ALEXANDRIA SYMONDS: You’ve been playing Ginny for 10 years now, right?
BONNIE WRIGHT: Yeah, that’s right—it’s been a whole decade.
SYMONDS: What’s that like, to do one character for your entire adolescence? What sort of effect do you think it’s had on you?
WRIGHT: I think it has a big effect. We started when we were very young, especially me. I didn’t know anything about the film industry, so it definitely has taught me a great deal, in terms of something I wouldn’t have learned about. It’s completely inspired me to become a part of, you know, for my career—not just something I did when I was younger. I think when you’re younger, you need to socialize and be with people your own age. Whereas when we started, we were working with people with a complete mix of ages. The generation gap made us all mature much quicker, and become very used to talking to older people and being a bit more socially aware. . .
. . .SYMONDS: What was it like the last day on set? How do you deal with the end of all of that—is there a lot of crying?
WRIGHT: It was much more emotional than anyone anticipated. I think what was bizarre about it was we were so used to that environment of the studios, sets, and people you are with, that it became almost like a second home to us. For that to suddenly finish was the weirdest thing for us. This thing that had become such a norm for us was suddenly going to be just terminated. I think it takes a long time, I think it did for everyone. The next six months afterwards, and even now, because the last film hasn’t come out—that feeling of it settling in, slowly but surely, that it’s finally going to be the end when the last film comes out. It was a big thing for us all, but I think it was a very proud moment for everyone, as well. It was a time to celebrate the amount of work people had put into it, and how much of a success it has been. . .
. . .SYMONDS: In the new movie, one of the sort of fan-favorite moments from the book involves your character and Mrs. Weasley—when Mrs. Weasley curses at Bellatrix Lestrange. When you were doing that moment on set, what was that like?
WRIGHT: It was in the Great Hall, and it’s an amazing moment for Mrs. Weasley—Julie Walters is the actor. She finally gets to show us what she’s made of, and obviously Mrs. Weasley is protecting Ginny and protecting her family. It’s just a great moment to show what family is, and the alliance that they have, and how strong a unit they are. . .
. . .SYMONDS: You mentioned before that being thrust into this situation so young made you and the other younger cast members mature quickly and learn how to speak to older people. Did you get any memorable acting advice from the film legends that you were working with?
WRIGHT: Yeah, definitely. We were surrounded by a mixture of so much amazing talent and such long careers. Their knowledge and charisma was difficult to escape, you know! [laughs] On set, you could definitely feel that you were in the presence of someone who has acted in amazing films and has performed incredibly. They were all very open to us, and talked to us, but it wasn’t until the films went on, when we grew older, that they really began to relate to us and talk to us more. When we were younger, everything was a bit more divided, because we had school to get on with and different things. I think as we got older and we had many more scenes with them, that relationship did build much more in terms of the idea of talking about what was happening in the scene and sharing ideas. We did a bit more collaborating together. . .
…SYMONDS: I know you have a couple of film projects coming up—are you set on continuing to act? Have you thought about college, or doing something else? Or is this definitely what you want to do?
WRIGHT: Yeah, I’ve got a new movie coming that I’m off to shoot in a week and a half, but I’m also just finishing my second year of college at the moment. In America you have four years, but we just have three years, so I’ll be graduating next year.
SYMONDS: What’s your concentration?
WRIGHT: I’m studying film and television in London. So that’s very interesting. I kind of went towards that: the idea of writing, storytelling, all the different things that go behind film; and I always wanted to go to art school, and it’s one of the big art schools of London, so that was a dream that I completed.
SYMONDS: Did you end up writing any screenplays?
WRIGHT: I’m actually in the process of writing a short screenplay for a film that I’m going to be directing in our final year. That will be very exciting.
SYMONDS: That’s fantastic! Can you tell me what it’s about?
WRIGHT: It’s quite new, but it’s basically about a relationship between a mother and daughter, and it’s set in an area in England, in East Sussex, called Romney Marsh, which is a very interesting environment that I always went to as a child and grew up with, so it’s very much about the location. It’s a very bleak, quite bizarre area. So it’s a film, basically, about that area of England. . .