Hollywood prides social media following over acting talent – or at least that’s what Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has experienced.
The actress revealed in an interview with Porter magazine that she landed a part over a superior actress because she “had the followers”.
Turner has been in the spotlight since her teens after being cast as the ill-fated princess Sansa Stark in the hit HBO fantasy series, aged 14. It meant that she swiftly built up a considerable following on Twitter (1.34 million), Instagram (5.4 million) and Facebook (2 million), which she says helped her in auditions.
She told Porter: “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.
“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. It’s not right, but it is part of the movie industry now.”
Turner admitted that she has been encouraged to tone down her social media presence by her team in the past, after not quite realising how famous she was: “It was so gradual that I still treated my life and my social media like I wasn’t in the public eye.
“I was a 15-year-old girl writing rash political stuff that would get a negative reaction and my team would tell me to take it down. Now I am learning to keep my mouth shut.”