'Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark may have taken time to come into her own, but Sophie Turner has always been a badass
'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner recently opened up about pay parity and a special clause that she adds to her contracts, which proves why she has always been a badass
'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner is the talk of the town with her show coming to an end. One of the most anticipated finales, 'Game of Thrones' season 8 which will premiere on April 14, will see Sansa Stark at the height of power as the Lady of the North. She has taken over the reins of the Stark family after Jon Snow heads out to face the white walkers. Sansa's character has grown from a child who wanted to fit into the expectations of the society and be a 'lady' to wanting power, understanding politics and becoming one of the key players in the fight for the Iron Throne. Sophie in real life, however, has always stayed above stereotypes and social expectations — Be it when she got engaged at 21, or speaking out about pay disparity — only proving that she is the bomb!
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, the actor opened up about pay disparity and why it is tricky to ask for equal pay. As reported by MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), she pointed out the case of her co-actor — Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and said, "Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline. And for the last series, he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many. I was like, 'You know what... you keep that money'."
The actor also revealed that she adds an inclusion rider in all her contracts to ensure 50:50 male-female workforce. The concept of the inclusion rider was made popular by Frances McDormand's 2018 Oscars speech when she said, "I have two words for you: inclusion rider."
Actor Regina King in her 2019 acceptance speech at the Golden Globes also said that the inclusion rider would be included in all the contracts for projects that she produces. the inclusion rider does not just ensure equal male-female workforce, but also racial diversity as well.
Sansa's character arc in the HBO show is probably the only one that did a 180 degree on the kind of person she is after she goes through a rough marriage, rape, being witness to murders of her family members and so on. These experiences added to her personality and she came out of her struggles as a fighter.
On screen, Sophie's character Sansa and Maisie Willaim's character Arya Stark are not on good terms in the beginning and after six seasons, they met for the first time at the end of the seventh season. Many media reports tried to pit the two stars opposite each other, but they are the best friends and they show love for each other when they meet and on social media. She hasn't been influenced by the fame that comes with being a part of a show such as 'Game of Thrones', especially when it comes to her off-screen relationships. Who can forget when Sophie helped Maisie with her dress on the red carpet? It was heartwarming to see that rapport off screen.
Even when it comes to the fact that she got engaged to singer Joe Jonas at the age of 21, to everyone's surprise, she was clear about what she wanted. Speaking of how certain she was about Joe, she told Rolling Stone, "I think once you’ve found the right person, you just know. I feel like I’m much older a soul than I am in age. I feel like I’ve lived enough life to know. I’ve met enough guys to know — I’ve met enough girls to know. I don’t feel 22. I feel like 27, 28." She was also open about experimenting and said, "Everyone experiments. It’s part of growing up. I love a soul, not a gender."
And, of course, who can forget Sophie adopting one of the dogs that played dire wolf in the series. Zunni is no more, but Sophie adopting the dog was one of the things fans melted over and it was also the beginning of us understanding what a boss Sophie really is!