a massive hug at the end, we were immediately friends.

Describe your relationship with your Game of Thrones “siblings.”

My relationship with Maisie, Isaac, Richard and Art is great! I would have to say that Maisie is definitely one of my best friends, we spent SO much time on and off set that we couldn’t help but be friends and when you are with someone more than you are with school friends then it’s impossible not to get to know each other; Maisie is my other half! Isaac is SO lovely – he is the most polite, grateful and kind boy that I have ever met. He is lovely and an absolutely brilliant actor, he is going to blow you away!! Richard is so lovely that everyone calls him ‘The Lovely Richard’, Richard and Kit are like two older brothers (alongside my two real-life brothers), they look out for me and are just so lovely! Art, I have only met once or twice but the impression I received from him was very positive, very polite, eager to act and a very enthusiastic young boy!

You probably were in girl-heaven at the fittings. Did you have an immediate realization that the costuming would be so complex? Also, talk a little bit about the costume changes she went through, going from fur-lined Winterfell clothes to the lighter silkier stuff in King’s Landing. Sansa probably prefers southern fashion. What about you?

I was most definitely in girl-heaven! I had no idea that the costumes would be so complex, there was SUCH brilliant and intricate detail on the dresses! Even the corset that I wear underneath my clothes at King’s Landing that you never see has beautiful dragonflies embroidered on it! Sansa definitely eases from Northern clothing to Southern clothing. The Northern clothing is much more simple with not many patterns and never fitted perfectly to body shape whereas Southern clothing is very tightly fitted with corsets and belts to keep the clothing tight to the body. It imitates Cersei’s style of dress. I prefer the Southern clothing because it’s a lot prettier and fitted although the Northern clothing is very comfortable.

Give us a description of your very first day on set. What was the most surprising thing about that first day?

My first day on set involved a lot of squeals of excitement on my part. It was a scene which involved many extras so I was very nervous with so many people around but everybody (the cast, crew and extras) were all so welcoming, friendly and helpful that I settled down and felt really at ease, even in front of the camera. That is when I realized that acting is what I really wanted to do. The most surprising thing was how considerate and lovely everyone was, I felt part of a massive family the moment that I stepped on set.

Isaac had a commercial, but you and Maisie hadn’t had that sort of experience yet, right? What was the most surprising thing about working in front of a camera? Did you learn anything you never expected to learn?

Yes, Maisie and I had no experience in front of a camera and it was a bit daunting at first but the surprising thing was the fact that I was so relaxed in front of the camera and I loved it!!! I learnt that the camera picks up so much on my face that the expression (for me) had to be in the eyes, you can tell emotions through the eyes and so everything had to be incredibly subtle.

We fans of the series of course hope it goes for many years—seven at least—so that we can see the dramatic end to everything that’s been building from the first book on. Assuming it does, you will have literally spent your entire teenage life on a television show. Does that appeal to you—this sort of attention—and what sort of roles do you hope for after Game of Thrones has shot its final scene?

I have to say that I am incredibly excited for my future, especially if it involves Game Of Thrones. I won’t mind the attention because I suppose it comes with being in a television show, especially if it is as big as Game Of Thrones! In the future I don’t really know which roles I would like, I’d like any role and I would dedicate myself to that role, as I have with Sansa. I don’t tend to be fussy about the roles that I would like to be cast as, I really wouldn’t mind, I am not specific about one type of role, I like variety.

Game of Thrones fans will be older and (usually) more mature than Twilight or, say, Justin Bieber fans. The plus side of that is we won’t chase you through a mall trying to take pieces of your clothing… the bad news is we may dress funny and sometimes smell quite odd. Would you prefer being chased by tweenagers or being forced to sit next to old people who might need occasional naps?

I really don’t mind about fan types! I am a fan of anyone who is a fan of Game Of Thrones! Fans are the driving force behind this show, without them there would be no ‘Game Of Thrones the television show’ so what sort of person would I be if I chose which type of fan I would prefer? I love fans, no matter what they smell like!

From the bits and pieces we’ve seen, you come across as very enthusiastic and energetic; pretty much an attractive teenage girl who has a very exceptional talent in drama. Somewhat excitable, which is normal. Yet from the brief clips of Sansa we’ve seen, you are clearly playing her as someone more subdued (perhaps quieter) than you generally are. Can you tell us about how you have approached the character of Sansa to make her different from yourself?

Thank you! I didn’t aim to make Sansa different from myself, I just played her as I thought she should be played. Sansa is naive and has good intentions and she doesn’t understand the world as an adult would, she sees the world through a child’s eyes. I am a loud, energetic person and I played Sansa subdued, not because I wanted her to be different from myself but because she wants to be Queen and so she has to keep her emotions contained sometimes and she has to not show the naive, excitable girl that she really is.

Can you tell us some of the qualities you share with her? Is there a quality she has that you wish you did?

Sansa is an absolute romantic, she lives in her own dream world and is oblivious to the real world (at the beginning of the book, that is). I would love to be as ambitious and optimistic as Sansa and not doubt myself so much.

How many times did you have pie thrown in your face for that scene at the Winterfell feast? How many takes, and did Maisie do the actual throwing?

At the Winterfell feast the pie was thrown in my face about 20 times and it stank! Maisie attempted the first few goes at throwing pie in my face but she doesn’t have very good hand-eye coordination (sorry Maisie) and she got it on my dress a few times and so one of the crew had to take over!

That’s awesome. Can you beat Maisie at arm-wrestling?

I don’t know if I would beat her, I would hope I would, but Maisie is very strong for her age, I might still say me, although I’m pretty sure Maisie would stick me with the pointy end for saying that. All I can say is BRING IT ON MAISIE!!!

Time for the bizarre questions now. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. I’m odd. What is your current favourite song?

Never Say Never – Justin Bieber.

Not shocking. He’s talented and age-appropriate. Did you know he’s an excellent drummer?

I went to his concert the other week and cried for hours both during and after! He’s fantastic at drums, guitar, being good-looking, piano, dancing and singing, he’s pretty talented. I am most definitely a ‘Belieber’!

What is your LEAST favourite colour?

Off-White.

I so completely agree! Any color that begins with “off” should be taken off the colour list. Seriously. It’s almost as bad as indigo, which has unjustly forced its way onto the “seven colour spectrum.” How do you feel about indigo?

Agreed about ‘off’ anything. I must say that I ADORE the colour indigo, it’s probably one of my favourite colours! Sorry about that but it’s true, I hate to disappoint. Team Indigo!

(Blast it! Lost another one to indigo. But I’m going down fighting.)

You’re pretty tall. Truth now: How many Starks are forced to look up at you?

Art, Isaac, Maisie and Michelle.

(I know Michelle appreciates that Catelyn is now forced to look up to her daughter. Hah!)

If you had a hammer, would you hammer in the morning?

Whaaaaatttt?!

Sorry, that song pre-dates you. Actually it probably pre-dates your parents too. If I had a hammer, I would hammer in the evening. Because I’m not a morning person. I hope you didn’t expect this interview to be completely mature.

My mum just explained that one to me! I’m not a morning person either!!! I love this interview!!

Last weird one: Did Jeyne Poole get that dollar I sent you to give to her, or do you owe me a dollar?

