Sophie Turner on how Game of Thrones (and a meme) won her the X-Men gig as the new Jean Grey

With a key role on HBO’s monster hit Game of Thrones, young actress Sophie Turner was already doing pretty well. But here’s how the fantasy series helped her score a role in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Turner, best known to Thrones fans as Sansa Stark, recently signed on for a role in X-Men: Apocalypse as the young version of X-Men team member Jean Grey, previously played by Famke Janseen in the original trilogy of X-Men films (plus a few other cameos). According to Turner, we can apparently thank the hilariously awesome “Dark Sansa” meme for scoring her the gig.

Sci-Fi, Fantasy

In an interview with IGN, Turner said she believes the darkness she was able to show on the HBO series convinced casting directors that she could definitely handle a character who eventually flips out and turns into the ultra-powerful (and super-dark) Phoenix:

“I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa. Maybe they’re thinking, ‘Oh, Phoenix, Jean Grey.’ I definitely see a lot of parallels in there. [Jean] struggles with her power… and not being accepted in the human world. I think in terms of [Game of Thrones], that’s kind of the way Sansa felt in that she really wanted to be a normal princess/queen and live a normal life — and she doesn’t, because of all this havoc happens. I think Jean, in a way, feels that.

I think Famke played Jean incredibly well, but also, I’m playing a younger version of her. I want to emulate Famke in a sense, because she has to seem like the Jean in the first two movies, but I’m also going to put my own twist on her. I think I’m also going to take inspiration from the comics. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

For a young woman of just 18 years old, Turner seems to have an excellent grasp of what makes Jean Grey tick — and now we’re more excited than ever to see her make the role her own. What do you think? Was she a good choice?


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