Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Name: Evanna Lynch
Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Famous Years: 2007-Present
Currently Known For: Madness in the Method
|Networth: $4 Million||Famous For: Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter Series|
August 16, 1991
Madness in the Method
Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter Series
One thing about the “Harry Potter” series of books and films is that you can’t judge a character too quickly once they’re introduced. One of the more notable examples of this is in the case of Luna Lovegood, the quirky character that’s introduced as sort of a conspiracy theorist type that’s often unkempt and has almost the opposite appearance of Hermione. Eventually, Lovegood would become a huge asset for the main trio of characters as they vanquished Voldemort, becoming a fan favorite. Throughout the series of films, Lovegood was portrayed by actress Evanna Lynch.
Lynch was born in Termonfeckin, Ireland on August 16, 1991 with three other siblings where she had lived a normal and quiet childhood. Her father had been a principal at the school she attended while growing up, but things would change quickly in her life.
Unlike many of the main child actors that were in “Harry Potter”, Lynch came in later during the series and had actually been a huge fan of the series before it became a film adaptation. At first, she had no interest, but said that her mother had read a chapter to her brother when she was very young, and that kickstarted Lynch wanting to read the books on her own. Eventually, she became enthralled with the series.
“I was a huge fangirl,” she says after reading the original books. “I used to look on Mugglenet (a fan website) every single day, just scroll through all the news updates. I’d been following it since the early films, I’d followed all the casting announcements, and who was playing who, and I knew Luna was coming up. I’d sent a few letters to the casting agents,” but was told she wasn’t the right fit.
Then, the website that she had visited on a daily basis had announced that there was going to be an open audition for Luna Lovegood in early 2016, and Lynch was the right age, despite being told that her Irish heritage didn’t make her the right fit, initially. Thousands of other young women would audition for the role, and she received a call in just a couple of weeks that brought her back for a screen test, and was then informed she landed the role that she had been dreaming about for years.
It wasn’t easy for Lynch when she first arrived to the set to fit in. “It took me a while to feel like I was cool enough to be friends with (the other actors),” she said. “I had a chaperone. Everyone else had their parents, and their parents would let them be, but I had this crazy, strict chaperone. She was not allowed to let me out of her sight for all the time she was supervising me, so she didn’t...I always felt embarrassed.”
Thankfully, things would end up working out as Lynch became more comfortable on set and developed a good rapport with her castmates. Lynch made her debut as Luna Lovegood in 2007 with “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, and would reprise the role for the final three films of the series.
Once the final installation of the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2” had wrapped up filming, Lynch looked for roles outside of the Potter-verse for the first time in her career. The debut role would come on television in the form of an episode of “Sinbad” where Lynch played Alehna. The next year, she would appear on the pilot episode of “Apex” (which was not picked up) and was in the film “GBF”.
Since then, Lynch has appeared in a handful of films, earning herself the role of the titular character in the 2015 film “My Name is Emily”. The film received high praise from critics as an independent film, and gave Lynch her first lead role. “It was such a great part,” she said of the role. “I’ve not had that many parts where you read it and it feels like they’re words that would come out of your mouth. It’s just so natural...With her, I knew what she was saying - it was just in me or something.”
Lynch has also kept herself busy on stage, including appearing in a 2012 “Harry Potter” play called “A Very Potter Senior Year” where she reprised her Lovegood role. She’s also played Bess Houdini on stage, and was Sinead in the 2017-18 production of “Disco Pigs” on London’s West End and in the United States Off-Broadway. Lynch is adding another film to her resume, as well, with a role in “Madness in the Method” directed by Jason Mewes of “Jay and Silent Bob” fame.
Lynch still looks back on her time in the “Harry Potter” universe as a life changing experience, and has a connection with the fans of the books and movies to this day. “They’re just such nice people,” she said of the fans. “I feel like they love this world for all the right reasons, because they relate to these people, and they find solace in these characters, and I understand that...Every time I opened the books, there was some character in there who understood what I was going through and made it seem OK, especially in Luna, but in all the characters.”