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Interview: Daily Mail

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Stars of Harry Potter have described the on-set atmosphere as ‘electric’, as back-to-back filming for the final two installments continues.

‘You wouldn’t be able to tell it was the last in the series because the atmosphere is electric – everybody is having such a great time,’ said Evanna Lynch, who plays eccentric Hogworts student Luna Lovegood.

She was joined by Matthew Lewis, who plays Harry’s friend Neville Longbottom, at the launch of a competition that offers a role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter goes electric: Matthew Lewis (AKA Neville Longbottom) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) at the launch of a new competition

The pair yesterday released 1,000 black balloons from the London’s Millennium bridge – which appears in the opening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Each balloon has a ticket that entitles the holder to enter a draw – the prize being a cameo appearance in the final film, as a moving portrait in Hogwarts.

Matthew Lewis told the BBC:’The winner will be able to see all the stuff behind the scenes. People always assume the bigger sets are all computer-generated, but a lot of them are actually there.’

However, In a move set to devastate legions of young Potterites, the competition is only open to people over the age of 18.

The duo released 1,000 black balloons over Millenium Bridge

‘Obviously we started off as primarily a kids’ film and it’s a shame that it’s over 18s, but we’ve got a massive demographic now,’ said Matthew.

‘The films are accessible to all ages. There’s a lot of people now that can really get into the films and are really going to enjoy this prize.’

According to Evanna, filming is now halfway done – but they have yet to shoot the climactic battle for Hogwarts that ends the series.

‘The big stuff is still to come. I like that because if it’s all at the start it’s a bit of an anti-climax, but they’re keeping that bit until the end,’ she said.

Source: Daily Mail

Translation: Opinion de Malaga

Monday, August 31st, 2009

She looks shy, and she really is. She acknowledges the fact that it was being a true Harry Potter fan that saw her dream come true after being cast to play the role of Luna Lovegood in the series. “I would have settled for any other role, but I’ve always identified myself with Luna” she declares in an interview.

How was your experience as you was incorporated into the cast?
When I got to the set everyone there were my idols. The movies were already a success. I felt I was with the ‘créme de la créme’ Only having the opportunity to meet Daniel Radcliffe was the best, and it took me a long time to see myself as part of the cast, I felt like a fan. The words didn’t come out when I was with them, I couldn’t be natural. I felt that I had to show everyone what I was worth. I was a fan and suddenly I had to act as if I’ve been with them from the very beginning. But they made things easy for me, they were all very nice with me so I got used to it without much difficulty

What do you have in common with Luna Lovegood?
We’re both open minded, we like to elaborate our own opinions on matters without anyone influencing us. What separates us is that I have my feet planted on the ground. I’d never say I was her because that would mean I’d stop growing. I don’t think she’s in a fantasy world, but her own. Where we should all be.

Luna and Harry with their differences, have a special connection.
It gives the impression that Luna us crazy, but she has a good intuition and see things from an objective point of view. Harry needs her because he’s too distracted by the world, and sees what she doesn’t care that he’s the chosen one. Luna’s very sincere and contributes to Harry clairvoyancy.

If you could make a potion, what would it be?
Definitely Felix Felicis, find the happiness without anyone taking it from you. I love that feeling when you believe in yourself. It’s like when Ron believes he’s drunk the potion. Maybe there’s nothing in Felix Felicis, the secret could be in that it gives you the confidence to do what you want.

There’s a rumour that Rhys Ifans could be cast as Luna’s father, Xenophilius, in the next film.
He’s brilliant. I’ve dared my own father to show up to the casting because he even looks like him, but I don’t think he could act on-screen simply because of how he is. Rhys Ifans is perfect, and very sweet. He was filming one day for the next films and I was on set for rehearsals. We don’t have many scenes together so we don’t see each other often. When he saw me he was wearing his bathrobe and crazy hair, he hugged me and said “I’ve missed you”. He’s charming.

