After years in the marking, actress Evanna Lynch couldn't be more proud to share her new memoir, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and The Glory of Growing Up.
The star, who played the quirky but lovable Luna Lovegood in the last four Harry Potter flicks, recounts her time on set, her personal struggles and more in the book, which hit shelves on October 19.
"I really wanted to write this book for years, just because I've been talking about these topics, these themes of parts of my life for a long time, but not really getting my message across, not really getting the complexity and nuance of the story across," she told E! News of her coming-of-age tome.
While it's the first published work for the Irish beauty, she said that her nerves over the project quickly faded when she put her pen to the paper.
"You could spend hours trying to perfect and trying to sound really clever and funny in the way another writer writes. And I realized what's in me is going to come out through writing," the new author explained of the process. "I've found that if you just sit down, show up, create space, maybe block off two hours, and if you just write, something will come out. And your writing is just a reflection of the work you've done on yourself and who you are."
Fans of the popular film franchise will be delighted to know that she sent a copy of her book to costar Emma Watson and to the series' famed author J.K. Rowling.
Aside from recalling showbiz tales, the Dancing With the Stars alum gets personal and opens up about her struggle with anorexia in her story.
"You want to be honest, you know? I don't want to just say, ‘Everything's cool now, happier, I've fixed all these weird issues,'" she reasoned as to why she included the tough topic in the pages. "So, I had to find a way that I could be honest about where I'm at, but be positive and leave people with a warm, inspired feeling."
Overall, the blonde babe wants her book to show people her true self, as many fans still see her as her beloved Potter character.
"I kind of have a sense that nobody really knows who I am. People sort of think, ‘Oh, you are this sweet, airy, fairy person.' And that's a lovely perception, but it's not really real. It's not," she admitted. "So, it's almost like I haven't been able to have true connections with people, with even the people who follow me online. 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."