Saturday, February 17, 2018

Where Are They Now: Bonnie Wright

Where Are They Now: Bonnie Wright
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In the Harry Potter universe, Bonnie Wright graced the film franchise with her portrayal of Ginny Weasley - the honest and bold sibling of the Weasley family who ends up marrying Harry Potter and becomes a passionate Quidditch correspondent for The Daily Prophet. After the cinema adaptations wrapped in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part2, Wright has continued to be a force of nature on and off the screen. From becoming a director and producer to GreenPeace activist, she has continued to be an inspiring role model and leader. In tribute of her birthday, we're taking a look at where she is now in the post-Potter world.

Director & Producer

After making an incredible debut throughout the Harry Potter films, Wright took her passion for filmmaking and theater to become a director and producer. She has made several short films with her debut project Separate We Come, Separate We Go premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and screened at the BAFTA Graduate in 2012. She has also directed Know Thyself starring Harry Potter co-star Christian Coulson and Fade to Gold featuring her parents' jewelry-design collection.

In January 2016, she revealed on her official twitter that her next directorial project will be Medusa's Ankles, a short story written by A.S. Byatt where she will reunite with her Harry Potter co-star Jason Isaacs. With her production company BonBonLumiere, she has produced short films and music videos such as Dreaming by Sophie Lowe and Sea Ess by George Schuster.

Wright has also used the power of her voice in storytelling by launching a merchandise line “Come Dream With Me”. The incredibly popular collection of shirts, hats, and mugs benefitted FilmAid International, an organization that harnesses the power of film to inform, empower and inspire refugees.

Film & Theatre Actress

While making appearances throughout the Harry Potter films, Wright continued to co-star in other movies such as Stranded (2002) and Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004). After the series wrapped up in 2011, she made her stage debut in Southwark Playhouse's production of Peter Ustinov's The Moment of Truth, where she received glowing reviews.  In 2014, she continued to perform in films such as the American sci-fi film After the Dark, and several short films such as How (Not) To Rob a Train and voiced a character in the animated film My Dad is Scrooge. While we know of no current plans for her on-screen roles right now, there's no doubt she'll be hitting the big screen again some day.

Harry Potter "Ambassador"

The love for Harry Potter from its film stars still beats on. Wright has appeared at pop culture conventions such as Wizard World, and alongside her co-stars at A Celebration of Harry Potter, an annual event at Universal Orlando Resort where thousands of Potterheads celebrate their favorite magical series. She's also supported her co-stars with their latest projects such as Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe, and raised awareness for  J.K. Rowling's charity Lumos to bring aid to  disadvantaged children around the world.

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Equal Rights Advocate

Outside of the film industry, Wright has also been a leader in using her creative platform for social issues. From participating in the Women's March and A Day Without A Woman in 2017 to speaking out against the Dakota Access pipeline, Wright has highlighted important causes and organizations  throughout her social media. She's raised awareness for Many Hopes aiming to defeat injustice and poverty around the world, encouraged fans to vote in upcoming elections, reduce their risk of cervical cancer by getting a smear test and end abuse for children with Childine's Right To Be Me campaign

GreenPeace Activist

Protecting the environment has become a passionate project for Wright. In an effort to raise awareness for climate change, the actress joined GreenPeace in January 2018. Having grown up with her grandfather by the ocean and becoming a surfer, she's become an advocate for saving the oceans. Her efforts have led to petitioning corporations such as Coca-Cola to put an end to pollution with plastic materials and lessening the impact of oil. She has also made a commitment to making sustainable life choices with reusable water bottles to make-up and food. Check out her guide for i-D for those who don't know where to start. Similar to her Harry Potter co-stars, Wright has taught us that everyone has the power to make the difference.

We have no doubt that there's big things on the horizon for her! If you want to follow along to Bonnie's journey and future projects check out her official Instagram and Twitter. How has Bonnie inspired you? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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