'Harry Potter' actress Evanna Lynch says suffering with anorexia at the age of 11 helped her to become the confident, happy person she is today.
Evanna Lynch believes she has been ”shaped” by having an eating disorder at the age of 11.
The 20-year-old actress - who is best known as Luna Lovegood in the ‘Harry Potter’ movie franchise - admits she was ”very tormented” by anorexia but believes it has helped her become the confident, happy person she is today.
She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ”When I was younger, I was about 11, I had an eating disorder. I was very tormented and, eventually I was just like, ‘I hate this, I don’t want to be this person any more. My ‘Harry Potter’ character Luna really inspired me, I thought, ‘I really wanna be someone like that.’
”It shaped me. I had to learn how to channel it. Those eating disorders are so much about you wanting to be perfect and be the perfect size, but I also had to learn it was a very cowardly thing to strive to be a certain shape.”
Instead, the Irish-born beauty - who now lives in Los Angeles - channelled her energy into being creative.
She added: ”What I learnt was that you could put that into creativity. You could put that fierceness, fire and ambition into something creative. It just takes a lot more guts. It’s not certain, whereas when you are trying to lose weight it’s certain you can keep getting smaller whereas with art, it may fail.
”So it’s definitely a braver thing to do. It’s a good energy to have, and a good motivation.”
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