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Evanna Lynch - Luna Lovegood Goes Vegan


Evanna Lynch is an Irish actress and activist best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the globally acclaimed Harry Potter film series. Evanna’s journey from being a devoted fan of the series to gracing the silver screen as one of its beloved characters is a tale of passion, talent, and a touch of magic.

In this episode of London Real Evanna joins Brian Rose in the studio to discuss her career, from being cast in the Harry Potter series to life beyond Hogwarts, including her activism and becoming a voice for the voiceless.

Evanna Lynch’s story begins with her deep-rooted love for J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. A fervent Potterhead, Lynch’s life took a magical turn when she began participating in online Harry Potter forums. Her enthusiasm caught the attention of Rowling herself, leading to a series of correspondences between the two. Rowling’s encouragement ignited a spark in Lynch, motivating her to pursue her dreams.

Evanna Lynch’s life changed forever when the opportunity to audition for the role of Luna Lovegood arose. Her deep connection to the character, coupled with her natural charm and ethereal quality, resonated with the casting directors. Lynch’s authenticity and genuine love for the source material made her the perfect embodiment of Luna.

In 2007, she made her debut as Luna Lovegood in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Her portrayal of the whimsical and eccentric character garnered widespread acclaim, and she reprised the role in subsequent films, including “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and the two-part finale, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Luna Lovegood quickly became an iconic character in the Harry Potter universe, known for her dreamy demeanour, quirky fashion sense, and unwavering loyalty to her friends. Evanna Lynch’s nuanced performance brought Luna to life, endearing her to fans worldwide. The character’s impact extends beyond the screen, with Luna being celebrated for her uniqueness and acceptance of others.

While Luna Lovegood remains a cherished part of Evanna Lynch’s legacy, her career extends far beyond the hallowed halls of Hogwarts. Post-Harry Potter, Lynch diversified her portfolio, taking on roles in film, television, and stage productions. Notable works include the indie film “G.B.F.” and the West End play “Disco Pigs.”

In addition to her acting career, Evanna Lynch has become a passionate advocate for animal rights and mental health. She co-founded the cruelty-free beauty subscription box “Kinder Beauty Box” and has been an ambassador for various organisations dedicated to animal welfare.

Lynch is also an outspoken mental health advocate, sharing her personal experiences to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Her authenticity and openness have resonated with fans, inspiring conversations about self-love, acceptance, and seeking help when needed.

Evanna Lynch’s journey serves as an inspiration for embracing one’s quirks and individuality. Luna Lovegood, a character unapologetically herself, mirrored Lynch’s approach to life. The actress encourages fans to embrace their uniqueness, fostering a sense of self-acceptance and authenticity.

As Evanna Lynch continues to evolve in her career and advocacy work, the magic of her journey persists. From a devoted fan of Harry Potter to an influential actress and activist, Lynch has left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who appreciate her talent, kindness, and dedication to making the world a better place.

Evanna Lynch’s story is one of transformation, passion, and using one’s platform for positive change. From her enchanted beginnings in the world of Harry Potter to her current roles as an actress, advocate, and voice for the voiceless, Lynch’s journey is a testament to the enduring magic that can be found when one follows their dreams with authenticity and purpose.


00:00 | Trailer
02:51 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
05:27 Brian’s introduction
05;58 The scariness of being a newbie podcaster
07:29 Growing up in Ireland, the positive and not so positive influences
16:24 Evanna always wished to be the centre of a story, but with no thought of acting
18:14 How the acting began and helped her to overcome her insecurities
21:45 Evanna’s insight into what it is to suffer from anorexia nervosa and the reason it affected her
27:48 Parental support for her desire to get into acting
29:34 A huge fan of the Harry Potter books she wrote to the author J K Rowling
31:58 The amazing way Evanna’s life evolved to be playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films
34:04 The day of the audition for Luna Lovegood role
40:11 Evanna loved acting the part, but then had to deal with the publicity and returning to school
44:03 What she learned from being in the films over a five-year period
46:26 How she thinks her parent’s trust and freedom to make her own choices has helped her
48:41 Her best and worst memories of the Harry Potter part of her life
51:48 Why she thinks the Harry Potter stories were so popular
52:50 Going to Los Angeles for five years and what it is like there
59:39 What she may do in the future
1:00:16 Returning to London and how the acting world differs from Los Angeles
1:01:28 Transitioning to the stage from films
1:04:15 Working with Simon Fitzmaurice on My Name is Emily
1:10:04 Why she has turned to veganism and started podcasting on the Chickpeeps
1:23:26 Who and why she thinks of this person as successful
1:25:00 Thought provoking and insightful reply to question on what keeps her awake at night
1:31:24 What super power Evanna has, to help her get things done
1:32:21 What scares Evanna
1:32:55 What we would be surprised to learn about Evanna
1:35:30 Most influential person in her life
1:36:47 Evanna’s mature perspective on the divisive attitudes in the world today including towards Donald Trump,1:41:23 Phone call to the fifteen-year old Evanna
1:43:20 Success secrets
1:44:22 Advice for young actors
1:46:16 Releasing emotions through movement practises
1:48:40 The art of listening
1:49:36 “I don’t work this hard to stay the same
“1:50:49 Brian’s summing up.


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