Why This 'Game Of Thrones' Star Says Marriage Won't Be Her Greatest Achievement

"It’s lovely to be engaged. Not like I achieved anything."

If you think Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner's engagement to Joe Jonas is an achievement, think again. The 22-year-old actress recently shared some wise words with Marie Claire distinguishing between how she thinks of her career and her romantic life.

She told the magazine that being engaged still amazes her. "I'm still like, Holy sh*t! I'm engaged," the actress shared. Turner announced her engagement to 28-year-old Jonas, current member of the band DNCE, on Instagram in October. "I said yes," she wrote to caption an image of her engagement ring.

However, as happy as she is to be getting married, it's not the same feeling she gets from her career achievements. "There's this weird misconception that being married is the greatest thing that'll ever happen to you," Turner said. "But I've always found that my career is something I work for, and when I achieve something, there's a sense that this is the greatest thing I'll do in my life."

"It's lovely to be engaged," she clarified. "Not like I achieved anything, but I found my person, like I'd find a house that I love and want to stay in forever. There's a sense of peace that comes with finding your person. But there's a drive that comes with your career."

Both her relationship and her career are clearly important to Turner, and her comments are an important reminder that one doesn't have to supersede the other. That's an especially important message to send to young women who may be wondering how to balance their career aspirations with their love life.

It's not Turner's first feminist moment. Following controversy over the rape of her character Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, the actress traveled with Women for Women International to Rwanda, where she met with women who survived the genocide of 1994. "I'm actually glad there was such an uproar, because there was a discussion, and that discussion is so important," she shared at the time.

Turner has also been outspoken about the treatment of child actors, having started on Game of Thrones when she was only 15. Last November, she defended the young stars of Stranger Things against fan backlash on Twitter, reminding those reading that "they are kids first."

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