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Louth actress Evanna Lynch credits Harry Potter for helping her overcome an eating disorder

‘You are constantly having to choose between the negative voice that’s in your head telling you that you’re terrible at everything, that you suck.’

LOUTH ACTRESS EVANNA Lynch is killing it on the US version of Strictly right now and we’re all just over here lying on it. 

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The Harry Potter actress signed up to Dancing With the Stars and is currently through to week four with partner Keo Motsepe. 

Here she is dancing to Hedwig’s Tune this week. 

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Evanna is killing it on the show, and recently spoke out about her insecurities before getting the role as Luna Lovegood.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Evanna said being a young actress came with a lot of confidence issues. She previously revealed that she was ‘quite sick’ before she got the role in the franchise, and that Harry Potter helped her through an eating disorder as a youngster. 


Reading the books was something of an escape, she explains.

Anyone who has had an eating disorder knows it can completely take over your life. Harry Potter was the only thing that could take my attention from that. 

She began writing to JK Rowling, who responded to her letters and became a pen pal of sorts before she got the role.

“Her books and her kindness made me want to live again”.

However, she said that the role didn’t magically abolish her previous anxieties. 

You are constantly having to choose between the negative voice that’s in your head telling you that you’re terrible at everything, that you suck.
And then the voice saying, ‘No, I can be something.’ That’s what the work is every day. Being brave enough to say, or not brave enough, but just making the choice to say, ‘I’m going to choose love.’

She continued to say that she couldn’t have been in the role had her anxiety continued in the same way. 

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“I could not have gotten through doing the Harry Potter films if I had continued down that route”.
“I just want to say that once you put yourself out there and believe in yourself, things happen”.

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