Evanna Lynch talks Luna Lovegood and heroes
Back in March, we reported that Evanna Lynch attended We Day California – an event aimed at youngsters who are trying to make a global change. During an interview that she gave backstage at the event, Lynch discussed topics that she feels are important to her, including her character in the Potter series and why she admired her because of “how she was odd.”
She didn’t fit in with her peers; she was bullied, but she didn’t see it as a reason to diminish. When I was young I did see myself as the weird one or the artsy one, and I did try to change it. Her character on the page was such a revelation to me. I not only thought that she was weird and made it OK, [but] I [also] thought she was the coolest character in the book because she wore it proudly.
Knowing her and her story gives me courage. It makes me want to be bold.
When asked who her real-life hero is, she replied,
Right now, it would be Malala Yousafzai. When I was her age I was focused on things that don’t matter. So the fact that she’s removed herself from the equation and sees something so much bigger that she wants to give herself to, I admire that to no end. That’s what I want to do – get out of my own way and devote myself to things I care about that aren’t about me.
It is also well known that Evanna is extremely involved with the Harry Potter Alliance, a charity that “draws moral lessons from the books to teach kids about human rights.” During the interview, the Potter actress gave her own advice to young people who are trying to find their place in the world.
I think reading is very important. That always helps me connect to myself. Reading is a place of sanctity, and you find characters that you relate to. The characters that I’ve admired in books… I think they’ve shaped me and given me courage.
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