‘Harry Potter’: Luna Lovegood actress says she was born for the loopy role

Dec. 02, 2010 | 4:22 p.m.

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I." (Warner Bros.)

Always sunny and usually daft, Luna Lovegood seems awed by the world around her in “Harry Potter.” It’s a comfortable mode for Evanna Lynch, the young actress who has portrayed Luna in the film series and has been called the “perfect” choice by author J.K. Rowling.

“I just felt that if anyone was to play her, it should be me,” Lynch said. “It was like studying for a math exam. I studied to be her. I really, really like her. I think that parts of me are like [Luna], but I am different. I had to be in the audition. I said ‘I know that you may have ideas of who Luna is, but here is how I see her.’ “

Lynch spoke after visiting Tokyo, one of her favorite places on this “Potter” ride of promotion and premieres “because it’s so different.” Lynch’s Luna doesn’t have a huge role in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” but has always been a favorite. Lynch has seen the overwhelming reaction from fans, and she often muses about how her character might handle all of the publicity that she has been getting.

Evanna Lynch at the London premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I."

“She wouldn’t avoid it. She rather likes talking to people. But I think that she would find it alarming — all these people shouting her name.”

Lynch herself has changed and learned to deal with the “Potter” phenom that has engulfed her. Before being cast as Luna, Lynch was part of the hysteria as a super-fan. Painted face and nails, homemade T-shirts, and trips to numerous locales just to celebrate Pottermania were a part of her pre-movie life. “I started reading the books when I was about 8 and didn’t get cast until I was 14. One of the producers came to my house and saw all of the posters on the wall and said that I had her life up on that wall.”

In “Deathly Hallows,” Luna’s famously positive attitude and demeanor is tested, but she remains steadfast in her optimism and detached calmness even while  imprisoned  in the dungeon-like gloom of the Malfoy Mansion basement.  “I don’t think Luna changes. The thing about her is that she’s so relaxed about herself. She has to be a bit more serious than normal [in "Deathly Hallows"] and has to accept that times are dark. She always sees the positive and has a spirituality about herself. She doesn’t think that death is the end.”

– Jevon Phillips

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47 Responses to ‘Harry Potter’: Luna Lovegood actress says she was born for the loopy role

  1. David says:

    Great interview. Evanna is so amazing. She's wonderful as Luna

  2. Unnoticed Guest says:

    Most natural and diffrent soul which I ever seen

  3. Mellina Allison says:

    HEY I THINK THIS GAL PLAYIN" MRS.LOVEGOOD IS GREAT YOU GO GIRL

  4. Mera says:

    Agreee, I like Luna (she should be with Harry than Ginny. They share the same character) and Evanna is the perfect choice as Luna.

  5. teacherdan0723 says:

    Evanna has done something that is rare for actors…she has made the viewer TOTALLY FORGET that this is an actor playing a part. When watching the others, you sometimes think that "oh, yeah, that's Daniel Radcliffe…" Not with Luna.

    • shannon says:

      i totally agree with luna but with harry i dont see him as daniel, i see him as harry. honestly i think everyone does a great job portraying their character's in all the movies

  6. Sam says:

    Evanna is a very insightful young woman. I look forward to seeing her in other films!

  7. ronny duran says:

    lo mejor de lo mejor harri potter

  8. kavin says:

    is evanna on facebook?

  9. Mary says:

    I love Evanna! And I love Luna! Evanna is a fan's dream come true; she plays Luna perfectly. Jo had it right; she was the perfect choice

  10. Ashley says:

    I just love her as Luna. I feel like they picked the perfect person to play her role. =)

  11. qiana says:

    Agreed. She really is the perfect person for the role!

  12. aishwary says:

    i just like you

  13. jeremy says:

    luna luks amazing in the muvie….jus love d way she toks

  14. Mayuresh says:

    Evanna Plays Very Strong Role. I Thing She Is Rising Hollywood Female Star. Also She Deserves It….

  15. Pravin says:

    I would say that she is the apt pick of all..

  16. muhammad says:

    that's a very good film

  17. Marie says:

    I immediately loved her when she first appeared in HP. So sweet and charming! But I was hoping for more information in this piece. A friend and I could not decided if she was a Brit or Irish playing American or was in fact American. Obviously her accent stood out as American sounding. Answer please!

  18. eduardo usnayo says:

    Evanna is a beatiful person…… also, she is a good actreess……1000points….

    toluca-mexico

  19. nona nita says:

    i like it <3 you HP7

  20. simon says:

    first and fore most shes so cute and beautiful, secondly i think she has the attitude i give all my credits!

  21. ada-book says:

    She's indeed a superfan, i first read about her in an article where a girl confined in a hospital begged to be able to go to the book launching of OOTP, then years later she was cast as Luna! I love Evanna Lynch!! she lived/living a potter fan's dream!

  22. mereim says:

    bon j'ai pas vue le film mais je pense que harry est tjrs le meilleur

  23. umair says:

    i just like your character

  24. mahammed_ibrahim says:

    i like your character
    mohammed from egypt

  25. Marissa says:

    You go girl! you're the perfect Luna!

  26. monica hdz.eliserio says:

    desde que salio tu personaje en la pelicula me encanta tu caracterizaciòn

  27. PERSON says:

    Yeah she's great…I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN HER….AND I"M VERY PICKY!

  28. Michael says:

    Love Luna….she's weird but awesome…weird ppl are cooooolllll!!!!!!

    Belize City, Belize

  29. Michael says:

    Luna/Evanna should have be featured more often.

  30. Jules says:

    When I saw the movie OotP, i couldn't believe how well casted Luna was, Evanna really was flawless as Luna, exactly as I imagined her too!!!

  31. her confident lead her to success..

  32. Ankit says:

    Luna U are So sexy….!!! <3

  33. april garcia says:

    I really love Luna Lovegood in the first place! she's really fit to the role given to her..even though this will be the last time that I will see them, I will still love them! more powers to come! ;)

  34. Andy says:

    i must admit when i saw her in the new film at Fleur and Bill's wedding I thought… WOW!!!

  35. conrad andrew says:

    i really like her … maybe i shall say im obsess the way she act and for me shes beautiful… not just pretty but beautiful as it is ^_^

  36. javier says:

    yo n la vi pero dicen q esta muy buena y no lo terminen porque es historia

  37. OwlSky says:

    What really makes me smile, is that there has not been a single post dissing Evanna off. She is just so perfect for the role. I don't think it's even possible to hate her. Knock on wood. (: You keep it up, love!

  38. serdaigle says:

    the thing about luna is that she doesnt need to change…she appears as an "oddity" but i for one would love to be able to just be myself and not care about what others think

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