Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark, has penned a personal essay on her trip to Rwanda. She was there to aid the efforts of Women for Women International, a U.K. nonprofit geared toward “women survivors of conflict.” What sets her essay about service apart from other celebrity charity-work stories is that hers is linked to a single scene from her day job. According to Turner, the trip’s genesis was the sexual-assault story line that Sansa Stark endured.
“My active interest in women’s rights and the fight against domestic violence only really became acute after one of my scenes from Season 5 of Game of Thrones aired,” she wrote. “It was a scene in which my character—a 15-year-old hostage—was raped by her captor. There was a huge response and not a particularly positive one: People were boycotting the show, multiple articles were being produced online, and it was a trending topic on Twitter.”