Evanna Lynch DWTS
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Many remember Evanna Lynch as the odd girl who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies. Others know her as the activist who is launching cruelty-free beauty subscription box. For Dancing With the Stars fans, Lynch is a young woman with a fighting Irish spirit that just landed her in the semi-finals of season 27.

Earlier in the week, I spoke with Lynch and her partner Keo Motsepe. To say they are steady, caring people is an understatement. Both want the Mirror Ball Trophy, sure, but they are more interested in enjoying the ride that will hopefully get them there.

“You know, I did this for me,” Lynch explained. “I’m going to go out and have a good time. I thought I could learn something about myself. But to hear people say this is there favorite dance or that makes me so happy is really, really gratifying.”

Lynch admits she’s moved by the fan support. Acknowledging that it’s been years since the Harry Potter movies came out, she admits that DWTS is an odd direction for her to go. However, Lynch is naturally talented and with a partner like Motsepe, she has a shot at winning it all.

“I remember when we first danced,” said Motsepe. “And I said, ‘Girl, you are good.’ I look at her and think, ‘Oh! What more can I do there?’”

Motsepe goes on to say that he treats Lynch like a pro. It’s as if he’s dancing with Emma Slater or Lindsay Arnold. He’s enjoyed watching her transformation week by week and seeing Lynch grow.

In fact, Lynch is growing beyond her skills on the dance floor.

“Going through the dance and proving I can do it and I can handle the nerves and handle the dance has helped my confidence. That is something I can take with me on auditions and stage shows.”

Lynch is also learning the power of positive thinking from Motsepe. His ability to turn negative energy into a positive outlook is, according to Lynch, his super power. And she will be taking that with her as well.

Confidence and positivity will certainly help Lynch and Motsepe during next week’s finale since we know that it’s not all about the couple’s dance ability. With the shocking announcement of Juan Pablo di Pace’s elimination, it’s going to take more than Lynch and Motsepe’s perfect 10 contemporary or nearly perfect foxtrot to win.

Even though the twosome would love the trophy, there’s more going on behind the scenes that we don’t see. No, they aren’t secretly dating like Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten. I’m talking friends for life.

“It’s unlike any other experience,” said Lynch. “Being with this person every single day, through sweat and tears, and dancing for hours, the fact that we still get on — that’s a bond for life.”

That bond is so strong that after their last performance of the night, Motsepe was unable to speak when Erin Andrews congratulated him on his first appearance in the semi-finals. His tears produced Erin’s tears, which then produced my tears.

Or maybe they were tears of happiness that Grocery Store Joe has finally been set free from the ballroom. It’s hard to tell.