Sophie Turner Reveals That 'Game of Thrones' Was Her Sex Education
Sophie Turner, the actress of GoT's Sansa Stark, spilled to the U.K.'s Sunday Times in a recent interview that Game of Thrones was an eye-opening experience in more ways than one.
Cast as Sansa at the tender age of 12, it's not surprising that the actress hadn't had any sex-ed classes by the time she first read the show's script.
Game of Thrones is known for it's particularly graphic and violent sex scenes, and it seems that these were Turner's first courses in sexual education.
"I'd be doing a read-through and we'd be talking about very graphic stuff. The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script. I was like... 'Wow! People do that? That's fascinating!'"
"I guess that was my sex education," she says. "Being on Game of Thrones."
The experience has been vastly educational in ways she never expected.
In Season 5, Sansa Stark was consistently brutally raped by her husband, Ramsay Bolton. The scenes were distressing to many fans of the show, who responded with a huge backlash.
Originally Turner agreed with the fans who thought the scenes shouldn't have been aired. She admitted that she was naive when the scenes were initially shot, as neither she nor anyone she knew had been affected by sexual assault.
Eventually, though, Turner changed her mind about the scenes.
"This sort of thing used to happen and it continues to happen now, and if we treat it as such a taboo and precious subject, then how are people going to have the strength to come out and feel comfortable saying that this has happened to them?"
The sexual education system in many countries is not what it should be, and it is not uncommon for children and young teenagers to learn from entertainment and pop culture.
A fantasy series should not be the model for any 12 year old, but Sophie Turner believes that her experience on Game of Thrones has helped her grow into the woman she is today.