Evanna Lynch is living her dream by being on Dancing with the Stars in the US
A DAUGHTER of Murroe, Evanna Lynch – who became a global celebrity after appearing in Harry Potter films – is putting on spellbinding displays in America’s Dancing with the Stars.
Over three times the population of Ireland watches the hit show on ABC. Her dad, Donal, is a proud Murroe and Limerick man. The Lynchs have been living in Co Louth for decades but often return to Murroe to see relations including popular postmistress, Helen Ryan.
On week six on Monday night, Evanna and her dance partner, Keo Motsepe, turned up the intensity with their tango performance.
“Evanna's on fire!” said judge, Carrie Ann Inaba. Evanna and Keo received a 10, a 9, and another 10 for a total score of 29 out 30.
As votes can only be cast in America, Donal is asking Limerick people to contact American friends and relations to vote for one of their own. He says the invitation to take part in Dancing with the Stars came out of the blue on Sunday, August 26, “just as Limerick blood was starting to flow at normal pace again a week after the All-Ireland”.
“She flew out a week later on Monday, September 3 and will be here until the show ends on November 19. Evanna always loved dancing. Her ambition before she came across the Harry Potter books was be be a dancer. In fact, she did try, after the Harry Potter involvement came to an end, to get into dance schools in London but to no avail. Now, however, she is absolutely living the dream and she loves every minute of it. It’s pretty much full on work here for her,” said Donal.
Famously, Evanna, aged 27, wrote to the author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, as a little girl. Ms Rowling wrote back and they became pen pals. A couple of years later she landed the role of Luna Lovegood in the film adaptations.
Donal and wife, Marguerite, flew put to Los Angeles two weeks ago and attended Monday night’s show.
“We believe that we have never seen her so happy. She’s dancing really well with an excellent professional dancer called Keo Motsepe from South Africa. The show is not available for viewing outside of the USA but the dances can all be seen almost immediately on YouTube.
“Evanna and Keo are doing well with the judges especially as the show progresses, though there have been some scary moments. They got three eights last Monday night week which was Disney night when Evanna danced as Rapunzel. They got three nines another night but ended up in jeopardy with another really good couple who unfortunately were eliminated that night. Evanna worked flat out for Monday night when they danced a tango. She moved from being the lovely Rapunzel to being her favourite animal, a cat,” said the proud dad.
Evanna continues to act, is an animal rights activist and set up her own vegan podcast. But currently all Evanna’s energies are focused on Dancing with the Stars and getting to the final.
“The popular vote is very important. For that reason I’m getting in touch with everyone I can think of in order to muster up the Irish vote in the US,” said Donal, who despite being in LA was cheering on Doon against Na Piarsaigh on Saturday night.