(FULL DISCLOSURE: a long time ago I sent each of the three newly-cast Stark siblings—Sophie, Maisie, and Isaac—a dollar. The reason I gave was because I knew they weren’t going to be able to touch the money they were currently making for many years, and I felt like they should get paid! Plus, who doesn’t want a dollar, right? Anyway, I sent Sophie an EXTRA dollar to give to Jeyne Poole, just in case she was cast. This was actually an underhanded way of me trying to find out whether or not there was a Jeyne Poole on the show at all. Was this an act of evil?! Perhaps. But Sophie was a good little bird—blasted non-misbehaving kids!—and kept her lips sealed as to whether or not there was a Jeyne. Until…)

They haven’t cast Jeyne Poole so… YES! I owe you a dollar!!!

(17 days before the premiere. Thanks, Soph. I blame Pod.)

That’s too bad. So Sansa is truly alone. Well, buck up! I will take the dollar back if you ever come to Los Angeles. Until then, put it in the bank and let it earn interest. Someday it might turn into a million dollars. Or pounds. Or pesos if you’re unlucky. Or the second option: buy candy and avoid Los Angeles. It’s probably what I would do.

Sansa is alone with a dollar to spare! If I ever meet you, remind me that I owe you a dollar!!! Haha!

(Perhaps she thinks I won’t. I so will. Right in the middle of a red carpet interview if necessary. “GIMME MY DOLLAR!”)

You haven’t read the series, I know, but Sansa is romantically linked to a number of people—usually not by her design or wishes—as the series progresses. All of them will be older than you. Is this a challenge you ever thought you would face as an actress? Being pursued by older—sometimes extremely unattractive—men? Ser Loras is sadly unavailable.

I never thought that I would ever have to face that challenge as an actress but because I am living my dream right now, whatever come with it, whether it be bad or not, it won’t faze me because I’m on cloud nine!

Sansa is very polarizing, but she is, to me, a realistic portrayal of a proper and well-bred young girl. I like how she grows and learns from her early mistakes, but some fans may not be so patient with her. Knowing how the story goes, expectations are that Sansa may get some hate mail from time to time. Are you cool with that?

I’m absolutely cool with that! If people don’t like Sansa at the beginning then I am doing my job, she does come across as a spoilt girl and if they don’t like her then I’ve done well, if they still don’t sympathize with her later on, as the book progresses then I haven’t done Sansa justice, or people may just have very cold hearts!!

You have already had a slight brush with notoriety. Soon after your casting, there were You Tube videos up of you and your friends goofing around, and even one in which you bravely defended Tamzin Merchant after a number of internet heathens commented negatively against her. The You Tube videos were soon all taken down. Will we ever see you on You Tube ever again?

I don’t know whether you will see me on youtube again! We shall have to see!

Will Sansa ever sneak in her own rendition of your “Skyler” voice impression? Please say yes.

(Long story.)

I will try, I promise, for you! Oh and this is a perfect time to give my shout out to SKYLERRRRRR!!!!!!

Skyler is epic and shall never die. Thank you. And thank you for this interview! You are fantastic!

As are you! It has been a pleasure!

Fire And Blood: Not much to add. She’s pretty cool, and seems to have a real good head on her shoulders.

I mean, except for the whole indigo thing.

Hopefully this is the first of many annual Sophie Turner interviews.

Feel free to comment. Just know that if you goobers scare away future interviews with crass language or behavior, I will personally send The Rabbit after your arses.

Cheers!


129 Comments

  1. Hollyoak
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Great interview.

    Um, please be nice, everyone.

  2. Inkasrain
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Great interview. Sophie seems to get Sansa completely, and eloquently, to boot. It’s a very tough role (not least because of how polarizing Sansa is as a character) Sophie definitely seems up to the challenge.

  3. Scott
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Her answer to the hate mail question leads me to believe that my inital fears after watching her scenes in the previews were pretty off-base. Sounds like she has a very good handle on the character.

    I have to say, every interview I hear/read with the child actors on this show makes me respect their parents even more. Such well-spoken, mature, polite people! SO much more ready for this than I would have been at their age!

  4. Dominik Plewa
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Bieber? Seriously?

    Besides that, she seems to be a great person.

  5. Christian
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Great interview she really does have the look. I know it’s a small sample size but does anyone else find the line “Please, please it’s the only thing I have ever wanted” to be poorly written and poorly delivered. Consider me on the fence concerning her performances in the previews.

  6. Jéssica De Freitas Maciel
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Amazing interview and amazing girl!
    Edit to say: awesome that they lurk on this site! Gotta love those kids!

  7. ablaaa
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    “Time for the bizarre questions now. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. I’m odd. What is your current favourite song?

    Never Say Never – Justin Bieber.”

    ok…

  8. RobbIsAnIdiot
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I am 110% convinced she can do Sansa proper justice. This interview was awesome and it felt good to be able to get to know Sophie better considering she’s going to play one of my favorite characters from the books (don’t look at me like that :x).

    Anyway, she has my full and undying support! Go Sophie!

  9. loco73
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Great interview first of all! She is such a sweet and talented girl! What more can one ask for? I am sure she will be great in her role and a pleasure to watch!

    All the kids are great, and we fans of the series and the books have to try our best to protect them and encourage them in order for them to know that we appreciate their work, effort and dedication to this project!

    Seriously, if anybody messes with these kids in any way shape orform (like hate mail or anything of the sorts) there will be hell to pay! They are now part of the “A Song Of Ice And Fire” family!

    Once again, great interview, a pleasure to read and get more details and information about the actors that will be bringing the ASOIF characters and story to life! Good job.

  10. digtastik
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Highly entertaining. A++++ Would read again. or something.

  11. afireinside30x
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I have to admit, I wasn’t as convinced about her playing Sansa as I was about the other kids playing their roles, but this interview has totally changed my mind. Sophie seems to truly understand this role and all it’s complexities (which is saying a lot for a fifteen-year-old). She’s got a good head on her shoulders and I think Sansa is in good hands.

  12. Hollyoak
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Christian,

    Sigh…

    So based on two words: “Please, Please,” you have somehow formed the opinion on this young woman’s acting ability. That is completely insane.

  13. obsidian
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Very nice (and fun ) interview.

    She’s a lovely -looking girl ,and I for one have liked what scenes we’ve seen from her so far.She does seem to have a good head on her shoulders and by the time she has to face Sansa’s more serious older men problems , she’ll be a bit more mature herself and be even more comfortable in her chosen profession.

    Yay, Sophie!

    ( Is Maisie next?)

  14. Lina
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    This is amazing! What a brilliant idea, and what a lovely girl! She’s smart and clever and definitely has her head in the game. I thought her response “I didn’t aim to make Sansa different from myself, I just played her as I thought she should be played” was very mature and thoughtful. Moreover, it seems like she’s still enjoying just being a normal teenager – going to Biebs concerts and playing cards with her friends. And, I just love the fact that the three middle Starks are BFFs; they really seem like an off-camera family. It’s adorable! I’m also really glad the kids have a support network on set. They have to go through some really heavy stuff, so I’m glad they have friends and a good group of people to watch out for them. Lastly: Sophie, is absolutely gorgeous! That school photo? Priceless! :D

    Also, hats off to you, FaBio, as you’ve given us something much more interesting than the average interview. Sophie’s personality really shone through because you asked her some fun/random questions about herself instead of just going through a laundry list of questions about the show.