Source: Opinion de Malaga

Translation: Diariosur Espana

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Evanna Lynch read the first ‘Harry Potter’ novel when she was eight years old. Since then, she became a huge fan of the saga. She loved it so much, she saw herself as the only person capable of portraying the character Luna Lovegood – so much so that she wrote to J. K. Rowling and shipped of a video to Warner Bros. They were convinced, and Evanna became the chosen girl, out of 15,000, to play the role. Now, at 17, this Irish admirer of Tim Burton and hardened, has been given a taste of where acting can take her.

Should you not be with your friends, speaking about boys?
I have two seperated lives – it doesn’t happen like it does in the books. There are times when I am at home and I live a normal life.

You seem to be a very mature young lady …
Experience makes you mature. I spent a year in London filming, without my family and that influenced on me.

You’re still a big fan – which habitat acts as your ’sanctuary’?
I painted my room orange and I wrote my favourite quotes.

Does your success owe to any school of talents that you studied at?
I do not believe that [her success] can be placed in anyplace in particular. I center myself very much on who I am and realise what is necessary to support a healthy balance between reputation and reality. I try to be a normal person.

You seem it.
At least, I am with Luna. I said to the producers: you are going to interview many girls and it will be difficuialt to decide, but I identify perfectly with Luna. If you don’t choose me, you don’t know Luna very well.

Do you believe in magic?
Certainly. I like to consult tarot cards and have oracles consult me. For me it works, and allows me to face certain situations.

You’ve done two movies …
Yes, and sometimes I have the sensation that I have imagined everything, especially because I come from a village in Irland and when I return to school, I am with my friends as if it had not happened at all.

And has it given you a taste for acting?
Since I was small, I have done functions with friends, but I never thought about it as a career, as an actress, because I associated the work with something more dificult. Now I have seen that is is hard, but I think I’ll try it.

Some challenge in particular?
It is difficult to think which is going to be the following step, but I need to tackle a more important role. In this one I have not had to strain very much. Everything has gone so fast.

Source: Diariosur Espana

Translation: Ultima Hora

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The actress Evanna Lynch, who personifies Luna Lovegood in the ‘Harry Potter’ movie saga, travelled to Palm to present the movie. After winning the role of Luna out of 15,000 applicants, Evanna Lynch made her debut as an actress interpreting the character of Luna Lovegood in the ‘Harry Potter’ saga. Yesterday, during a presentation of the new movie, ‘Half Blood Prince’, she answered our questions.

How was your integration into the ‘Harry Potter’ team?
I was different from the rest of the actors. In school, I’d done drama, but it was more like a hobby – not progessionally. Only one week, after casting, I met the actors. The whole set was very nice and noboty made me feel out of place, ever. My first session was something incredible – to see Daniel there, so close, and then the rest of the cast was very nice. It took me a while to feel natural around them. I was simply one more fan and I had the sensation that I had to do something more to give me the position of an ‘actor’.

Are you still a big fan of ‘Harry Potter’?
Yes, I am still a big fan, I keep on reading the books and I love it, but now it’s different. Earlier, Harry Potter was one of these things that was almost going so far as to define me as a person, but now, I cannot do it for the simple fact that this saga cannot be all my life – sometimes I need to flee this, because in this type of life you meet many fans and the whole world is good to you. So when I return to my house with my friends, I do not want to speak abut Harry Potter – I just want to have a conversation on any other topic.

What feeling does it have on you on receiving fans?
Soemtimes, it keep on seeming to me rare to sign autographs. Some people act in a very emotive way, for example, a girl after a photo is taken away from me and exploded in tears of emotion. On having seen this, I felt very odd, because I had liked that I was known to act on the ‘Harry Potter’ project, but that I am als a fan. Perhaps, for the people who are centered on becoming an actor or a professional actress, they see it from another perspective, but for me, since I was a fan I know that I am not a star of the cinema, but simply a person.

How does the character of Luna act?
In this movie, she is there to help Harry – she is very enthusiastic and she understands the people. Also, I have the feeling that her mind is very active and many things happen to her. On the other hand, Luna is a character who is always there, and sometimes, she cannot enjoy life – that shows another aspect of her character. David [the director of the film] prefers teaching more this side, then the same old one.

