Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch says the fan culture surrounding 'Harry Potter' is 'a bit unhealthy'
Evanna Lynch played Luna Lovegood from "Order of the Phoenix".
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Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" saga, said fan culture could be "a bit unhealthy".
Lynch, who described herself as a Potter super fan before being cast in the fifth film, told the latest episode of the podcast "Talking Tastebuds": "It was so strange to become a fan from a fan who was chasing Daniel Radcliffe Mail to. "
Lynch said she knew the actors 'birthdays and parents' names before she met them, and had to pretend she didn't.
She added: "It also meant that I had nothing to say to them - my entire identity was poured into theirs and worshiped them, which I was suddenly confronted with: 'Who the hell am I?'"
Lynch said she received fan mail describing her as a best friend, but said she didn't respond because it was "just not healthy."
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Evanna Lynch says fan culture is sometimes "not healthy".
The actress appeared in the latest episode of the podcast "Talking Tastebuds" and said she had been a super fan of the books and films from "Harry Potter" before entering the franchise's fifth entry, "Harry", at the age of 14 as Luna Lovegood was occupied by Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. "
"I was a really obsessed Harry Potter fan," said Lynch, adding that she started reading the books when she was about 8 years old, and that "it was just my identity for a while".
"It's pretty embarrassing," she said. "I did everything I did for the books, I wrote fan mail to Daniel Radcliffe and got his autograph, and I wrote fan mail to JK Rowling."
Lynch as Lovegood.
She added, "It was so strange to go from a fan chasing Daniel Radcliffe to someone that people send fan mail to."
Lynch said she was active on MuggleNet, a Potter fan website, but after she was occupied, she couldn't interact with the community in the same way as before.
After spending so long being part of it, she thought "the whole fan culture is a bit unhealthy", not least because it made the meeting with the Potter actors who became her colleagues uncomfortable at first .
"When I met Daniel, Rupert and Emma, I knew everything about them: their pets 'names, I knew their birthdays, I knew their parents' names," she said. "I had to pretend I hadn't and say, 'Oh, a brand new person I don't know about."
She added: "It also meant that I had nothing to say to them - my whole identity was poured into theirs and worshiped them, which I was suddenly confronted with: 'Who the hell am I?' and when they asked me what I was interested in, I didn't know what to say, what to say? "
The actress said that she started getting fan mail herself, but it could be a bit unhealthy.
"I get people who tell me, 'I think you're my best friend,'" she said. "I don't respond to these people because it's just not healthy. It's difficult because some people don't have the experience of seeing it from the other side, like me, or they don't have therapy or anything like that." "
She added: "I just think that fan culture is somehow dangerous and you can get lost in it."
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