Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” franchise, showed off his rippling abs and dramatic weight loss in the June issue of Attitude, the gay lifestyle magazine.
Lewis, who posed shirtless in his underwear, was lovingly scolded by “Harry Potter” author, JK Rowling, who joked that the near-naked Matthew should put some clothes on.
“Not as bad as watching [Daniel Radcliffe] in Equus, but close,” Rowling wrote to Lewis on Twitter May 21. “Warn me next time, for God’s sake.”
JK Rowling then playfully added, “I will always support you whatever you want to do, Matthew. Now go put some clothes on.”
Despite his dramatic before-and-after transformation, Lewis insists he’s just average-looking. “I’ve never considered myself to be good-looking at all, just average,” Matthew told Attitude.
When complimented on his nice teeth, Lewis said most people think he has veneers, but insisted his teeth are all his. “Whenever I see people I went to school with they always talk about my veneers,” said Matthew. “I’m like, ‘I haven’t got veneers, these are my actual teeth!’”
To play the bumbling, overweight Neville Longbottom in the eight “Harry Potter” films, Lewis said he wore false yellow teeth and prosthetics behind his ears to make them stick out. Matthew, who’s now 6-feet-tall, worried he would be fired after growing several inches and losing his baby fat between the second and third “Harry Potter” movies.
“I had to wear a fat suit and false teeth and stuff to stick my ears out, but it meant I got to keep my job so I can think of worse things,” said Lewis, 26.
In the final “Harry Potter” movie, Neville transforms from a clumsy, bumbling teen into a hero, reflecting the stunning physical transformation actor Matthew Lewis experienced in real life.
Emma Watson: I Struggled With Weight and Poor Body Image
“Harry Potter” stars Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis and Daniel Radcliffe have all been widely praised for growing up in the media glare without resorting to the drug and alcohol abuse that’s rampant among successful child actors
Watson, who played Hermione Granger, graduated from Brown University in 2014 and was appointed a United Nations goodwill ambassador for women’s rights.
While Emma has been hailed for her wholesome beauty, she secretly struggled with body image and weight issues as a teen, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported.
“My weight has fluctuated between a [British] size 6 and a 10 [U.S. size 4-8],” said Watson. “When you’re growing, your body is still figuring itself out and it takes a while to settle down.”
The toned 5-foot-6 Emma, who runs, does yoga, dances and plays tennis, once idealized the super-skinny physiques of fashion models before realizing it wasn’t a realistic or healthy look for her.
“I’ve accepted my body shape more as I’ve got older,” said Watson. “I went through a stage of wanting to have that straight-up-and-down model look, but I have curves and hips, and in the end you have to accept yourself as you are.”
Emma, who once lamented that being in Hollywood made her insecure about her looks, finds the weight-consciousness among young girls alarming.
“It makes me sad to hear girls constantly putting themselves down,” said Watson. “We say the pressure is coming from men, but actually it’s from each other. I think women feel so much pressure these days and it can turn us against each other. But we really damage our own confidence when we put ourselves down, so I try not to.”