In an interview with The Sunday Times, Turner spoke about the negative impact of harsh public scrutiny at such a young age. “I think I would be a much saner person if I hadn’t been documented from 13 — your most awkward, uncomfortable, unsure-of-yourself years.”
“Suddenly, everyone’s metabolism slows down at 17, 18, and then that’s documented,” she continued. “My skin and everything. People commenting on it. I was too aware of my body at a young age. And it just kind of took over my mind, it was all I would think about. Calorie counting, everything. ‘Oh, I’ll just eat nuts today.'”
Turner admitted that her struggle with body image resulted in some major health issues. “I stopped having my period for a year — that’s when I decided to have therapy,” she said, adding that therapy was a major part of her recovery. “I just think it’s so important.”
On top of closing out one of the most successful television franchises of all time, Turner also recently married Joe Jonas in a surprise Vegas ceremony. The 23-year-old actress credits her husband for a great deal of her recovery. When Turner met Jonas at age 20, she recalls she was “going through this phase of being very mentally unwell.”
“He was like, ‘I can’t be with you until you love yourself, I can’t see you love me more than you love yourself.’ That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way,” she said.
Though she is forever grateful for her experiences on GOT, turned told the publication that it also offer a sense of relief. As for her future: “I’ve learnt that I have to turn down jobs if I need to lose weight for them, because it’s not good for my mental health at all,” she said. “I’ve learnt that I have to put my mental health first, beyond anything, otherwise I’m screwed and then I might actually end up in rehab.”