CHAR­AC­TER STUDY

SO­PHIE TURNER AGE 19

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ROLE Sansa Stark, on the megahit tele­vi­sion show Game of Thrones (HBO). BRING­ING UP BABY “At the be­gin­ning, I would some­times think ‘Oh, God, Sansa, can you just get up and kick some ass,’” says Turner, who has been play­ing the kind-hearted and some­what naive char­ac­ter since she was 15. But, she adds, she has al­ways loved the role. “Sansa be­lieves in this won­der­ful fairy-tale world; it’s nice to have that kind of per­spec­tive amid all the dan­ger and ter­ror and de­pres­sion.” GAME CHANGER With the fifth sea­son pre­mier­ing in April, view­ers are an­tic­i­pat­ing a de­cid­edly more ma­ture Sansa. “I’ve been so lucky to be able to play this vul­ner­a­ble lit­tle girl who trans­forms into a pow­er­house, ma­nip­u­la­tive woman—I’m ex­cited to see where she can grow from here.” SU­PER­GIRLS Part of the show’s global suc­cess is that it con­sis­tently of­fers some of the most com­plex fe­male char­ac­ters on tele­vi­sion to date. “I’m ob­sessed with Cer­sei [played by Lena Headey],” says Turner. “I think she’s the most in­cred­i­ble char­ac­ter to play, and I know her story arc this sea­son will blow peo­ple’s minds. It’s in­sane!” ■

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