An Irish woman who was the body double for Sophie Turner on Game of Thrones has revealed how she is regularly mistaken for the star of the hit show.
Laura Butler, 22, from Co Laois, said her long red hair, blue eyes, and facial features has had her often confused for Turner, even by cast and crew on the GOT set.
Butler, who signed up with an extras agency and got cast as a stand-in on the show’s final season, said her costume measurements were so close to Sophie Turner’s, that she was also able to work as her scene double during the season.
The similarities between the two young women are so uncanny that Butler has been asked numerous times for her autograph by fans and Turner’s husband Joe Jonas once even mistook her for his wife, reports The Irish Mirror.
Said Butler: “In pictures I suppose I see the resemblance, but when I’m standing next to her or looking at her directly I don’t see it.
“I think it’s more the character than Sophie herself, if that makes sense. I’m not sure if it’s the hair color. But she even said herself, ‘oh, this is a bit weird.’
“A few of my friends said things to me throughout school. I had seen pictures of her but I didn’t think I looked anything like her then. Personally I didn’t see it but they did.
“I don’t think I ever actually saw it until I met her but I don’t think it has really affected me as we’re obviously two different people living completely different lives.
“The first day I met her was her first day back on set. It was just brief because there was a lot of work to do. It was a quick hello and saying how strange it was because of how alike we looked.
“As we went on we chatted a bit more and I got to know her a bit more. She was always really friendly and really nice and chatty to me.
“At the start it was a quick hello and I think she was in shock a little bit as well.
“A lot of the people working behind the scenes did a double-take at me and joked that I even walk like her.
“It was maybe things I wouldn’t pick up or notice in her but other people were noticing in me. It was strange.
“There was another time when I was on set and Maisie Williams came on and looked at me and then looked at Sophie and was shocked at how similar and alike we were.
“There were a few articles which went around a while ago about Joe Jonas having mistaken Sophie’s double on Game of Thrones but he was on set quite a few times.
“I have said hello to him in passing and that was about it, for professional reasons, of course. I think those articles were about me.
“She mentioned how similar her Game of Thrones double was, which I presume was me.
“It was then that she went on to say that Joe Jonas mistook me for her on set one day, which I thought was really funny because I didn’t realize that until I had read it.
“My first day on set was Sophie’s first day back too, and a lot of people were like I haven’t seen you in a long time and the breakfast tent that we used was the same as the cast and production tent.
“Someone came over and said, ‘congratulations on your engagement’ and I was like, ‘sorry?.’ They didn’t realize.”
Butler, who is an economics and sociology student in college, said she considered going into acting, but after being bombarded for autographs by fans thinking she was Turner, she has reconsidered, reports The Daily Mail.
She said: “I’ve been stopped by strangers on the street a few times.
“I was in Disneyland two years ago before I even worked on Game of Thrones and I was with some friends.
“I wasn’t paying much attention to anyone else but they kept saying, ‘Laura, people are staring at you.’
“We got off one of the roller coasters and there was a family and the dad waited for me until I got off to ask me if I was her. I said I wasn’t, but a few people took pictures of me.
“I just thought it was quite funny and it didn’t bother me at all.
“Even when we were filming in Seville fans were aware the cast was there so a few people came over if myself and the other stand-ins were going to get food because we all look so like the cast.
“For that week [the attention] was so constant I do feel really sorry for the cast in a way. They obviously have amazing lives but no privacy, so I do see how hard it must be for them.
“If anything it’s just an amazing compliment and has lead to such unbelievable opportunities for me.
“It has changed my life in a way, for being able to work on Game of Thrones for so long and having met such incredible and talented people who worked on there and even being good friends with the other stand-ins as well.”