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Shirley Henderson Interviewed by STV: "Loved" Being in Harry Potter

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Posted by: Rosi
February 25, 2010, 06:49 PM

Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) has given a rare interview to Scottish television network, STV in which she talks about her role in the Harry Potter films, her frequent casting as over-emotional characters and upcoming projects. A video of the interview can be found right here in the Leaky Video Galleries.

Henderson spoke of how she became a Harry Potter fan and her absence from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows":

I think they just have to make that decision of who's going to be there and who's not. And it's very much about the love interest now, it's a little bit more serious... less silly characters like me! I miss it, I loved doing it. I would've liked to still be involved.
The actress also revealed how the scenes with Moaning Myrtle are shot. Henderson explained that she was present when the camera was on the other actors in the scene, "really in the swimming pool and really swimming towards Harry and doing all the voice," for example, but was "in a big green empty warehouse" when the camera focused on her:
I found [acting against a green screen] very difficult to begin with, also because I'm up in the sky. So I am strapped to a bicycle seat with my legs clamped down tight so I don’t fall off it and pushed, swivelling through the air and trying to hit marks and imagine how Harry would be reacting. So at first it's technically very difficult but I got to love it and they're a lovely team of people.
Shirley Henderson's latest film, "Life During Wartime" was shown at the Glasgow Film Festival 2010 on the 23rd of February and will be released on the 23rd of April.

Many thanks to Sue for the heads up!

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I thought she was great and it was a pity they cut her from H.B.P.

Posted by Smonocco on February 27, 2010, 01:05 PM report to moderator
12348 Points

She is so awesome as Myrtle, I wish she could be in DH!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on February 27, 2010, 11:35 PM report to moderator
3987 Points

hahahahahah myrtle was always great! She was in an episode of Dr Who once as well :)

Posted by BewareoftheNargles {WBM} on February 28, 2010, 04:50 PM report to moderator
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She was just AWESOME as Myrtle despite the huge actress/caracter age difference. It’s a shame that Myrtle won’t take part in the fight against Voldemort. And I can’t believe that Trelawney and Slughorn won’t be in DH movies as well… Thanks to siena for mentioning it.

Posted by Madam Snape on March 21, 2010, 11:42 PM report to moderator
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