Source: Ultima Hora

Translation: Diario de Mallorca

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The magic of ‘Harry Potter’ does not happen only on the big screen. It was demonstrated yesterday by one of the main protagonists, Evanna Lynch, who gives life to the young character, Luna Lovegood. “On entry, she was my favourite character. Harry saw Launa as different, more mature than the others and very entertaining,” said the actress, during her visit to the spectators of the movie in Ocimax, who all waited for an autograph or photograph with her in the Festival Park.

The 17-year-old Irish young woman was chosen from 15,000 applicants to play one of Harry’s partners from Hogwarts. “In two weeks, I went from a simple fan to an actor,” said Lynch, so nice and shy – she was quite overwhelmed on her first day of shooting. “Those young people were my idols, so there was the impression that I was a simple fan between real actors,” confessed Lynch, who is employed from February in the last movie, where she receives a more leading role.

We get onto the subject of Luna, Evanna corrected the notion of Luna being seen as crazy. “Growing up, we all try to hide something,” she complains, “and we try not to fall into temptation. I’m not trying to cause a rift between me and what other people think, because it is neither possible to change other’s opinions and they mustn’t change yours.”

Her first approach at reading the Potter books was thanks to her mother. “I have always like reading, and she wanted me to read more mature books, so she bought one of the Harry Potter books. I did not want to read the books, but she read a chapter to my brother and I remained hooked,” assures Lynch. “I was eight years old. Since then, my love for these books has grown,” pointed out Lynch, who assures that the fame has only changed her life a little, and for good.

“I had never visited so many countries: it’s madness!” she admits. Also, her studies have also been affected, and is now provided with a tutor to whom she dedicates three hours daily. “It costs a lot, because in a moment you return with a broom to study history,” jokes Lynch, “but when I return to my house – in a small town – all is usual again. Although from now on I will miss the climate of Ireland. I hope to take it with me,” she said yesterday evening.

Source: Diario de Mallorca

Interview: ELF.com’s Exclusive Interview

Monday, August 31st, 2009

What type of music do you listen to? Do you have any favourite bands or genres?
I have a very varied and alternative taste in music! My friends have voted me ‘worst taste in music’ on facebook actually! I thoroughly disagree. Michael Jackson is my ultimate favourite musician and man. I only discovered him about 2-3 years ago and since then my love and fascination with him and his music has grown considerably. I love his music and personal style, especially his dance and I mostly only want to listen to him. They make me happy and feel uplifted and are the best tracks to dance to. But mostly he is my favourite musician because he used his immense talent to channel important messages to help change the world. The messages in his songs are so strong and direct that when you listen to them you have to hear them, Like Man in the Mirror, Earth Song, History, We’ve Had Enough. I love that philosophy of questioning yourself and the world, transforming yourself and believing that one can make a difference in order to make a difference. You have to live in today and make the most of your chance on earth by enhancing your life and as many others’ lives as possible. So many people are passive and think it’s for someone else to do but his message was to stop existing and start living’ because we all have that power in us and yet it must be a joint effort. He’s inspiring on so many levels. I was extremely sad after his passing and feel I miss him very much despite never having met him. But his music and message will never die because he moved the kind of people who are determined to let it live on. Another band I love is AIR. I listen to them when I want to dream or think. Their music is just beautiful, and the lyrics simple, yet so deep. makes you feel far apart from reality. So nice. I also love Aqualung, Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor, Coco Rosie, Jean Michel Jarre, Ella Fitzgerald, Radiohead (only sometimes though, they need to cheer up a bit!) wizard rock (kinda inevitable though), Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, No Doubt…blah blah blah. I listen to soundtracks from movies and my favourite musicals too, especially Rent. Britney Spears too, rather adversely, I love her music and admire her a lot, I think she’s a brilliant performer and a cool person.

