Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner on Sansa Stark’s “Big” Season

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The actress speaks to Vanity Fair about growing up, X-Men, and, of course,Game of Thrones Season 6.

AGE: 20.

PROVENANCE: Warwickshire, England.

THE COUNTRY GIRL: “I grew up in a small village in the heart of England. No pub, just a windmill and a church. It was all about the animals. My two older brothers and I were the only kids, so I developed an imagination.”

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: In traditional British fashion, the annual Christmas pantomime inspired Turner to join the local youth theater. “I loved being onstage—it always seemed so dangerous.”

LADY OF WINTERFELL: This passion turned professional in 2009 when Game of Thrones held a nationwide talent search to cast the role of Sansa Stark. “I was 13, and they came to my school, and I had about five callbacks. I would cry every night when I was on holiday because I knew the decision was being made soon. One morning my mom woke me up with ‘Good morning, Sansa.’ ”

WATCH THE THRONE: This month, she’ll return to HBO in the sixth season of the award-winning George R. R. Martin adaptation. “I know her better than I know myself. After everything Sansa’s gone through, it’s going to be a big one.”

MIND BLOWN: In May, Turner trades in her corsets for telekinetic powers as a young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s big-budget prequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. “It was a lot of wires and greenscreen. I got to leap around in modern clothes and be a superhero.”

BUCKET LIST: “I want to do everything and anything. I don’t feel like I can say no to anything. I want experience!”

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