Saturday 10 December 2016

'It's really so hard when you're a young actor and you have this crazy success' - Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch opens up on the pressure of child stars, in light of former co-star Devon Murray's legal battle

Published 11/04/2016 | 02:30

Evanna Lynch Photo: Michael Chester
Evanna Lynch Photo: Michael Chester
Evanna Lynch and Jack Reynor at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland
Devon Murray (centre) pictured with his parents Fidelma and Michael at the Four Courts Pic: Collins Courts
Class act: Evanna with the Harry Potter cast.

'Harry Potter' star Evanna Lynch has spoken of the pressure child stars are placed under, in light of her former co-star Devon Murray's legal battle.

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Murray, who played the part of Seamus Finnigan in the series, was last week told to pay €260,000 to his former agent.

Evanna Lynch and Jack Reynor at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland
Evanna Lynch and Jack Reynor at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland

The actor's mother had told the court he had been paid well for his work but had "gone out drinking, taken out girls and bought cars, because that is what teenage boys do" - leaving him with little money.

Lynch, who played the part of Luna Lovegood in the wizarding series, said it can be very difficult to handle that level of "crazy success" at a young age.

Devon Murray (centre) pictured with his parents Fidelma and Michael at the Four Courts Pic: Collins Courts
Devon Murray (centre) pictured with his parents Fidelma and Michael at the Four Courts Pic: Collins Courts

"He (Devon) is a really great guy," she told the Irish Independent.

"It's really so hard when you're a young actor and you have this crazy success and suddenly you get all this money.

Class act: Evanna with the Harry Potter cast.
Class act: Evanna with the Harry Potter cast.

"You've no idea how to deal with it, you know. They don't teach you about how to manage that stuff in school."

The actress added: "I don't know the whole case, so I just wish him all the luck and all the love because he's a lovely person."

Evanna Lynch Photo: Michael Chester
Evanna Lynch Photo: Michael Chester

Irish Independent

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