Evanna Lynch says 'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling helped her through an eating disorder at 11 — before the actress was cast as Luna Lovegood

Business Insider | 10/9/2018 | Olivia Singh, INSIDER
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Evanna Lynch opened up about how JK Rowling and the "Harry Potter" series helped her overcome an eating disorder when she was 11 or 12 years old.

The actress shared the story on the latest episode of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which she is competing on.

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"The only thing that could actually take my attention apart from that was the 'Harry Potter' series," Lynch explained.

The 27-year-old said that while she was in and out of the hospital, she became pen pals with Rowling and "her books and her kindness really made me want to live again."

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Evanna Lynch is known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" films, but she had a special connection with author JK Rowling before being cast in the franchise.

Lynch shared the heartwarming story on Monday evening's episode of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which she is competing on with professional dancer Keo Motsepe.

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As part of the third week of competition, the stars were challenged to choose their most memorable year and perform a dance based on it. Lynch explained that 2006 was a highlight for her, because it was the year she booked her role in "Harry Potter."

The 27-year-old said that when she was 11 or 12 years old, she was battling an eating disorder.

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"Anyone who's had an eating disorder knows it completely takes over your life," Lynch said.

The actress added: "The only thing that could actually take my attention apart from that was the 'Harry Potter' series."

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In addition to being "the biggest fan" of the franchise and the quirky character Luna, Lynch said that she eventually started exchanging letters with Rowling.

"I started writing to JK Rowling and she wrote back and we...
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