What are some of the quotes on your bedroom walls?
Only the best! The ones that have really affected me. There’s ‘To the well organised mind death is but the next great adventure’, ‘it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live’, ‘I am not worried Harry, I am with you’, ‘Dumbledores (wo)man through and through’, ‘Give her hell from us, Peeves’, ‘Did I tell you I’ve invented a broomstick that’ll reach Jupiter’, ‘Don’t worry you’re just as sane as I am’, ‘I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny, he’s got style’, ‘NEVER-INSULT-ALBUS-DUMBLEDORE-IN-FRONT-OF-ME!’. Bit of a Dumbledorist need I mention? I am tired of my room though. It gives me a headache and as you can see it was designed before the beauty and perfection of Deathly Hallows graced our lives! I’m going to give it a makeover any day now. I think a DUmbledore mural is in order.

We’ve seen you wearing very different styles of fashion at press events over the last few years, do you have any influences such as Agyness Deyn, a stylist, or this all you?
I have style influences, certainly. Everyone does, no matter what they claim. However, I find it difficult to pinpoint just one style icon. Anyone true to themselves changes their style regularly and I do believe style is a personal thing, reflecting your moods and experiences. You will have seen me wearing very different styles because I don’t define myself. I can’t describe my style because it changes every week. I am notorious for falling in love with an outfit, buying it, then hating it 2 days before an event and having to rush out and buy a new one! These days I am favouring black because I got tired of people expecting me to be quirky. Friends were labelling me as alternative and sometimes I would pass up on a dress because it wasn’t ‘me’ enough or what people expect of me. Now I just wear what I want in the moment. However, I amn’t totally philosphical about style always! I do steal! I think Gemma Ward and Audrey Tautou always look amazing and know what compliments their look. Katie (Leung) always looks flawless and stylish, does layering better than Marc Jacobs! I have a cousin whos style I am in awe of and who seems to have a degree in shopping. But that all means squat if you don’t have confidence in whatever you’re wearing. Posing is an art!

What do you want to do after Harry Potter has ended? Are you considering a long-term career in acting? Will we ever see you in anything else, or is it university like Emma after Deathly Hallows?
Hmmmmm. That’s my answer! Well no, I don’t do short answers, ha! I definitely want to do more acting. Definitely. I love acting and I have so much to learn from it and so many more people to meet. The film has been the best experience of my life and has opened so many doors for me. I could never be content now to just shrink back and not take hold of all these opportunities. However it is not what I want to do forever, more something I feel I should explore while I’m young. I do feel that there is not enough creative control for actors, unless perhaps to older veteran actors who have proven themselves versatile and have built up strong personal relationships with their directors which earns them trust…but that takes a long time. I think as a young actor you are very much protected and obvious as it may sound, directed. It’s just part of my personality to feel uncomfortable with anyone having power over me. I love it of course, I just know I will not do it forever. Acting is an art, but film is an industry and we are all here to make money. I have aspirations to be a director and a writer and a dancer and all those fanciful things so I know acting is good for me and introduces me to amazing people passionate about these things too. And I enjoy it so why would I quit? I have so much to learn about this and from this and I do still feel like I work hard. Basically laziness is what I fear, and as soon as I stop stretching myself I will move on. I have fantasies about doing West End and amazing live shows like that. I love it and am always inspired and awestruck when you go to a show and witness how one small person can hold a whole audience spellbound. So someday. Right now people tell me my voice is too little for the stage so I need to work hard til I get to that point! After Deathly Hallows though… is there an after??? Say it isn’t so!

Aside from reading, what are your favourite hobbies that you like to do in your spare time?
Lots…I love dancing. It is a passion. During the holidays and any free time I get I am happy to spend in the dance studios for hours. I love street dancing and jazz. However it is hard to keep it up so intensely as well as everything else and my parents don’t want me to go to a dance school yet. Perhaps for university. I also love yoga and have done it everyday since I was 11 basically. It compliments dancing perfectly too! Reading, yes. Watching films, I love. Learning French, it’s my favourite language. I love to travel, as I just discovered in the past year or too and find I meet the must interesting experienced people on buses and trains…and they always seem to have red hair somehow. I like to shop as well and my mother tells me that shouldn’t count as a ‘hobby’. Of course like anyone, I long hanging out with friends and do that all the time and don’t get as much time as I should for everything else! But we all need friends and special people in our lives so I don’t feel to guilty for the hours we spend sitting around parks and coffee shops and doing nothing really!

