Evanna Patricia Lynch (born August 16, 1991 in Termonfeckin, Ireland) is an Irish actor best known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies. Her performance has been so widely acclaimed that one could almost say she is Luna. She is also one of the most involved in the Harry Potter fan community, regularly showing up at premieres and conventions. In 2011, Lynch moved to Hollywood to continue acting and find new roles. In 2012, she was cast as Alehna in the TV series Sinbad, based on Sinbad the Sailor. She was set to act in the crime thriller Monster Butler alongside Malcolm McDowell and fellow Potter actor Gary Oldman, but the project has been impeded. She won plenty of acclaim in her native Ireland for a shockingly dark turn in the film My Name Is Emily.
Lynch is also on the Board of Advisors for the Harry Potter Alliance, a large charity. At Leakycon 2012, she announced she would play Luna Lovegood in the Team StarKid production A Very Potter Senior Year, which made all her fans very excited.
Tropes that apply to Lynch include:
- Cloudcuckoolander: In real life. If you get the chance, read her Twitter account. As accurate as her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the movies is, you get the feeling she might not be acting...
- Dyeing for Your Art: She's a natural brunette, but has become so associated with Luna's golden tresses that she seems resigned to keeping them.
- Granola Girl: Lynch is a vegan, and promotes animal rights causes on her Twitter.
- I Am Not Spock: Probably more so than for any other actor in history. In fact, so associated has Lynch become with Luna Lovegood that JK Rowling herself said that, while writing the final two books, she heard Evanna's voice in her head when writing Luna. This could very well be a unique case of a character becoming an actor.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She's got several cats named after Harry Potter characters.
- Nice Hat: Several◊, most notably the lion hat she wore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- Lynch heavily identified with the character of Luna Lovegood since the day the character was introduced. Her audition consisted of her walking in on a whim, telling the producers "Nobody understands Luna like I do," and portraying the best Luna they had seen. She made many of the props and trinkets Luna wears in the films, notably her radish earrings, and, for all of this, portrays one of the few characters the fandom universally agrees the casting was great for.
- The first time Lynch was ever the subject of a news story was not for being cast as Luna, it was a puff piece on the release of an upcoming Harry Potter book whose midnight release Lynch was going to have to miss because she was in the hospital at the time. Instead, her hospital allowed her to leave just for that morning to collect her own copy at the bookstore that had been reserved for her, one of the few autographed by J. K. Rowling (with whom Lynch had corresponded). The name of the book? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the same book that introduced Luna.
- There is a piece of glurge circulating that Lynch was hospitalized because she was battling anorexia. When she heard, J. K. Rowling promised her that if Lynch beat her anorexia, she could audition for the films. Although, it should be noted that, in this case, "could" means "has the potential to," she was not guaranteed the role. While heartwarming on the surface, it raises Unfortunate Implications that Lynch had the role handed to her out of pity!
- Suppressed Mammaries: She was strapped down for her role as Luna in the seventh and eighth movies particularly, although it is a more minor example.