  15. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I was very impressed by her description of Sansa and how she develops throughout the series. That was exactly the experience I had reading through the books for the first time and coming to realize how awesome a character she was toward the end of AGoT and beginning of ACoK.
    It’s cool that she visits the site as well! If I were an actor on a show I think I would be too curious not to look at the news and the opinions of fans. I hope she (and anyone else who visits) isn’t too put-off by our ridiculous over-analyzing. It’s just nerds being nerds (and I fully enjoy being a nerd!).
    That picture of her dancing makes me think it’s a bit of a shame that (so far) Sansa hasn’t had a chance to bust-a-move! GoT musical episode anyone?

  16. Winter Is Coming
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    obsidian: ( Is Maisie next?)

    Maybe. ;)

  17. Jéssica De Freitas Maciel
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY *happy dance* i know i KNOW you have not said yes…but still…also isaac please! Such lovely kids =]

  18. purplejilly
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I think she’ll be great. I am relieved to hear she considers Sansa a naive, spoilt child in the beginning, which to me is how it comes across in that one scene we saw where she is demanding to know when she can marry Joffrey and have his babies, “I’m meant to be his Queen!” etc.

    And Team Indigo.. Yay! I love this young lady’s sense of colour already :) Long Live Indigo! Sorry FaB. XD

  19. Tom Hilton
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s Hendrick’s, not Hendrix. Excellent gin–those mums have great taste.

    Otherwise, great interview.

  20. The Rabbit
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Interesting and exciting.
    Very clever and lovely young lady!
    Looking forward to see her on the screen (in fact, I can not wait to see it all on screen).

    p.s. @Fabihoff Why did you post my ID card photo without permission ? ;)

  21. LarryAB
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Sophie for such a nice, honest interview. She comes across as a very intelligent young woman, and normal despite being an actress! I’m glad she had such a fun time playing Sansa. I’m sure her performances will turn out brilliant.

    Don’t let it all go to your head girl! Life is better on this side of crazy.

  22. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Very nice interview! A couple of times I thought I could hear mum replying (as in the description of Playbox Theatre), but mostly it just hinted at a very well-informed, enthusiastic young actress that could well become the next Emma Watson.

    To Sophie (who will surely read this – hey, even if you’d not be allowed by mum, you’re 15 so will definitely find a way to read it nonetheless ;-) ): I’m sorry, I’m in the anti-Sansa club even later on in the story, but that doesn’t mean I would respect you as an actress any bit less!

    Winter Is Coming,

    Ooooooooooooh I can’t wait!!!

    Btw: when I was 15 I listened to the likes of Ini Kamoze, TLC, Coolio, Luniz etc – all of which are of course much much better than Bieber :-)

  23. Jenny
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    As GRRM put it so well, Loras Tyrell would be the teen star of Westeros.

    So — he would actually be Justin Bieber.

    HUHUHU!! I love that idea.

  24. Sawyer
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Haha, what a great interview, thanks to both of you!

    However, a question of a non-native: what the hell is indigo?

  25. Ramah
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Great interview, FaB.

    I’ve been a long time reader of this site (ever since George first flagged it in his Not a Blog) but I have only commented a few times. So I’d just like to say what an incredible source of information this place has become and thank you guys who run it and bring us such golden nuggets as this interview which we otherwise would not have had.
    It’s very interesting to learn a little about the people charged with bringing some of our most beloved characters to life.
    Now, if only FaB would tone down his “want to be a writer and want to be funny” editorials. :)

  26. Lex
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Is this our first official cast interview? Awesome! Also, the interview was great. Sophie comes across as quite mature (except for the part about crying for hours at the Justin Bieber concert, LOL, but everyone her age loves that guy!). It really sounds like she has a handle on her character, and I love the brief clips we’ve seen so far.

    I actually loved the “Please, please…” line! It’s almost creepy, in a good way. In that clip Sophie looks like a teenage girl who is 100% wrapped up in herself and her fantasies. Her tone almost sounds like she’s trying to manipulate Cat. I thought it was perfectly done, and although I’m not a big Sansa fan in the books, I’m sure I’ll enjoy watching her on screen. She is, after all, a Stark!

  27. Lex
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Sawyer:
    However, a question of a non-native: what the hell is indigo?

    Indigo is one of the 7 colours of the rainbow (between blue and violet).

  28. sjwenings
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Christian: I know it’s a small sample size but does anyone else find the line “Please, please it’s the only thing I have ever wanted” to be poorly written and poorly delivered.

    No, not me. She’s being a melodramatic teen. The reason this line might seem “not believable” is because it’s not supposed to to sound believable.

    She’s being melodramatic and looks up at her mother with those puppy dog eyes trying to gain some sympathy, because it would be oh SO, SO horrible if she can’t get her lovely prince charming. This is something you see kids (girls mostly) do quite often. I imagine we’ll see Catelyn looking down at her with a slightly bemused smile.

    I’m very pleased with what i have seen of Sophie so far. Still haven’t seen that much, though, so we’ll see, i guess.

  29. Lisa
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Cool interview! Looking forward to the next one.

    Slightly OT, but EW has some newish pics and some quotes from the actors on their website:
    http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20477636,00.html

  30. Elaine
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    She certainly has the look for the part, and she sounds like she’s got the character figured out…I’m looking forward to seeing her at work.

    I DID think she sounded a bit artificial and stilted in that sound bite we’ve gotten, but it seems to me like Sansa SHOULD sound artificial and stilted. I mean, what is her mantra? “A lady’s armor is courtesy!” (prolly misquoted, but you get my drift.) She lives in a dream world, and she imagines herself acting a part.

  31. dizzy_34
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    So you can sick the rabbit on people? I’ll have to get my holy hand grenade ready. :)

  32. Sawyer
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Lex: Indigo is one of the 7 colours of the rainbow (between blue and violet).

    Yeah thanks, i got that but I still can’t see the difference. According to google images indigo is either blue or violet, which would somehow fit with your statement that it’s between blue and violet- but to me this sounds like the colour purple. So is indigo= purple?

  33. Eric Jones
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Not related to the interview but there are three more videos on the xfinity website since yesterday. An 8 1/2 minute one on the Night’s Watch, a like 5 1/2 minute one on the making of the Dothraki language and a 4 1/2 minute one on exterior sets and locations.

  34. Lex
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Sawyer,

    It’s not purple or blue, it’s somewhere in between. That’s what makes it hard to describe. You can see it here in the wikipedia article about rainbows.

  35. Kevin
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Awesome interview – Sophie is going to be a BIG BIG star!

  36. Chicago Chris
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I have not paid any attention to the cast as actual people – just merely that they are the characters I love and adore. This was a bit of a shock to me to get to know her as Sophie and not Sansa. Weird huh? Either way good for her. I know we are gonna love her. And Fab, you gotta keep up with her and let her know that we ill not at all accept any Lindsey Loahannigans, if you get my meaning.

  37. Carrie Meathrell
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t even read this yet but I must say I adore Sophie Turner. She is stunning/gorgeous/gob-smackingly beautiful. She’s rivaled only by Emilia Clarke, IMHO.

