Irish Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch has revealed that she has been playing American roles for so long that she has lost her native accent.
She added that it has got to the point that she struggles when a director asks her to play a part ‘more Irish’.
Lynch is best known as the eccentric Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series. She appeared in four films and four video games.
She has since branched out into starring in independent films and West End plays.
Lynch was born in Louth but has been away so long that she is losing her accent, which has led to some criticism from Irish people.
Lynch told the Irish Sun: “I get people giving out to me for having an American twang to my accent as though I have notions.
“But I have always absorbed the accent or mannerisms of people I’m around and I lived in America for five years.
“I think it’s more about wanting to fit in and a big part of fitting in is sounding like the people you’re around.
“And it’s helpful as an actor to be that way, so when it happens I don’t resist it.”
She added that sometimes directors will ask her to play her character ‘more Irish’ but she finds it very difficult to put on an Irish accent.
Lynch said: “Lately the feedback I’m getting from auditions is ‘can you be more Irish?’ so it’s become a bit of a problem to have such a non-committal accent.
“I think Irish accents are having a moment in TV and film.
“Any day now my agent is going to tell me to hire an Irish dialect coach.”
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling