Newlyweds Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas got married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel earlier this month, but in a new interview with the Sunday Times, the “Game of Thrones” star reveals that the couple almost didn’t make it to the altar when they decided to split up.
Speaking with the Times, the 23-year-old actress discussed some of the bumps bumps encountered on the couple’s road to matrimony.
“I was going through this phase of being very mentally unwell [when we first met in 2016],” Turner recalled. “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.”
However, she also recalls the time they decided to break up — which thankfully only lasted for a single day.
Still, she describes the short split as “the worst day of our lives. For a second we both had cold feet, then 24 hours later we were both, like, ‘Never mind.’”
As Turner explains, Jonas offers her unconditional love and the perspective of someone who’s experienced the same kind of fame that she has.
“Happiness has just trumped it all,” she says. “You want to be normal, to go out without the fear of people hounding you, but if I’m happy then I’m not going to give that up to be private.”
With “Game of Thrones” set to end its eight-season run on Sunday, May 19, Turner reflects on what she’s learned from living through the perilous journey of Sansa Stark.
“She’s taught me resilience,” Turner says of her “GoT” character. “Because we both kind of started out wide-eyed. Me not realizing what the industry really was, her not realizing what the world of Westeros really was. Going into it blindly, figuring it out, going through some ups and some downs, for both of us.”
She adds: “It sounds stupid, but I don’t think I would have been able to get through the hardships — I mean, boo hoo — but the hardships, mental health-wise, in my life without playing Sansa and without having that constant inspiration. If she can do it, then I can definitely do it.”