    From the scenes we’ve been shown, I totally believe in: her attraction to Joffrey (ughhhhhhhh), her chemistry with Arya (totally believe them as sisters), and the *tension* with Littlefinger. Still really looking forward to the scenes with the Hound (and Ilyn Payne? where you at, you freaky tongue-less monstrosity????)

  38. GaR
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Cool interview. Looking forward to seeing more of her performance.

    To put this indigo question to rest:

    Indigo is blurple.

  39. purplejilly
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Sawyer,

    Indigo is a shade of purple, a very dark purple that leans much more to blue than to red. Purple is basically the same color as violet, and in traditional color talk about a rainbow, the colors go:
    Red
    Orange
    Yellow
    Green
    Blue
    Indigo
    Violet

    For some reason FaB is an Indigo hater. I have suspected it might have something to do with Indie Rock Girl Power band the Indigo Girls from the 90′s. But that is just rumor at this point..

  40. Carrie Meathrell
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    “My mum, Hilary (Maisie’s mum) and Helen (Isaac’s mum) all get on brilliantly. They constantly text and email each other, as do Maisie, Isaac and myself! After a long day of shooting the first thing that we would do is ring up the Williams and the Hempstead-Wrights to meet up at the hotel bar and the mums would all enjoy a Hendrix gin and tonic whilst Maisie, Isaac and myself would be playing card games. They get on fantastically!”

    Ok, according to this, I think I would really enjoy hanging out with these mums, and I ain’t even a Brit.

    I love, love, love the fact that the younger Starks are all friends in real life. Stark Kids 4-Eva. :D

  41. GaR
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    ^^ The last three colours should really be:

    Blue
    Blurple
    Purple

  42. Mörkö
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    Great interview. Sansa has been the casting I’ve been most concerned about lately, as in the material we have this far, she seems bit manouverish and artificial. But indeed that is what Sansa is actually. And Sophie seems to have good grasp on her character. So I’m not that worried anymore.

    As off-topic, here in Finland I think I just saw the first tv commercial for Thrones. It was merely few seconds. The logo with the ravens flying around and Bean whispering the words “Winter is coming”. Canal+ logo added under the title. Not much, but still gave me the shivers. Really seeing it on TV here made it suddenly more real for me than it already were. The winter is really coming. ^^

  43. Ender
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Wow great job FaB!! I can not wait until you interview each and every other actor in the show!! (and with only 17 days left, if you go 3 interviews per day you might just have enough time before the premiere!)

  44. Franny Bee
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Idk if it’s a regional thing, but I always thought indigo was a colour of the rainbow/spectrum. Never considered it a usurper. Now chartreuse is a fightin’ colour…

    Love Sophie, and hello!! Such an intelligent, well-’spoken’ young lady. And too lovely for words!!

  45. Mirax
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree that the interview was very engaging and funny, and that Sophie definitely seems to understand her character very well. I think it’s fantastic that the younger Starks have become friends in real life, and reading about Sophie and Maisie’s first audition and how Sophie was sure that Maisie got the part was a highpoint of my day. *grin*

  46. Gormryjk
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice interview!

    Can we get interviews with crew members too? Like directors, writers (other than David&Dan), cinematographers*, artists etc? Would be super-interesting!

    *More specifically it would be interesting to hear about their experience with shooting this on HD video as opposed to the normal 35mm film..

  47. Smegma
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I personally love her acting as Sansa – the “please please” line is exactly what I would expect out of her early on in the book. Sansa is playing a part, and Sophie did an excellent job portraying that. I have every confidence in the world in these actors – all of them!

    On a side note, I loved the interview as well, although I was disappointed that there were no questions about Sophie’s family adopting Lady and how she was doing.

  48. Gormryjk
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Did she actually find out she had gotten the part on this site?! That is some serious credit to you guys indeed..

  49. Fabian Schneider
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Born 1996. Call me outdated, but I’m still completely baffled by the fact that one can already have intelligent conversations with the children of the mid-90s (and, by now, probably the pre-9/11 generation too). Man, I’m getting old.

  50. Chris
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Eric Jones,

    Anyone able to watch these, I tried and it said they were unavailable. (I am a subscriber to both Comcast and HBO…)

  51. Hollyoak
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Fabian Schneider:
    Born 1996. Call me outdated, but I’m still completely baffled by the fact that one can already have intelligent conversations with the children of the mid-90s (and, by now, probably the pre-9/11 generation too). Man, I’m getting old.

    Oh how I hear you…sigh.

  52. drinksTeaInTheMornin
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink
  53. Tyler
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    In the books, Sansa is about my least favorite character. However, I am definitely excited about seeing Sophie’s portrayal of Sansa on TV. I know she will do an amazing job.

    Sophie, you’re probably going to read this. Just want to say, we all love you and we all think you’re awesome. Keep up the good work, hopefully in Season 2 and beyond.

  54. Peter
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Dominik Plewa,

    I won’t judge her…I loved Spyro Gyra when I was young.

    Sophie, thanks for the conversation! Great to hear about your experiences and all the nice people involved. I’m curious about your (and the other kids’) relationship with the dogs/direwolves. Also would love to hear about working with Jack Gleeson given Sansa’s growing hatred for Joffrey. Maybe in your next interview…

    Sansa’s one of my favorite characters and though she’s a late bloomer, I’m always waiting for that moment when she’ll surprise the other characters and realize her full potential. Cheers to curtain in a few weeks!

  55. Mike Chair
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Jenny: As GRRM put it so well, Loras Tyrell would be the teen star of Westeros.

    So — he would actually be Justin Bieber.

    HUHUHU!! I love that idea.

    Ha Ha.

    Bieber also plays the trumpet. Not sure how he is with a sword.

    I am sure that Loras would kick Bieber’s butt and that she’s too good for either of them. :-)

  56. Katran
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    OT, there’s an intriguing-sounding GoT promo (aka GET YOUR PICTURE WITH THE IRON THRONE) at Wondercon in San Francisco this weekend that WIC and Westeros just RTed. If anyone’s interested in going, I posted an ‘interested in going?’ thing in the Brotherhood Without Banners NorCal thread, so if you’re in the SF area and you want to come, come post!

  57. Steve the Pirate
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Good job on the interview. You didn’t come off as a creeper at all. ;)

    Oh here’s the Night’s Watch video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRwHgS741W8 No clue what thread I should be posting shit in these days, there are so many new posts all the time!

  58. Bard of Awen
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful interview! Thanks FaB and Sophie!

  59. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Great interview, it was lots of fun to read. Sansa is a very interesting character that’s not written to channel many reader dreams and Sophie seems to have a good grasp of her in all the various stages she goes through. I like her ambitious stance to go through every challenge because it allows her to do what she loves.

    Now to try to hack WIC.net and change the color scheme to “off-indigo”!

  60. Crannogman
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Can’t believe you didn’t ask if she likes lemon cakes! (great interview tho)

  61. Zack
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful interview. She’s got a good sense for the character’s personality and weaknesses, so I feel a bit reassured in my early sense of “Wow, these clips of Sansa are pretty annoying.” Seems to be intentional. She appears to be a sweetheart too. The affection she has for the rest of the cast is great to read about.

