Sophie Turner, the actress best known for playing Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, has revealed how the show taught her about oral sex.
The 21-year-old actress was only 12 when she auditioned for her Game of Thrones role, and 15 when HBO premiered its epic fantasy show for the first time.
During a recent interview with The London Times, Turner admits she learned what oral sex was from the show's script.
"The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the (Game of Thrones) script," she said. "I was 13. I said, ‘Wow! People do that? That's fascinating.' I'd be doing a read-through (of the script) and we'd be talking about very graphic stuff. I guess that was my sex education. Being on Game of Thrones."
In Game of Thrones Season 5 that aired in 2015, Turner's character was brutally raped in one of the show's most controversial scenes, but she's disappointed at how some viewers reacted.
"Sexual assault wasn't something that had affected me or anybody I knew, so I was pretty blase about the whole thing (ahead of filming), naively so," she said.
Sophie thinks the show's writers were right to include the scene because it helped her learn more about the subject.
"The more we talk about sexual assault the better, and screw the people who are saying we shouldn't be putting this on TV and screw the people who are saying they're going to boycott the show because of it," she explained.
"This sort of thing used to happen and it continues to happen now, and if we treat it as such a taboo and precious subject, then how are people going to have the strength to come out and feel comfortable saying that this has happened to them?"
Game of Thrones Season will premiere on July 16, 2017, Sunday on HBO