21-year-old Sophie Turner, who most people know as Sansa Stark on the HBO series Game of Thrones, recently did an interview along with a cover shoot for Net-A-Porter in which she revealed that she once got cast for a part not because she was the best actress for the job, but because she has millions of followers on social media.
With, as of this writing, 1.37 million followers on Twitter, almost 2.1 million on Facebook and another 5.4 million followers on Instagram, Turner admitted that it was those numbers that landed her a role over an actress with less followers, but who, according to her, has more talent.
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.
Talk about your 21st century way of doing things.
Turner also revealed that she has learned to be more careful with what she posts online. Smart.
It was 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.
And speaking of famous actresses admitting to secrets (gasp!) of how they’ve used social media to their advantage, Elizabeth Olsen shared something with the Los Angeles Times that you literally almost never hear from anyone in Hollywood.
“I decided to join [Instagram] because I realized I was only taking something away from myself. It’s so funny that people like to pretend that they’re maybe or maybe not getting paid to post something. Financially, it’s a brilliant opportunity. Like, I’d really love to be a brand ambassador. I’d love to do a campaign. I think sometimes working with brands or different cosmetic companies — that can help people recognize your face and then they go see your movies. I was only hurting my opportunities by not participating.”
You mean all of these celebrities are using social media to make money?!?! No kidding, they are. At least it’s nice to finally hear someone admit it though.