Shirley Henderson Interviewed by STV: “Loved” Being in Harry Potter


Feb 25, 2010

Posted by John Admin

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!

34 Responses to Shirley Henderson Interviewed by STV: “Loved” Being in Harry Potter

Avatar ImageSproutMdme says: Oh, Moaning Myrtle just *** HAS *** to be in the final fight at Hogwarts scenes!!! I can hardly believe they wouldn't have her in it fighting for Hogwarts! Henderson was terrific as Myrtle!!Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: I think she was in original Bridget Jones movie also. Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: I can't even begin to imagine how hard it is to act in front of a green screen while also being flung around the air on a bicycle seat. Wicked. Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: She is brilliant as oaning Myrtle. I aslo thought she made an excelent shrew in the taming of, for a BBC adaptation, it was brilliantAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: She is a wonderful Moaning Mrytle and wish we had seen her more in the films. :)Avatar Imagegingerr_kat says: Moaning Myrtle must have been such a fun part for her to get to act like that. I wish she was in Deathly Hallows. Myrtle is such an important character because she is one of the first people Voldemort kills and it would be a nice tie in to have her there at the end.Avatar ImageLizzary says: I really wish we could see more of her!Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: She was a fantastic Moaning Myrtle!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: She was an amazing Moaning Myrtle and its pretty cool how the film her!!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is a pity that she is not returning for the final two films as this particular character. She really did give us a wonderful and amusing Moaning Myrtle!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: i will never forget you myrtleAvatar Imagetaylor819 says: I wish she was in it!! Shirley is a sweetie.Avatar Imageleigia says: Myrtle was a memorable ghost. It's a shame she's not back for the final films, though completely understandable.Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: She was the perfect Myrtle!! Too bad they didnt bring her back for DH.Avatar Imagesiena says: Her performance as Myrtle was pure delight !! Spot on would be an understatement. She is also actually so much older than the character ( I think over 30) - but she looks incredibly young as Myrtle. It's a shame she isn't in DH, it's also a shame that Trelawny and Slughorn get missed out as well.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Very interesting article -- she is the perfect Myrtle. Wish we'd see her in DH, though.Avatar ImageButterfly_Boy says: She was very fine in Dr Who. It's regrettable she'll not be in the Deathly Hallows.Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: It is amazing how they are able to make it look so real! And what the actors have to go through. But it is worth it to be part of such a historic and fun set of films.Avatar Imageevb615 says: I love moaning myrtleAvatar Imagejhlovesmusic says: She is such an excellent actor!!! It's really too bad that she's not coming back though... She was really good!!! =)Avatar Imagemew5645 says: I thought she was a good Myrtle !!Avatar Imageccking says: she was so great, too bad she was only in one movie. it's so hard to believe that she was 40 when she filmed CoS !! * I LOVE SCOTTISH ACCENT!Avatar ImageFelipe_Q says: No! She should be in DH!! :-( (and Slughorn isn't in DH either?!?! WHAT?!)Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: It's awesome that she loves HP so much :) But, it's too bad that Myrtle is being cut from DH :o With DH being two movies I was really hoping they would include more people and storylines ...Avatar ImageMatea says: She won't be in DH? that's just sad.Avatar ImageFifi says: Hiding behind a green screen AND being unexpectedly swung around in the air while trying to be Myrtle must have been hard!Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: wow, she definitely looks different in real life than as moaning myrtle! too bad we won't be seeing her in another potter film :/Avatar Imageroonwit says: Myrtle hasn't been cut from DH because she wasn't ever in it. Perhaps she is helping in the battle (eg. carrying messages) or perhaps she is hiding in her U-bend, but I am pretty sure she is never mentioned in the book so we simply don't know.Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Loved her as Moaning Myrlte and i couldn't believe how much older she is compared to the character age. She is blessed with some good genes. Avatar Imagealicia00 says: oh she has also has been in the movie wild child with emma robertsAvatar ImageSmonocco says: I thought she was great and it was a pity they cut her from H.B.P.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: She is so awesome as Myrtle, I wish she could be in DH!Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: hahahahahah myrtle was always great! She was in an episode of Dr Who once as well :)Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: 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.

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