    I’m really looking forward to her scenes with the Hound, and then the castle-building later on.

  62. Puzzlnut
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed the interview very much. Sophie is well grounded with a good understanding of Sansa. Like most of us, I didn’t care for Sansa at all in the beginning, but as her story winds on, her character begins to develop and I think we’ll see her becoming a much more important person in the scheme of things. This could be the start of something great for Sophie!

  63. Hollyoak
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Eric Jones:
    Not related to the interview but there are three more videos on the xfinity website since yesterday.An 8 1/2 minute one on the Night’s Watch, a like 5 1/2 minute one on the making of the Dothraki language and a 4 1/2 minute one on exterior sets and locations.

    I see them on my Xfinity. I want to watch but I think I might try to resist. I am sure I will crumble in a few minutes. Still no Other Houses Feature there, though.

  64. Zack
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Also I have to agree with FaB about Sophie’s striking eyes. Lovely color.

  65. Dekar
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Game of Thrones fans will be older and (usually) more mature than Twilight or, say, Justin Bieber fans.

    Time for the bizarre questions now. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. I’m odd. What is your current favourite song?

    Never Say Never – Justin Bieber.

    Not shocking. He’s talented and age-appropriate. Did you know he’s an excellent drummer?

    …I rofl’ed for a whole minute here. That was sooo awkward
    The rest of the interview was awesome by the way, very thorough.

  66. Steven Swanson
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Ramah,

    Well considering that FaB is writing and he is funny, I prefer that he continue trying.

    Great interview in a world of boring sucky interviews.

  67. Mormegil
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Nice Interview

    Steve the Pirate,

    Lots of info there, good to see more NW scenes than the oft repeated fight.

  68. Blisstasteful
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Good interview, and she certainly seems to be well prepared and not shy away from questions or from having fun with interviews. A very mature girl. It’s a good job too! Sansa may come across better on screen than in the books but it wasn’t until the end of AGOT that Sansa really developed as a sympathetic character as the reader sees her becoming more awaer of the reality of her situation. A pretty young thing may overcome that visually but storywise she’s fighting an uphill battle in the first season. That said, the on screen treatment of Cersei from what I’ve seen of the trailers suggests a general sympathy toward female characters.

  69. sjwenings
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Steve the Pirate,

    A forboding, slightly creepy sound to the Nights watch pledge. I love it! Actually seeing it as well should be epic.

  70. Johan Sporre
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Great interview! I’ve been curious for some time of how she’ll react to what happens later on, mainly Joffrey’s abuse but also the romantic stuff, so it was good to hear she’s going into it with a positive attitude.

    Looking forward to the next one :)

  71. Zack
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Steve the Pirate,

    What would we do without you? That oath kind of gave me chills, heh. And I loved seeing Samwell finally. Always was one of my favorite characters, in the sense that it was very easy for me to empathize with him & imagine myself in his position, out of place amongst fighters. And his gradual shifting of self understanding…it remains one of the more memorable aspects of the tale in my humble opinion.

    Oh, and one more thing: I can’t believe it, but tomorrow we will be able to say, “Game of Thrones premieres this month!” Huzzah!

  72. Rose
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Sucks a bit that Sansa is being introduced as annoying, because I liked her right from the start! She always was my favourite. It bums me out to see her painted as annoying (probably to make Arya look more awesome :(!) But so long as she gets sympathetic later on, I’m okay with it!

    This is a lovely interview. Sophie is really something, isn’t she? Also, everyone giving her crap over loving Bieber — what, man? She’s a fifteen year old girl. That’s the target audience.

  73. Hollyoak
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Zack:
    Steve the Pirate,

    What would we do without you? That oath kind of gave me chills, heh. And I loved seeing Samwell finally. Always was one of my favorite characters, in the sense that it was very easy for me to empathize with him & imagine myself in his position, out of place amongst fighters. And his gradual shifting of self understanding…it remains one of the more memorable aspects of the tale in my humble opinion.

    Oh, and one more thing: I can’t believe it, but tomorrow we will be able to say, “Game of Thrones premieres this month!” Huzzah!

    Tomorrow we will be able to say Game of Thrones premieres this Sunday!
    Well, at least 15 minutes of it.

  74. Jessica C.
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Steve the Pirate:
    Good job on the interview. You didn’t come off as a creeper at all.

    Oh here’s the Night’s Watch video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRwHgS741W8 No clue what thread I should be posting shit in these days, there are so many new posts all the time!

    My favorite of all the behind the scenes videos. I love the Night’s Watch. The saying of the Watch vows by Jon and Sam gave me goosebumps.

    Thank you for posting this one, your the best. :D

  75. saluk
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Sophie seems like a charming girl! I hope she has a long and successful career ahead of her. She also sounds pretty grounded, and in it for the love of acting and not for what it could bring her. It was also cool to hear about how well she bonded with Maisie in the audition, the chemistry between them is very important, so they almost had to be picked together like that.

    Steve the Pirate,

    Thanks for continuing to post these! This was one of my favorite bits, as more than any of the others, it points to the things that will come later. I loved how they recognize the benefits of the Watch (meritocracy, everyone being equal) rather than only emphasizing the negative sides.

    On another note, first in depth early response from critic who didn’t read the books: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b233922_welcome_game_of_thrones_crazies_please.html

    Even more encouraging as she did not have positive feelings about it going in.
    “It’s like looking at a diamond in sunshine. So many different facets flash, and it’s mesmerizing.”

  76. Dash
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Indigo Rules again!!!

  77. sareeta
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Love the interview. Sophie seems like a bright, energetic girl and I’m glad to hear she’s great friends with the other kids. I think she understands Sansa very well. I read Sansa as a girl who has all these grand expectations about the world and is oblivious to what is actually going on because she so desperately wants things to turn out the way she planned. It’s easier to root for Arya because she acts the way most people wish they had the courage to react, but Sansa matures as the story goes on. She definitely became more likable in AFFC. Sophie has a tough character to play, considering everything Sansa goes through as the series progresses. I’m curious how she gets along with Emilia Clarke, or if they have even met considering their paths don’t cross in the books.

  78. MirriMaz
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Such a sweet kid, and great job with the interview FaB…

    Sansa is easily one of my favorite characters, she grows the most and the glimpses that we got of her in the show are promising.

  79. Chris
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Anyone seen this?

    Win the Throne

    The new videos are also on OnDemand and they have an ad for these after them.

    By the way, the Dothraki video is pretty awesome. I was worried that that whole story could come off as a little cheesy on screen, but it looks like they are going to pull it off pretty well.

  80. Heather Kabel
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Great interview with Sophie. I enjoyed reading it and I look forward to seeing her portray Sansa onscreen.

  81. Carrie Meathrell
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Steve the Pirate,

    SteveThePirate…more like SteveTheHero! Support your bottom-uploading skills so much, yo :)

  82. mimi
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Chris: Anyone seen this?Win the ThroneThe new videos are also on OnDemand and they have an ad for these after them. By the way, the Dothraki video is pretty awesome. I was worried that that whole story could come off as a little cheesy on screen, but it looks like they are going to pull it off pretty well.

