That cog-in-the-machine mentality comes with being a part of a major franchise. Game of Thrones, in which she plays noblewoman Sansa Stark, is one of those series for which the phrase “spoiler alert” might well have been coined. Everybody wants to know what’s going to happen next, yet nobody wants anyone to ruin the surprise. Of X-Men: Apocalypse, she is permitted to reveal about the same amount as she is on the super-anticipated sixth season of GoT. In other words, not much.
But the role of Jean Grey was one she desperately wanted after an intense screen test in L.A. and a two-month audition process. Turner says the battle, while anxiety-inducing, was well worth it. She had a blast during the movie’s filming in Montreal. “It’s a really young cast now, a real party cast,” she says of her co-stars, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Alexandra Shipp, and Jennifer Lawrence. “A cast coordinator organized activities for us, and so the first time we met was at a Drake concert. We bonded so much. I consider them all my new best friends.”