Sophie Turner on Enduring 'Hard Years' as Her Body Transformed in the Public Eye – and the 'Panic Attack' She Had About the End of 'Game of Thrones'

"Growing up and having my body transform ... and people watching and commenting on that – that was tricky," Turner says

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Growing up playing one of the main characters on a hugely popular TV show with a cult following can’t be easy – and Game of ThronesSophie Turner isn’t afraid to admit that.

The actress, now 20, says in InStyle UK‘s July cover story that growing up in the public eye while playing Sansa Stark on the hit HBO series was “probably the thing I’ve struggled with the most.”

“At first, it was the character: people hating on her because she was a 13-year-old girl, and she should have a smart head on her shoulders and make good decisions. But, at the end of the day – blinded by love – she didn’t,” Turner says.

But as Turner became a household name, the star says she began to experience a whole different set of challenges.

“When people started to know my name, as well as the character’s name, that was kind of difficult,” she admits. “From 16 to when I turned 19, they were quite hard years. You’re in the prime of puberty; your body is changing, your face is changing, and people still saw me as that 13-year-old girl, with no body, and thought that’s how I should look forever.”

“So, growing up and having my body transform, and my hormones, and people watching and commenting on that – that was tricky,” she adds. “Even my friends were having a hard time with that stuff, but when people are printing photos of your bad skin, that’s really difficult.”

As for the series’ ultimate conclusion – Turner says it won’t go past an eighth season – well, that’s definitely a scary thought.

“I kind of had a bit of a panic attack the other night as I was thinking about it,” Turner says. “It’s like graduating from high school, but it doesn’t feel like a graduation, because I don’t have a university to go onto that’s bigger and better.”

That being said, the actress is already taking on other projects, including starring in the recent X-Men: Apocalypse.

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“This is going to be the worst X-Men so far, because I’m in it,” she jokes. “When you’re outside something, you think, ‘That is amazing, I would love to be in that.’ But when you are in it, you think, ‘Is this going to be any good?’ ”

As for her dating life? Turner says she’s “never dated anyone who I didn’t know before or who’s in the industry.”

“I think that’s quite a conscious decision because the lifestyles wouldn’t work,” she explains. “This profession is so different to any other; the going away for long amounts of time – I think it would just be really difficult.”

“If you meet on a job, it’s amazing. You have five months together and it’s incredible,” she continues. “Then, once it’s over, suddenly one of you is shooting in Australia and the other one is shooting in Spain, and you never know when you re going to see each other again, but at least you both understand it.”

Game of Thrones airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on HBO, and X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters now.

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