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As Game Of Thrones is coming to an end, star Sophie Turner is taking more time to speak out against the drawbacks of spending her formative years in the spotlight. Appearing on Dr. Phil’s podcast Phil In The Blanks, the 23-year-old Dark Phoenix star opened up about her struggles with depression and how her critics affected her mental health.

“I would just believe it. I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ I would just believe it,” she recalled. “I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious.”

The insecurities grew into symptoms of depression. Turner lost her feeling of motivation “all of a sudden” and began distancing herself from her friends. Those feelings of isolation were made worse by a disconnect stemming from her decision to dedicate herself to acting as opposed to attending college like her friends and two brothers.

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