Evanna Lynch discusses life after “Potter” in new interview
Evanna Lynch recently sat down with Tanya Sweeney at Independent.ie to discuss her life after starring as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film franchise, including her work with UNICEF and her budding career as a yoga instructor.
Recently, Lynch traveled to the Philippines with UNICEF following the destructive Typhoon Haiyan, where she was recognized as Luna by fans there. Evanna commented on her disbelief of being recognized in such an unlikely place:
That was the really strange thing. These people were living in tin huts with no sanitation, but they had camera-phones and knew instantly what ‘Harry Potter’ was. On the trip, I wanted to learn about the country and really get my hands dirty, but I found I was having to be a celebrity. I thought to myself, ‘this is so useless’, and I felt like a bit of a bimbo, to be honest. But after a while I was like, ‘get over yourself’. These people want hope, and that’s what helps them in the long term. What they want is a voice in the world.
During the interview, she talks about her decision to start giving yoga lessons and how she feels that nourishing the mind, body, and spirit are equally important, as well as her feelings on finding new acting work post Potter:
Anyone who has been through an eating disorder needs to do something physical to give themselves peace of mind. I don’t believe in nourishing just one part of the soul or mind or body: I want to pay attention to all of them. I don’t think anyone can just be an actor. Acting jobs, when they come along, I see them as a real gift … but I needed a real person job. Acting can be very solitary, and very ‘me-me-me’. Yoga puts it all back in balance.
Lynch also discussed her shyness and self-consciousness growing up, including her struggles with an eating disorder, and how her ability to overcome her struggles brought her the opportunity to star in one of the most successful film franchises ever. Lynch’s views on religion, the Hollywood lifestyle, and even her continued correspondence with J.K. Rowling were also mentioned in the full interview here.