So­phie Turner on switch­ing from Game Of Thrones to X- Men

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How did you ap­proach play­ing the young Jean Grey?

It’s very ex­cit­ing be­cause we know where she ends up, and how amaz­ing she be­comes, and how pow­er­ful. So it was fun to play that down and have it as a trou­bled young girl strug­gling mas­sively – not just with her pow­ers, but be­ing a teenager and be­ing ac­cepted.

Was it in­tim­i­dat­ing to come into this cast?

Oh my god, I was pet­ri­fied! But as soon as I got the part, Nick Hoult emailed me. “Con­grat­u­la­tions! We’re ex­cited to have you.” Then I came on set and ev­ery­one was just the nicest. What I thought was go­ing to hap­pen was the young ones would form our own group, and the older ones would be pro­tec­tive of the group that they have. But no, they wel­comed us in with open arms.

This role must be much more phys­i­cally de­mand­ing than Sansa Stark.

Def­i­nitely. I’ve been in and out of the gym con­stantly to get my fit­ness lev­els up and just look like I could do some­thing. De­spite the fact that she’s tele­pathic and tele­ki­netic, so I fig­ure she can just sit and do noth­ing! I was like, “Can’t she just be fat and eat a lot?” But ap­par­ently not…

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