Out of all the actors on Harry Potter, who have you enjoyed working with the most?
I would have to say I’ve enjoyed most working with the people I have become closest to. You hear of a lot of hierarchy and people being unwilling to engage with others because they are so concentrated on their work and personally I really admire those people who can strike a nice balance of being a nice, friendly and relaxed presence whilst also being talented, hard-working actors. I think it is essential to keep your feet on the ground and make an effort to work WITH people because actors are trying to portray real people. I used to look up to people like Emma and Bonnie and Matt and found it hard to imagine myself fitting in with them. But they extended the hand of friendship and bridged the gap and eventually I was able to see myself as one of the cast. I like to feel comfortable and relaxed with the other actors because that way we can work off one another and it doesn’t have to be acting, you can just be. It’s like when you’re young and you play pretend with a friend. You don’t have that annoying voice of doubt that wonders what the other person is thinking of you and prevents you from playing with whatever character you are. You believe you and your friend are those characters so it is easy to crawl into their skin and just be. You can forget yourself.

Can you describe Luna’s film role in the Half-Blood Prince?
Hmm, does this still apply? You’ve all seen it but I’ll try and describe it anyway. The most silly question I get asked in interviews is ‘How has Luna changed in this film?’. But Luna doesn’t change. She will never have to because she has always been 100% true to herself and is entirely comfortable with that. Other people change because they are not so comfortable with themselves. They are free when they are young and then adolescence kicks in and they examine themselves and go through countless transformations. And then they spend their adult years trying to remove all that dressing and get back in touch with their spirit. Luna has this remarkable and completely refreshing ability to detach from life and the worldly influences so I doubt she’ll change very much as she grows. Her obscure creatures knowledge will grow however, that is one thing about her that just seems to get more colourful. I think her role in this film specifically is to remind Harry of what’s real and to lighten the atmosphere, she justs eliminates any tension and helps everyone around her forget their problems even for a few moments. Harry has a tendency to get all wrapped up in the world around him and everything that he has to do and Luna’s presence reminds him that it’s not all such a big, dangerous deal and he can tune out of it whenever he needs to.

We understand you have a significant input into Luna’s costumes and props. What have you done for HBP? Do you have anything planned for Deathly Hallows yet? (In an interview you joked about having a spiked ball tied to Luna’s hair. Was this actually a joke?)
I didn’t do anything for costume this time really, Jany the costume designer is such a genius, I’d be afraid to interfere. They are still using my radishes though which is nice, I think they are staple now. I did get to design the lion hat however which I am very proud of. I had a very vivid image of how it would look and was so excited when the Davids offered me the opportunity to design it. I wanted it to look like it was eating her head and for him (it his a him) to look a bit wild and rough and old as she has such a pure, innocent and light hearted look and I thought it would make a hilarious contrast. He has a few earrings and dreadlocks which you probably don’t see on camera, but yes he certainly has had a wild ride, many stories I’m sure. I haven’t done anything for DH yet, I’ve just been busy with school. Unfortunately, ‘I was fashioning a woolen heliopath mobile’ isn’t an acceptable excuse for not having ones homework done. Though it should be. The spiked ball! Yes, that was a joke between the hairdresser and I! Has to be some technical reason for such a lot of hair, it could do some serious damage. I must take it up with David Yates… Perhaps that is a bit Lara Croft though, my money says we’ll be sticking to those lethal jets of light.

Is there any actor in particular that you think would be good in Xeno Lovegood’s role? Does your dad look like him? Have you heard anything regarding the casting of this role yet?
Has it been confirmed? Well, we all know anyway! I was over the moon when I heard. I was really boggled trying to think who would fit the bill. In the past I had pondered Jim Broadbent as a sort of amped up, frazzle-haired version of his character in the Borrowers, he was fantastic. But then they cast him as Slughorn and that obviously wasn’t going to work. I couldn’t think of anyone at all and then they told me Rhys Ifans was cast and I couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect. I am delighted and can’t wait to work with him which has not happened yet! I’m sure many people would like to have him as a dad, my friends are all a bit jealous

