Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch’s casting in the franchise’s fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is often cited as a feel-good fun fact to fans.
But when she went on-set for the first time, it may have done her more harm than good.
Speaking to Us Weekly, Lynch said she was overwhelmed and “intimidated” meeting fellow co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who played Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley respectively.
“[Watson] was always so nice to me and made an effort to get to know me and make me feel at home, which was a huge deal coming from her,” Lynch said.
“And because I was such a big Harry Potter fan, I was very nervous around those three and intimidated by them.
“And I used to be in the car on the way to set, kind of rehearsing conversations I’d have with them. And obviously, the conversations never worked out like that. I was so nervous. So, I just remember her being really kind and making a lot of effort to make me feel at home.”
Prior to playing the eccentric Luna Lovegood, Lynch, now 29, battled an eating disorder when she was 11 or 12.
She has been vocal about how the Harry Potter series got her through treatment, and about how when she was in hospital, she became pen pals with author JK Rowling, who encouraged her recovery.
Lynch later discovered the open casting call for Luna Lovegood in January 2006, and landed the part after an audition.
Lynch says she formed a special bond with Radcliffe when they were filming scenes with ‘Thestrals’ in a forest together.
“I really liked the scene in the woods with the [Thestrals] because that was one of my first ones and it was on location. So it was big and sort of an adventure. And we were all in this very peaceful, beautiful woods together. And it’s just a quiet moment between the characters,” Lynch said.
“And I think up until that point, Harry’s been sort of seeing her as this odd [person] to avoid. And then they have this moment and I think he sees, ‘Oh, there’s more to her. She has all this depth. And she’s actually been through some quite well, very sad things in her life.’ And that’s when their relationship and their friendship develops. I love that scene.”
Lynch said her and the ‘Golden Trio’ as well as the wider ensemble cast eventually became friends on the set of the epic eight-film franchise, but Radcliffe, Watson and Grint had their own special bond as they were the ones most in front of the camera.
“The thing is they were always working every day on set. The rest of us, we’d have breaks and we’d be off getting to know each other and playing games and stuff.”
The eighth and final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, aired in 2011.
Lynch has starred sporadically in films and television shows since, with her latest role being Abbie Fox in Madness in the Method (2019).
She also co-founded vegan and cruelty-free make-up and beauty care box Kinder Beauty Box with actress Daniella Monet in 2018.
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