    Yup. A game to play. (www.winthethrone.com). sigh. I’m no good at these things. But at least there are some really nice pizes. Wonder if WIC will ban sharing code words????

    Sansa looks great! I think she acted annoying on purpose and that’s so perfect! She’s gonna nail that part.

    The Black Brothers clip is superb!!!……always love watching Kit.

  83. Knurk
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s so cool those kids get along so well, especially if you have in mind that they probably will never ever (ever) have a scene together again haha.

    This is one stunning girl, maybe that annoying little brat of a Bieber will get to see the show and think: wOOt, this girl fancies me? Give me her number now! (and then of course Bieber kills her father and forces her to watch his head on a spike (I’m sorry, but everytime I see the kid he reminds me of Joffrey, don’t sue me))

  84. Eggplant
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Great interview! I loved how long it was and all the quirky questions. The only improvement would’ve been the question “Describe in detail your scenes with Rory McCann (and Aiden Gillen too).”

    Just gotta say that when I was 15 (a relatively recent occurrence) I was already obsessed with ASoIaF and rocking out to Nightwish and Kamelot. (I made the mistake of telling my dad about Jon and Ygritte’s cave exploits when I first read Storm of Swords. I’m sure he was very concerned what his daughter was reading.)

  85. TastesLikeTheSea
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Steve the pirate, Most valuable poster .THE END.

  86. purplejilly
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    When I was 15 my favorite singer was Shaun Cassidy, so I can’t fault her for having Bieber Fever.

    And I can’t believe our days to pilot countdown timer is now less than 16!

  87. Mike Chair
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    TastesLikeTheSea: Steve the pirate, Most valuable poster .THE END.

    It is known.

  88. Luke likely
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    loved the interview. A little off topic, I love the Sansa painting up there of Sansa making the snow castle of Winterfell. That was such a great character moment for her. I think because of Sansa’s grace and gentleness even under great hardship, you really begin to see her strength. I mean I think it would have been very easy for her to become bitter, cynical or cold but she manages to hold on to her goodness. I think that’s what I always loved about her character.

  89. Chris
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Looks like http://www.winthethrone.com is up and ready to go. Unfortunately, I am unable to create an account because its telling me to type in captcha text, but the captcha text is no where to be found.

    Anyone else?

  90. Eric Jones
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    Chris,

    Yeah the captcha isn’t showing up for me either.

  91. Jarred Melancon
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Great interview. She does understand her character very well. I just hope Sansa isn’t as annoying in the show as she is in the clips. I know Turner is supposed to play Sansa as melodramatic however it still grates on my nerves.

  92. Phoenix_Torn
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Great interview FaB. I will always support you bottom. I also vote indigo as the colour of house Gatewatch :P

  93. James
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    I just found a positive review of the first episode. You can tell the writer never read the books but he seemed to like it alot so thats a good sign.

  94. James
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Found a positive review of the first episode and you can tell the writer never read the books
    http://www.denofgeek.com/television/833989/game_of_thrones_episode_1_spoilerfree_review.html

  95. The Smiling Knight
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Im one of those that didnt quite like Sansa through the first few books but found myself changing attitude later one, albeit a bit slowly. Which is normal as she was written like that.

    Its not an easy role to live through, as it isnt about someone who people would like at first and well into the story, but from little we have seen so far it seems miss Sophie Turner is playing Sansa perfectly and im so glad we have someone as beautiful and talented to do it right. I can totally see her going through complete Sansa character arc and changes and im sure many of the scenes will be completely heart rending.

    Im even more happy seeing that kids roles were given to completely new actors and that they have such chemistry amongst them.
    Even better is seeing how much and how deeply they like the books and understand their characters. That kind of passion and understanding is what i wanted to see more than anything else.

    I really do not agree with or like that “its a adaptation so changes must be made” mantra when it comes to adapting books to film but the actors chosen for Stark kids will undoubtedly make any eventual changes much easier for me.

    And i think i will like and understand Sansa much more after watching the show.

    Great interview btw. Please make more just like it.
    Its really boring reading the usual style of interviews on mainstream sites.
    This is refreshing.

  96. KG
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    :C Gosh … I can’t see the Captcha text, either.

    We’re all bots! And we never suspected a thing!

  97. Jim
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    This interview was incredibly creepy. You come across as creepy, Mr Fire and Blood.

  98. Rer
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Dominik Plewa,

    “Bieber? Seriously?”

    Give her a break, she’s 15! I would be worried if she wasn’t into JB at 15.

  99. Rer
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    Jim:
    This interview was incredibly creepy. You come across as creepy, Mr Fire and Blood.

    It didn’t sound creepy to me, where are you getting that from? All the questions where appropriate and it’s obvious that her mom was there for the interview also.

  100. Franny Bee
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    Sorry mates, I can’t get down on Bieber because I remember what it’s like to be young and in love with music/grinning boys/their ‘sensitive’ hair. Yes, Joey McIntyre (nkotb) was my adorable little punk of choice.

    Luke likely: I think it would have been very easy for her to become bitter, cynical or cold…

    Full disclosure: I love to hate Sansa. (Not the lovely Sophie though.)

    Sansa doesn’t become cynical, but maybe she should have? She ended up enabling the destruction of her whole family/Winterfell (she turned her own dad in to the lovely Queen Cersei because she was hellbent on marrying Joff). I can’t recall if she even feels appropriately disgusted with herself. She is selfish as a character, a starry-eyed liability – worse than a villain in my mind, because she behaves so stupidly, even though people have trusted her. Though I don’t think she’ll be that way for much longer.

    “Sansa’s Revenge” should be a movie unto itself. Like “Carrie”, only with more blood ;)

  101. dimensionallyT
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Awesome interview. Thanks to both of you!

    Sansa is one of the characters I am most curious about seeing come alive on screen. I loathed her throughout most of AGoT, only gradually warming to her as her relationships with Sandor, Tyrion and Baelish developed. The latest developments in her character have turned me into a Sansa fan. It will be interesting to see if my view changes when I see her on screen. Will I hate her more, seeing her be so stupid, or will I sympathize more seeing her physical age? Mostly, I am curious to see what happens with Sandor and Baelish, as I am quite fond of the undercurrents in the books, but suspect I might be very much against them when forced to see it on screen!

    Oh, and the colour indigo is fine, but the word is AWFUL! It just sounds icky and feels weird in the mouth.

  102. Ramah
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Steven Swanson:
    Ramah,

    Well considering that FaB is writing and he is funny, I prefer that he continue trying.

    Great interview in a world of boring sucky interviews.

    Well, each to their own I guess. It wouldn’t do for everyone to be alike. :)

    Just to be clear though, I don’t want him to stop writing. I enjoyed the interview. I just find all the flowery prose in his editorials completely overblown. I much prefer the “tell it how it is” style of WiC and HmR. Probably just me though.

    Anyhoos, keep ‘em coming. :)

  103. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Franny Bee,

    At the time she cements the doom of her family she hasn’t had time to become cynical. She is becoming aware of things work and that she might be able to do something on her own later on, in AFFC. I don’t think she’s any more selfish than Arya either. Sansa generally does what she is told, with a few exceptions but which disappointed child doesn’t do that? (she’s also disappointed with things that would change her life forever, so it’s a big deal) Arya almost always does what she wants, not caring that she has responsibilities and so on. I don’t know why people don’t see it like that in greater extent, perhaps because she’s written like a true protagonist while Sansa is not (which makes her more interesting in some ways in my view). Sansa does some stupid things but it’s partially because she’s never been taught about the bad things in life. Arya is more skeptical but also acts stupid on a more fundamental level so no one wants her in places where she can cause great harm.