Which part of Deathly Hallows are you most excited about seeing turned into film?
I imagine everyone will say this-the walk through the woods and Platform nine and three quarters. It was such an experience to read, such a catharsis, I remember reading it for the first time and I felt like I could hardly keep up with my own eyes rushing across the pages. It will be so exciting to see how they translate that experience onto film, to see what someone else made of it. And of course the Lovegood house!! I have seen it being made from scratch and been in it and all around it and it is absolutely beautiful, much more vivid and detailed and alive than anything I could ever dream up even while reading the books. I hope they give it good screen time, it truly deserves it. I’m so excited just to see Mr.Lovegood in action. Luna has always been so different and jarring to those around her, it will be so nice to see someone with the same energy and hear his lines, you can’t beat the Lovegoods for unpredictability.

Source: Evanna Lynch Fans

Translaton: ONE Magazine

Monday, August 31st, 2009

She has the reputation to be just as eccentric as her and that’s not totally untrue. But above all, Evanna Lynch is a promising actress who wants to further her career after this saga.

What happens to your character in Half-Blood Prince?
The position of Luna has changed in the film. She always had the reputation of being crazy and the other students of Hogwarts mocked her for that. But Harry is no longer ashamed to be seen in her company. From now on he mocks what other people think, he considers Luna to be his friend now, and she is really happy about that. Luna is important to him cause she reminds him of who he is, and helps him find the right track.

You have had the chance to discuss your character with JK Rowling. What has she told you?
She pretty much confirmed what I already knew: even though Luna has an air of craziness about her, she’s actually one of the most sensible characters of the saga. (laughs) She’s actually a lot more calm and brave than she might appear as. Nothing is like it first seems. Contrary to others, the fantastical and dangerous world they find themselves in seems normal to her, and she’s less afraid of death than her friends. She’s never afraid to be unknown and that’s what she’s trying to teach Harry as well.

If Luna had a boyfriend in the Harry Potter world, who would you like that to be?
I’m having doubts saying this cause he’s way too old for her, but I think Dumbledore would be perfect for Luna! (laughs) I know that’s impossible, but looking at their personalities, I think they really fit. They are both really tolerant and attentive to others.

How did your life change while working on these films?
Contrary to what many people might think, it hasn’t changed all that much. It’s true that more people recognize me on the street, but that’s not a problem to me. In my country, everyone is proud that an Irish person can play a part in the Harry Potter adventure. But it’s not difficult to deal with, because while everyone there is proud, Irish people are never too pushy. Paparazzi isn’t our thing. They leave me in peace so my life is pretty much the same.

You’re also studying while working on the films. How does that go?
All my classmates think I’m lucky cause I only have 3 hours of school during a day of shooting. But that doesn’t make it easy, trust me. I travel with a private teacher and I’m his only student, so it’s impossible to sleep in class! (laughs) Lessons are short but very intensive. And it’s sometimes hard to concentrate during a maths lesson before I have to go back and play Luna.

What will you have learned from this experience once the films are complete?
What I learned during filming is that you have the right to make a mistake sometimes. I was terrrified when I missed my step on set the first time, because I was afraid I wasn’t going to live up to expectations. But I learned that no one cares if you’re not perfect. They just ask you to try your best, and to me that’s a really good life lesson.

Source: ONE Magazine

Translation: Ethos.gr

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The eccentric Luna Lovegood, the token funny character and loyal friend of Harry Potter, is played by one other than the Irish actress, Evanna Lynch. The 18-year-old girl, who in 2006 entered the world of cinema for the first time, snapped up the role of Luna Lovegood out of hundreds of candidates. The “magic”, she said a day after the premiere of ‘Half Blood Prince’ in Greece, “is the most beautiful getaway.”

Are there similarities between your character and your own personality?
Yes there are … Luna has the ability to remain calm and to not lose self control and to not ever be cruel, even when she is understood and perceived by others to be eccentric and weird.

You were a great admirer of the Harry Potter series before you won the role?
I lvoe the books and the film series. Before I used to talk about the series and the actors all the time, I used to think I was a part of it. Now the dream has come true.

