Game of Thrones Star Says She Got Acting Role Because She Has Millions of Social Media Followers

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Sophie Turner, best known as Sansa Stark in the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, has a lot of followers on social media. And according to Turner, producers take that kind of thing into consideration when casting different projects. In fact, Turner says that she only got a recent acting gig because she has a large presence on social media.


Turner has built up a huge audience online, with 1.35 million followers on Twitter, 5.4 million followers on Instagram, and over 2 million followers on Facebook. And according to a new interview, those numbers helped her secure a role that may have been better suited to an actress with fewer followers.

“A lot of what I have achieved is about timing and luck, but it is also, and I hate to say it, about a big social-media following,” Turner said in the latest issue of Porter magazine.

“I auditioned for a project and it was between me and another girl who is a far better actress than I am, far better, but I had the followers, so I got the job,” Turner said. “It’s not right, but it is part of the movie industry now.”

It’s not clear what acting gig Turner was talking about, but she has four unreleased films in the works, including Berlin, I Love You, Huntsville, Time Freak, and the upcoming X-Men movie where she’s reprising her role as Jean Grey.

The interview, which isn’t available online, also lays out the lessons she’s learned about how to conduct herself online. Turner explains that as a teenager (she first got the role on Games of Thrones at 14) she once wrote “rash political stuff.” But she now says that she tries to keep her “mouth shut.”


Turner is on the cover of the latest issue of Porter magazine, which is available on newsstands and as a digital-only subscription. 

Correction: I’ve just been informed that you can find the article online without a subscription. My searches for it weren’t yielding anything, probably because the text is in Flash.


[Porter magazine via The Telegraph]

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog


Isn’t that just the latest evolution of a very old Hollywood principle that the bigger star gets the role, not the better actor? All that has changed are the metrics used to measure star power. It used to be “how many covers of entertainment magazines were you on?” now its “how many Twitter followers do you have?” But the basic process is the same.