Sometimes we humans have to leave what we know behind and reach for bigger and better things. This applies to everyone, even those of us who are already kind of famous. Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, recently took to Instagram to explain why she'd be taking a step back from her iconic character, at least for the time being.
In her post to Instagram, Evanna Lynch talks about the "safety net" Luna Lovegood and the Wizarding World has created for her, but says it's time to push herself beyond the comfort of Harry Potter and try to challenge herself more as an artist. She writes:
Sometimes life gives you an easy route that dulls your appetite for chasing your dreams and you become inhibited by fear of what lays beyond comfort and safety. That for me has been living off the world I inhabited a decade ago. It's a blessing to have a safety net and while it's possible to maintain safety and chaos together I believe I need insecurity to light a fire under my scared little artist's ass.
Lynch, who is now 25, goes on to say that she feels "stuck in my 18 year old self artistically" and is working to push herself beyond her comfort zone to grow creatively. She says:
I’m different now and need to honour that and challenge myself to create something else, something from the person I am today,” she continued. “I feel like I’m stuck in my 18 year old self artistically when I actually have a lot more to say. I’m writing it down for myself to acknowledge and to remind myself to not be held back by fear of discovering my inabilities and inadequacies as an actor and human. What is there to lose anymore by being relentlessly optimistic about the future? I have run out of excuses and want to follow my heart wholeheartedly rather than my fear…
I wish Evanna Lynch the best of her luck in her new endeavors, and I promise that I will try very hard not to picture her as Luna Lovegood in every single non-Harry Potter thing she ever does.