  104. Fire And Blood
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Look, if I have to explain my indigo indignation one more time…

    There are three primary colors: blue, yellow, and red. When you mix various combinations, you get variations of the three secondary colors: green, orange, and purple.

    We’re then supposed to just squeeze indigo in between purple and blue because—why exactly! What was the standard of measure that made them (whoever they are) decide blurple had a greater worth than rerange, or yerange, or rerple, or bleen, or even yeleen?!

    There should just be six. Why are there seven? This is a travesty. I want to know who I need to speak to about fairness within the visible spectrum.

    Anyway.

    On the subject of Sophie R.R. Turner and her process in playing the role of Sansa, I want to compare and contrast Sansa with her sister Arya. To note: the scene we see in the Michele Clapton Costumes video that takes place in King’s Landing, where Sansa is pleading with Ned whilst Arya looks on:

    Sansa: “I’m supposed to marry Prince Joffrey, I love him, and I’m meant to be his queen and have his babies!”

    Arya: “Seven Hells.”

    The difference in delivery here is all the evidence we need. Sansa’s pleading is childlike, especially the way Sophie sort of draws out the word “bay-bies,” like Sansa and Joffrey will be in love and then POOF! Babies! She takes lines that are already made to be immature and makes them by her inflection even more so, making her seem all that much more naive.

    Sansa is trying to give an adult argument but, because she’s Sansa, fails at it. Sophie delivers that perfectly.

    Contrast Arya’s “Seven Hells,” which is sort of growled out, like you’d imagine she’d heard soldiers or guards (or her father) say it a few dozen times. Like she’s completely disgusted by 1. the very concept of having babies and worse 2. someone having Joffrey’s babies. The delivery is very adult.

    So you have the older sister talking about marriage and babies but acting like a child, and the younger sister appalled by the thought and voicing it in the most grown-up way she can.

    Is there any wonder these two had synergy?

    This is our Game of Thrones! I am loving what I’m seeing so far!

  105. Fire And Blood
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Ramah:
    Now, if only FaB would tone down his “want to be a writer and want to be funny” editorials. :)

    Hey! I’ll have you know I have tens of fans!

    Sallador Steve:
    Good job on the interview. You didn’t come off as a creeper at all. ;)

    Thanks, man! And thanks for all you do!

    Jim:
    This interview was incredibly creepy. You come across as creepy, Mr Fire and Blood.

    So far we’re about 50/50 with “FaB is creepy.” That reminds me of a story…

    I am officially banned from accompanying my daughter on Halloween outings, and have been for years. She’s sixteen now, but back when she was eight or nine I joined her on a Halloween tour of the neighborhood. Getting into the spirit of things, I dressed in a black trench coat, donned my nerdiest ren-faire cloak (the dorktastic one with the deep hood), wore large black ski gloves and black boots…

    I walked up with my daughter to a group of her friends. One of the kids had a younger sister—about 6 or 7 years old—and she nervously asked my daughter who I was. I slowly lifted my head…

    I was wearing those awesomely stupid gag glasses. The ones with the bulging eyeballs that pop out with springs when you tilt them just right. I thought they would be funny and ironic when paired with such an obviously dark and menacing getup.

    Springing eyeballs worked like a charm!

    Girl screamed the most terrified shriek I have ever heard in my life, turned, bolted across the street and promptly cracked off half her front tooth when she impacted a parked car. (No, I have no idea how she missed seeing the car. It was silver.)

    My daughter was mortified, and I was in trouble for months. But damn if those glasses didn’t actually work. They almost never do!

  106. Knurk
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood,

    haha, no angry parents at your house the same evening?

  107. Fire And Blood
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Oh yes.

    The anger lasted weeks. I was called “immature” and “irresponsible” early and often.

    Gave me flashbacks of my own school days, to tell the truth.

  108. Zack
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Franny Bee:
    Sorry mates, I can’t get down on Bieber because I remember what it’s like to be young and in love with music/grinning boys/their ‘sensitive’ hair. Yes, Joey McIntyre (nkotb) was my adorable little punk of choice.

    Full disclosure: I love to hate Sansa. (Not the lovely Sophie though.)

    Sansa doesn’t become cynical, but maybe she should have? She ended up enabling the destruction of her whole family/Winterfell (she turned her own dad in to the lovely Queen Cersei because she was hellbent on marrying Joff).I can’t recall if she even feels appropriately disgusted with herself. She is selfish as a character, a starry-eyed liability – worse than a villain in my mind, because she behaves so stupidly, even though people have trusted her. Though I don’t think she’ll be that way for much longer.

    “Sansa’s Revenge” should be a movie unto itself. Like “Carrie”, only with more blood

    The same woman who shortly before had coldly decreed that Sansa’s wolf must be symbolically murdered despite the fact that it was clear said wolf had done no wrong. Yeah, that’s a woman I would trust with my cherished father’s plans. Definitely. What could go wrong?

    How daft. I do not like Sansa. Sophie’s got a tough job, but I think she’s up to it. It’s gonna be harder to hold onto resentments for things like that when I’m watching an actual person reacting emotionally as compared to words on a page.

  109. Zack
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood,

    I would have certainly had the same thought about humorous jokes. If you’re not allowed to try and frighten your daughter’s friends with silly glasses ON HALLOWEEN, there is something deeply flawed with the world.

  110. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood:
    There should just be six. Why are there seven?

    A fan of ASOAIF should not have to ask that. The Stranger is not pleased. ;)

  111. MirriMaz
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Tywin's Bastard,

    Agreed, Sansa was raised to believe in fairytales and princes so it makes complete sense that she would go to Cersei who in general is very sweet towards her and pleads with her to keep them in KL after all she’s the queen. She’s clueless but i can’t hate her for that, Ned is as much to blame for his family’s downfall because of his inability to play the game and Cat’s actions also and they are both adults. Arya just does what Arya wants, which makes her more likeable but defenitly not less selfish.

  112. Luke likely
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I think Sansa’s being naive was her biggest flaw. That’s how she really evolves in the series. She can no longer pretend that everything is right in the world and everyone has her best interests in mind. When she lies for Joffrey, taking his side over Arya’s, I think its like she was tested. Would she do the right thing or not and she chose the wrong thing by turning her back on her family for an ultimately selfish reason. When she told Cercei her fathers plan I think in her mind it was the right thing to do, because at that point she was very naive. For her first error in judgement I think George implies that she is almost supernaturally punished. as if the gods were taking away their protection, for her failing the test and not being loyal to her family. For me though its hard to continue to judge her for her father’s death because I think it came more from her being a trusting child than any malicious act. Really though I only began to forgive her as she starts to lose her naivety. She starts to have a certain melancholy, in my opinion not just because her father died but because she fully realizes her role in her fathers death.

  113. Fire And Blood
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Tywin’s Bastard,

    You really are a bastard!

