The actress adds, “Now who I am in real life is showing up on the page, that’s what I want. I want to be honest with people.”
Lynch channels her inextinguishable creative spirit not only into her acting, but also into her other passions of dancing and moving her body, which she says is a huge part of her mental health practice. Much like she did with Luna Lovegood in the Potter films, Lynch still connects most with creative, wild roles, noting that “a lot of times creative women are mistaken for being mad, just because we have this fire and this sensitivity.”
And, of course, Lynch still recalls her days on the Harry Potter set with a humble reverence. “I do think of, every single day, these brave, hopeful souls showing up and putting all their heart and all their energy into creating this world, and how amazing the result was,” she remembers. “It does create this seamless, magical world where kids and adults look at it and believe in it, but it all came from their imaginations.”
That perspective also seems to have affected her memoir writing process: “And I always come back to that, I’m always struck by that, the power of the imagination, the fact that you can visualize something in your little study at home and in the quiet with your own mind, and you can put it out into the world and it can create things. That, to me, is real-life magic.”
The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and The Glory of Growing Up is out Oct. 19.