'Game of Thrones' actress Sophie Turner admits to thinking about suicide in Dr. Phil podcast

"Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner opened up about her mental health issues in an episode of Dr. Phil's "Phil in the (Blanks)" podcast that was released on Tuesday, revealing that she thought about suicide during the early years of her time on the hit HBO show. 

The 23-year-old British actress, who plays Sansa Stark in the medieval fantasy-based show, said she started to experience depression when she was 17 years old. At the time, she was only a few seasons into her role. 

"I think it was a combination of social media on the rise at that time and also my friends were going to university," Turner explained. "I was working but I was still living at my parents' house, so I felt really alone."

Though she enjoyed working with her fellow actors, Turner said that she was bullied on social media about her weight, acting and "spotty skin." The criticism made her self-conscious and affected the way she presented herself on camera. 

"I'd be concerned about the [camera] angles," Turner said. "I couldn't be true to my character because I was concerned about Sophie." 

The actress told Dr. Phil that the only "Game of Thrones" cast member who knew about her struggles at the time was Maisie Williams. Williams, who plays Turner's sibling on the show, is one year younger than her. 

"I had no motivation to do anything or go out," Turner added. "Even with my best friends, I wouldn't want to see them or go out and eat with them."

The actress' parents didn't know about her depression until less than a year ago, when they discovered her therapy bills. Turner, who almost lost two friends to suicide, said she used to think a lot about taking her own life when she was younger. Still, she doesn't think she would ever go through with it, she asserted in the podcast. 

"Maybe it's just a weird fascination," she confessed.

In 2017, Turner announced her engagement to singer Joe Jonas, whom she credited for putting her life somewhat in perspective for her. 

"I don't think I love myself at all but I'm now with someone that makes me realize that I do have some redeeming qualities," she said. "When someone tells you they love you everyday, it makes you think about why that is, and I think that makes you love yourself a bit more." 

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner seen out and about in Manhattan on May 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas leave the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 Fashion Show at JFK Airport on May 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 08: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 Fashion Show at JFK Airport on May 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Louis Vuitton )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner arrive for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion - Arrivalsat The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MG19/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS -- Show Backstage -- 2019 BBMA at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada -- Pictured: (l-r) Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas -- (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend the "Game Of Thrones" Season 8 NY Premiere on April 3, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas attend the "Game Of Thrones" Season 8 NY Premiere After Party on April 3, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner and her parents seen out and about in Manhattan on March 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas attend Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Singer Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are seen walking in SoHo on March 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are seen on March 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
MUMBAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 26: Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra (L) with her fiancee Nick Jonas (R), his brother Joe Jonas and his fiancee Sophie Turner posed for photographs outside a restaurant at Juhu on November 26, 2018 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Sophie Turner (L) and Joe Jonas during Republic Records Grammy after party at Spring Place Beverly Hills on February 10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 15: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are seen on March 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Say Cheese!/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas attend Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are seen on March 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas attend the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 on October 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are seen on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Tal Rubin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra at 2018 US Open each other at the 2018 US Open on September 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 3: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner attend the defeats of Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer on day 8 of the 2018 tennis US Open on Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
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The actress said she now tries her best to avoid social media and wants to someday help improve the mental health system in the United Kingdom. 

"There just isn't enough quality help over there," she said. 

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