    Which would make you a …

    Hm. What are Casterly Rock bastards named? Besides “lucky to have survived.”

  114. Hear Me Roar
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood,

    That would be Hill ;)

  115. The Smiling Knight
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Nonsense. Its Rocky.

  116. The Smiling Knight
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood:

    On the subject of Sophie R.R. Turner and her process in playing the role of Sansa, I want to compare and contrast Sansa with her sister Arya. To note: the scene we see in the Michele Clapton Costumes video that takes place in King’s Landing, where Sansa is pleading with Ned whilst Arya looks on:

    Sansa: “I’m supposed to marry Prince Joffrey, I love him, and I’m meant to be his queen and have his babies!”

    Arya: “Seven Hells.”

    The difference in delivery here is all the evidence we need. Sansa’s pleading is childlike, especially the way Sophie sort of draws out the word “bay-bies,” like Sansa and Joffrey will be in love and then POOF! Babies! She takes lines that are already made to be immature and makes them by her inflection even more so, making her seem all that much more naive.

    Sansa is trying to give an adult argument but, because she’s Sansa, fails at it. Sophie delivers that perfectly.

    Contrast Arya’s “Seven Hells,” which is sort of growled out, like you’d imagine she’d heard soldiers or guards (or her father) say it a few dozen times. Like she’s completely disgusted by 1. the very concept of having babies and worse 2. someone having Joffrey’s babies. The delivery is very adult.

    So you have the older sister talking about marriage and babies but acting like a child, and the younger sister appalled by the thought and voicing it in the most grown-up way she can.

    Is there any wonder these two had synergy?

    This is our Game of Thrones! I am loving what I’m seeing so far!

    Totally agreed. That scene was just perfect from both of them and i actually guffawed at Aryas line.

  117. Thorrgal
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Fire And Blood: Look, if I have to explain my indigo indignation one more time…There are three primary colors: blue, yellow, and red. When you mix various combinations, you get variations of the three secondary colors: green, orange, and purple.We’re then supposed to just squeeze indigo in between purple and blue because—why exactly! What was the standard of measure that made them (whoever they are) decide blurple had a greater worth than rerange, or yerange, or rerple, or bleen, or even yeleen?!There should just be six. Why are there seven?

    “Newton originally (1672) named only five primary colours: red, yellow, green, blue and violet. Later he included orange and indigo, giving seven colours by analogy to the number of notes in a musical scale”

    From the almighty wiki…also:

    “A rainbow spans a continuous spectrum of colours—there are no “bands.” The apparent discreteness is an artefact of the photopigments in the human eye and of the neural processing of our photoreceptor outputs in the brain. Because the peak response of human colour receptors varies from person to person, different individuals will see slightly different colours, and persons with colour blindness will see a smaller set of colours. However the seven colours listed below are thought to be representative of how humans everywhere, with normal colour vision, see the rainbow”

    Hope this closes the Indigo debate…I for one won’t be questioning Sir Isaac :P

  118. J
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    “Being pursued by older—sometimes extremely unattractive—men? ” With a face like that I can’t imagine that will only be a fixture of her life as Sansa. I’ll be shocked if there aren’t sites counting down to her eighteenth birthday by the time the first episode is done airing. With Sophie and Emilia, it’s going to be a tough call to know who Maggie the Frog meant. (AFfC has more in it than most people seem to realize.)

  119. Fire And Blood
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Thorrgal,

    Blasted Newton!

    Okay, actually, his argument falls apart when he tries to tie color in with musical notes. One does not listen to the colors of the rainbow, despite what Disney might tell us! There’s really only one way this can be settled: we wait for season 2 and see what Renly does with his rainbow guard.

    (I’m so screwed. And if it went to a poll, I guarantee indigo would be made an official part of the House Gatewatch standard. You’re all Tywin’s bastards!)

    J,

    Oddly, it was my original guess that Sansa would be the “younger, more beautiful” queen that would depose Cersei. (She could still begin that process by becoming Queen of the North, as Littlefinger is plotting—though the more I think about it the more I think she will not end up marrying Harry the Heir. Or she might, but eventually that will just fall apart. Just a gut feeling…)

  120. Miranda
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Great interview; got all the pertinent info on the actress AND her role. She is going to be a hit for sure, and she appears to be an intelligent, delightful young girl. Loved the “behind the scenes” info and the insightful questions that brought it out. Good job, Fire and Blood!!

  121. Charlotte Rose
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh, thank you so much for this interview. I wish i’d seen the show but i guess i’ll have to wait as i don’t have sky :-( Non the less Sophie is great and perfect and at Playbox which is a exra good thing! She’ll go far! Thanks

  122. George
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I don’t usually fancy fantasy genres that much. But this show is awesome! And Sophie Turner is absolutely gorgeous and hot. Love to see more of her in the future. A lot of good acting potential there.

  123. Alexandra
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’ll go straight to my main comment. I don’t like Sansa in the HBO series. But it’s not because the way George R. R. Martin envisaged her – silly, naive characters are needed in any play, and obviously they’re not liked by many readers/viewers. It’s basically Sophie. In each scene (apart from when Ned Stark is decapitated right in front of Sansa), Sophie doesn’t express any emotion at all, not using her face, no gestures. Whenever she has a line, she sits/stands very stiff, no body language whatsoever. Also, most of the times, when walking, the actress doesn’t keep her back straight, ‘as it befits a lady’.

    My last points relates to the interview. Poorly organized and with not-so interesting questions, at a moment it asks Sophie about arm-wrestling, then jumps to Justin Bieber being a drummer, then to her least favourite colour, then to hammering in the morning? I understood that it was supposed to be funny in a way, however the questions are tedious to read, and they left out a really important question “Did you read the book so that you gain a clearer picture of Sansa Stark’s character?”

  124. Bemma
    Posted September 29, 2011 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Alexandra,

    Actually, he says to her, ‘I know you haven’t read the series…’, which to me implies that she hasn’t read the books!

  125. Michael Compton
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting interview – thanks!

    Thanks also to Ms. Turner for taking the time to share her thoughts… Nice to get some behind-the-scenes info on this magnificent adaptation.

    I thought she (and the rest of the cast, a -> zed) were all exceptionally brilliant in their parts. She WAS (/is) Sansa!

    Can’t wait for S2!

    Sincere thx to the interviewer and their subject :)

  126. Curtis
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if Sophie is going to be able to handle some of the later things Joffrey does to her. I don’t want to give out too big of a spoiler, but isn’t Sophie too young for some of the later events? Unless they just cut it out, but it seems moderately important to show just how horrible of a person Joffrey is. As if crossbows to starving peasants isn’t enough.
    So for I’m enjoying both the books (Currently on Storm of Swords) and the television show. Can’t wait for more!

  127. stephanie
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    hey sophie i have game of thrones seasonm 1 i just looove you in the show but what about the bad parts i hope you dont see those parts do they block that out when little kids are around , do you have a website thats tells about yoursel and such awsome job and cant wait to watch season 2 on monday werite back when you have time

    - your friend stephanie

  128. Alex
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    Great interview, thanks Sophie! You are the hottest actress in the whole show btw. Stunning, gorgeous eyes.

    Also what’s up with all the censorship on this website…

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