Would you like to continue to be an actress?
I would love to continue it! I live in a small Irish town where nothing happenes. Harry Potter was the best thing that ever happened to me.

What makes it so special?
It is the magic and the playful imagination. You can escape from your life, which is boring and sometimes embarrassing, into a new world.

What reputation have you gotten from acting in the films?
I would say it is good publicity, but often exaggerated. Sometimes I go home and tell my mother that it is more than I can do and the feeling that this all could be a dream? On the other hand, what the films demonstrate is the enormous power and fanbase of Harry Potter. What happens is that fans do not expect to be a film star, but I believe that you are and become the character you play. I feel safe in that opinion. I am comfortable with the Luna I have created and I am pleased that I am so much like her character.

Source: Ethos.gr

Translation: Kathimerini

Monday, August 31st, 2009

On the corner, there was excitement, shouting and even some fainting as more than 3,000 people greeted the two ‘Harry Potter’ cast members on Tuesday night. Evanna Lynch and Tom Felton, who play Luna Lovegood and Draco Malfoy, were here in Athens to promote their film ‘Half Blood Prince’ at the premiere in the Village Mall and received an enthusiastic public reaction.

Children at around 15, but some even older than 50, waited patiently to get to close to meet the actors, but also to be photographed with them and to get autographs. Yesterday, the young actors talked about the extremely warm welcome they received and talking about their experiences in participating in the most successful film franchise.

Unlike Tom Felton, who had not read any Harry Potter books when he got the role, the 18-year-old Evanna Lynch (who plays Luna Lovegood) was a massive fan of the books and of J. K. Rowling. Her dedication to the series was a key factor in her audition. ‘Half Blood Prince’ is the second film in which she acts in and is only now starting to adjust. “In the previous film, I felt very strange because I felt that I did not belong there. I saw everyone else as a star. I was so loyal to the fans who could not participate in these films.”

What makes Harry Potter so popular, according to Lynch, is that “Harry has a sense of justice and wants to change things – he also has the power to try. It is because the main protagonists has a good heart. It’s something I found, and people who read the books found, to be really inspirational.”

Lynch confesses that her role model is Audrey Tatou, for both her interpretations and the way she keeps her private life away from the public. Being a part of the Harry Potter case, however, has it’s difficulties. “I live in Ireland and during the filming, I must constantly travel between London and home. I have two lives. I would like to have a home and live there permanently.”

Source: Kathimerini

Translation: MSN Entertainment Greece

Monday, August 31st, 2009

How do you feel the «crazy» your role?
Frankly I do not think that Luna is so «crazy» as it may seem. Just not willing to change itself. It’s just the way I grew up and is happy with it, and some other people would find a little uncomfortable to be so different from others. I think the «crazy» is to want to change yourself and do not feel comfortable with what you are.

If someone takes a quick look at your CV understand that you only play roles for «Harry Potter». How does your future business?
Yes, I have only played in the Harry Potter movies because I liked his books and always wanted to be an actress. I went to acting classes, but I would have gone to the audition if I did not like the story of the books. Therefore I believe that Harry Potter is a dream became reality for me but I have also opened many doors. Working together with agenda and understand that our reputation has grown. Most actors have to work very hard to reach this point and I feel very lucky to be able to make that leap and reach where I am now. Going to school and playing and «Harry Potter» my time was too limited to something special. But just graduated and finished and the Harry Potter movies I hope to get suggestions and of course myself sometime actress.

Do you think your characters in the film could be different than the books?
I think this is a matter of the screenplay but I personally love to go with the book. Even when I audition, cheat very faithful to the book. And any time I felt that I could not pay something right in the film, the director quit.

Many say they see the real Luna through your eyes. What elements of the Luna you like?
Yes I know that many say they look like and take it as a compliment because I respect the «Luna» too. He has inspired and has a great philosophy in which remains calm and unaffected, which is trying to adopt too. I never worried and never angry because I think he believes in fate and that everything will happen as it is meant. I also like that are very perceptive and know that people say that it is «in its own world» but not disappointed at all.

Source: MSN Entertainment Greece