Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch has revealed she has started working as a yoga instructor as she struggles to make it in Hollywood.
The Louth actress – who played Luna Lovegood in the films – said it helps her after suffering from an eating disorder as a kid.
But Evanna admitted she has been told it’s harder to make it as a yoga instructor in the US than making it as a movie star.
“The funny thing is that I’ve been told that to make it as a yoga teacher in Los Angeles is harder than making it in Hollywood,” she added.
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“Anyone who has been through an eating disorder needs to do something physical give themselves peace of mind.
“I don’t believe in nourishing just one part of the soul or mind or body: I want to pay attention to all of them. I don’t think anyone can just be an actor.
“Acting jobs, when they come along, I see them as a real gift… but I needed a real person job. Acting can be very solitary, and very ‘me-me-me’. Yoga puts it all back in balance.”
And Evanna – who is now living in LA trying to make it as a Hollywood actress – admits she wishes she was working more and does get “jealous” of other actors.
During her time in the US, she was cast in Monster Butler, which ended up being canned and got a TV pilot that never worked out.
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“Sometimes I wish I was working more, and you get jealous of actors, but I like where I am better. If you spend your time comparing yourself to other people, you’ll go crazy,” she said.
“I know well not to call home when I’ve had a bad audition, because my parents are like, ‘ahhh, just come home’,” she added to the Irish Independent.
“I think my family were given a false idea of the industry when I got the Harry Potter role.
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“I think they expected it to happen again and again, but I’ve had to explain that lightning doesn’t necessarily strike twice.”
And Evanna revealed she is still in regular contact with JK Rowling – and is hoping to follow in her footsteps by writing books.
“JK and I still write letters to each other. I’ve done that since I was a little girl and I love that we haven’t stopped,” she said.
“I’d love to write books. I have so much respect for writers, and they’re doing the most noble thing. But I’m only 22 so I’m not sure I have too much to write about yet.”