Sophie’s turning 21 in a few short weeks, and while we couldn’t figure out exactly what we wanted to look at doing to celebrate after some discussion we’ve decided to do a charity fundraiser in Sophie’s name with the money going to the IRC, which is also known as the the International Rescue Committee.
It’s a humanitarian relief organization that aids refugees around the world that Sophie as well as her fellow Game of Thrones cast members helped support last year in a big partnership between HBO and the IRC.
The goal is 1000$ but the campaign runs for 30 days which means we can still continue to raise money even after Sophie’s birthday, every dollar counts and all of the proceeds will be going to the IRC. They work throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States. Currently they are fighting to help refugees in the U.S. affected by Trump’s ban.
Hi! “other” mod Hannah here.
I may be in the unfortunate position of living on the other side of the world so I’ll probably never meet Sophie, but in some cases I’m lucky – Australia gets to see X-Men Apocalypse a week before the US! (Give me a moment to gloat… okay done).
I’m undeniably not close to the X-Men universe – I have seen all the films but I’ve always been a casual fan, and I’ve never seen an X-Men movie and come out of it thinking it was anything special. Apocalypse definitely changed that opinion. I can’t possibly preface this with “unbiased opinion” because… I literally co-run this Sophie site and, admittedly, I wouldn’t have been nearly as excited about it if she wasn’t in it. However, I can tell you that overall it is a genuinely good film, packed with emotional moments from several new and pre-loved characters, that stands up well against the oversaturation of superhero films around nowadays (and upon reflection, I think it is superior to Batman VS Superman).
Sophie Turner’s performance as Jean is amazing. Like she’s said before, her take is quite different from Famke Janssen’s – Famke’s older Jean is a lot more self assured and confident with her abilities, while Sophie’s Jean is a young girl struggling to control the growing powers within her. Sophie imbues the character with the kind of fragility and strength we know her to portray so well through Sansa Stark – and yet, she’s almost unrecognisable. She definitely shows her range in this film, nailing an American accent and showing this innate mental power that makes Jean such a unique mutant. You see why people might be afraid of her and the potential she possesses, while also feeling for how out of place in the world she feels because of it. She emits a calmness and kindness towards several key characters in the film, acting as a kind of intrinsic tether in the madness, but there’s a darker edge too. There have been rumours that X-Men might revisit the Dark Phoenix arc, and there’s no doubt in my mind Sophie would do incredible things with that material.
Overall, I appreciated the subtleties in Sophie’s portrayal but was blown away by the big moments she got, which she’s often not afforded on Game of Thrones. Jean was really given a lot of moments to shine in this film (I would even say that her arc was the strongest and most promising) and I do think audiences will warm to her immediately. I can imagine Sophie was pretty chuffed with some of her scene partners, and she held her own among some very experienced and prolific actors (one in particular is a nice surprise).
For the first time in my life I’m genuinely enthusiastic about X-Men and its future – all of the young actors shone (Tye Sheridan especially) and it will be wonderful to see how the universe progresses with these new faces. Loved it!
Sophie has been nominated for an EWwy award (emmy snubbed favourites). It’s up to you guys to vote for her and to show your appreciation for her hard-hitting performance this season on Game of Thrones!
Click this link: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/20/ewwy-awards-2015-vote
Thankyou so much to the lovely Mel for the translation!
Sophie Turner is a Stark.
Sophie has a lot in common with her character in Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark. Both are strong, brave and mature. The difference? Sophie depends on the screenwriters to write the next chapter of her life: how she got famous.
Talking about tv can get very passionate when discussing the moments, analyzing plot twists and loving (or loathing) a character. Without a doubt, for us the audience, it is great to be living in the golden age of television. But what makes a show successful? Now, in that, the audience is more demanding. You need well written characters, an impeccable production and creativity freedom. What better show than HBO’s Game of Thrones to prove it? Millions of people can’t be wrong. The struggle of the seven kingdoms has become one of the most talked about dramas, especially episode nine of each season (personally I’m still crying about the one in season 1). “It’s an honor to be able to work on something so awesome,” says Sophie Turner who plays the Stark’s eldest daughter, Sansa. “When I see how each year people are looking forward to watch the new episodes, it makes me appreciate every second to be part of it,” adds the 19 year old actress. Sophie is not only on the biggest show on tv, this year it was announced that she’d be part on one of the biggest film franchises: X-Men: Apocalypse. She’s won over the public’s love, the producers’ trust and most importantly, control over her own life. Her strategy? Two crucial elements: intelligence and maturity.
Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest shows. When you started, did you expect it to become the show with the highest rating on history?
Wow! It’s exciting to be working on something that has exceeded every expectation from the very beginning. The whole team – cast, producers, writers- is very passionate about it, which is the key to our success: we think big and freely. The fans appreciate the effort. Weirdly, when I’m on set, I don’t feel the pressure, I mean, we do care that everything is perfect, but we don’t have the “this is the best show on television so do something to deserve the title” thing on our backs. We just respect the universe in which the story is set, things just flow naturally from that.
For someone so young, you seem to get the hang of the business…
I know a thing or two… for my first big show, it’s not so bad!
This week’s Game of Thrones was widely critiqued for what many see as an unnecessarily upsetting change from the book series.
After Joffrey, she’s escaped him and you think she’s going to lose her virginity to a guy who’s really sweet and takes care of her and she’s thrown in with a guy who’s a whole lot worse. But I kind of like the fact she doesn’t really know what a psycho he is until that night. She has a sense, but she’s more scared of his father. And then that night everything gets so f–ked up.
Showrunners [David Benioff and Dan Weiss] must have been like, “Okay, let’s do everything we can to make her the most abused, manipulated character!”
Sophie talks about growing up on the Game of Thrones set, Sansa’s future, as well as her upcoming role as Jean Grey in X Men Apocalypse.
You can read the entire article in English here. The original article (in German) is scanned and available in our gallery.
I: How much of Sansa Stark is in Sophie Turner?
S: I wish I would have adapted some of her traits. Sadly we’re not even a bit alike. I admire how strong she is. She has been through all this crap, and at the end she even becomes a better human. I never went through something like that and don’t know how this can affect you. She alway keeps the innocent expression. She knows, she doesn’t have the power to fight with a sword like her sister Arya. She keeps an innocent, equanimous expression, even when she’s raging on the inside and wants to murder everyone for what has happened to her family. Three years of captivity and she stays brave – that I admire.
I: There will be even less time for that in the future. You will star as Jean in X-Men. Again a fantasy heroine.
S: Yes, but it’s different fantasy from Sansa. Game of Thrones is mediaeval and X-Men is science fiction. But I already detected some similarities in the characters, their strength for example. But otherwise they’re very different. Sansa seems very innocent, Jean on the other hand gets to hit on it full time. And visual they’re so different. Sansa wears long, heavy dresses, Jean a bodysuit.
I: Jennifer Lawrence and Channing Tatum will star in this movie as well. How does it feel to catch up with A-list Hollywood?
S: First it means I’ll be put on a diet before production begins. I’ve got to get somehow into that bodysuit. That was the first thing they told me at the audition in LA: “We love you, but you have to lose ten kilos.”
Sophie is playing a young Jean Grey in the upcoming XMen Apocalypse (2016)
Also talks about season 5.