You might know her as Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, but today Evanna Lynch isn’t here to chat about a movie character – instead she’s here to chat about herself, and how she manages when she’s finding things tough.
We’re catching up as part of ITV2 and CALM’s How We Move series – a new show that’s all about finding new ways to look after your mental wellbeing. Nowadays, Evanna takes Circus Classes to help her properly chill out, but it hasn’t always been that way. For a long time she struggled with her mental health – dealing with an eating disorder and negative thoughts that made her feel like she was alone.
“When I was younger I really struggled with negative thinking. I would just kind of give myself negative thoughts. And those negative thoughts turned into an eating disorder. I think for a few years, I just numbed myself. But it’s a very lonely way to live.”
Dealing with the pressure to succeed and the worry of what other people think can be overwhelming. Evanna found it hard to recognise and disengage with the negative spiral that her thoughts would lead her into.
“As a teenager, it’s tough. Just entering this adult world and having this sense of ‘where am I going to fit in?’. I’d get to all those dark places and would instantly believe that the meanest thought was always the truest. And it’s not true. You can choose a very different perspective. You have to. “