21 episodes

James and Oliver Phelps (aka Fred and George Weasley) talk to a star-studded selection of friends, colleagues and personal heroes who stepped into the limelight at a young age, and find out what “normal” means to them. As identical twins who grew up on the Harry Potter film set as Fred and George Weasley, you could never say that the pair had a “normal” start to life. But recently, they’ve been thinking: what does “normal” mean anyway? Ready your ears for behind-the-scenes Potter revelations; outrageous rants; frank conversations about mental health; and even the odd, ‘did-you-know?’ Stabl production (Formerly the Double Trouble podcast)

Normal Not Norma‪l‬ Stabl

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

James and Oliver Phelps (aka Fred and George Weasley) talk to a star-studded selection of friends, colleagues and personal heroes who stepped into the limelight at a young age, and find out what “normal” means to them. As identical twins who grew up on the Harry Potter film set as Fred and George Weasley, you could never say that the pair had a “normal” start to life. But recently, they’ve been thinking: what does “normal” mean anyway? Ready your ears for behind-the-scenes Potter revelations; outrageous rants; frank conversations about mental health; and even the odd, ‘did-you-know?’ Stabl production (Formerly the Double Trouble podcast)

    Evanna Lynch part two

    Evanna Lynch part two

    This episode is part two of our conversation with our friend Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films.
     
    In this episode things get personal. We get honest about going to therapy, having our identities stolen online and how the Potter films changed our lives. 
     
    On a lighter note, we also talk about Evanna’s time on the USA’s Dancing with the Stars, our favourite Potter moments and our dream circus skills.
     
    If you’re struggling with your mental health, please know you’re not alone. We hear you. Take a look at the Samaritans or Mind websites and reach out to family and friends. Help is out there. 
     
    We want to hear from you. If you have a brilliant 'Did You Know?' fact, a question for us, a jingle you’ve written or a voice note you want to share, get in touch. We’ll choose a few messages and include them in the audio version of every podcast. You can tweet us your message using the hashtags #normalnotnormal and #didyouknow or email us at normalnotnormalpodcast@gmail.com 
     
    Remember, if you’re sending us a voice note or jingle and you’re under eighteen, please get permission from a parent or guardian.
     
    Follow us:
    @OliverPhelps     
    @James_Phelps
    @msevylynch
     
    Normal Not Normal is a Stabl production.
    Produced by Alice Homewood.
    YouTube version edited by Oliver and James Phelps.
    Music: 'Not Normal' by Sebastian Forslund and 'Bobby Swing' by The Bladwerk Band 

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    • 57 min
    Evanna Lynch part one

    Evanna Lynch part one

    This episode is part one of our conversation with the brilliant Evanna Lynch, who you might know better as Luna Lovegood. 

    Growing up in rural Ireland, Evanna was a quiet, shy child who found comfort in the pages of Harry Potter. When she was chosen to play the role of Luna Lovegood, she felt like her dreams had come true, but the reality wasn’t always pygmy puffs and rainbows.

    In this episode Evanna, a self-confessed Potter super-fan, opens up about finding it difficult to relax on set surrounded by her heroes, tells us how she offered to donate her salary to pay for a certain character’s funeral, and shares what it was like having a bodyguard at school.
     
    Evanna supports many charities including Lumos and Veganuary. She also co-founded the cruelty-free beauty box Kinder Beauty.

    Listen to Evanna’s podcast The Chickpeeps to learn about her journey into veganism. 

    Listen to our next episode for part two!

    We want to hear from you. If you have a brilliant 'Did You Know?' fact, a question for us, a jingle you’ve written or a voice note you want to share, get in touch. We’ll choose a few messages and include them in the audio version of every podcast. You can tweet us your message using the hashtag #normalnotnormal or email us at normalnotnormalpodcast@gmail.com 
     
    Remember, if you’re sending us a voice note or jingle and you’re under eighteen, please get permission from a parent or guardian.
     
    Follow us:
    @OliverPhelps     
    @James_Phelps
    @msevylynch

    Normal Not Normal is a Stabl production.
    Produced by Alice Homewood.
    YouTube version edited by Oliver and James Phelps.
    Music: 'Not Normal' by Sebastian Forslund and 'Bobby Swing' by The Bladwerk Band 

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cameron Jordan

    Cameron Jordan

    In this special Super Bowl episode we talk to the NFL Pro Bowl star Cameron Jordan.

    Cameron followed in his father’s footsteps when he became one of America’s greatest football players. Since joining the New Orleans Saints he’s used his influence to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. 

    Find out why Cameron hates watching the Super Bowl, how he’s helping to rebuild New Orleans, and, of course, which position he would play on the Quidditch pitch.

    We also share your Super Bowl traditions - from weird superstitions to feasts that would put the Hogwarts’ Great Hall to shame.
     
    Find out more about Cameron’s charity work and foundation God Iz Love here. 

    Cameron’s ‘3am Questions’:
    Favourite books - The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey and the Harry Potter series
    Favourite songs - Push It by O.T. Genasis, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag by James Brown and Avenge Sevenfold
    Favourite films - The Lion King, Hitch, Anchorman and Talladega Nights
     
    We want to hear from you. If you have a brilliant 'Did You Know?' fact, a question for us, a jingle you’ve written or a voice note you want to share, get in touch. We’ll choose a few messages and include them in the audio version of every podcast. You can tweet us your message using the hashtag #normalnotnormal or email us at normalnotnormalpodcast@gmail.com 
     
    Remember, if you’re sending us a voice note or jingle and you’re under eighteen, please get permission from a parent or guardian.
     
    Follow us on Twitter:
    @OliverPhelps     
    @James_Phelps
    @camjordan94
     
    Normal Not Normal is a Stabl production.
    Produced by Alice Homewood.
    YouTube version edited by Oliver and James Phelps.
    Music: 'Not Normal' by Sebastian Forslund
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 51 min
    Severn Cullis-Suzuki

    Severn Cullis-Suzuki

    In this episode we talk to ‘the girl who silenced the world for five minutes’, Severn Cullis-Suzuki. 
     
    At just twelve years old Severn stunned the 1992 UN Earth Summit with a passionate speech about the growing environmental crisis. 
     
    Known as ‘yesterday’s Greta Thunberg’, Severn didn’t pull any punches in her criticism of the world leaders present.
     
    Now that more than thirty years have passed we ask Severn how her life has been shaped by those five minutes.
     
    We discuss how our childhood choices can influence our whole lives (hey Harry Potter!), how ‘warrior’ Greta is picking up the eco baton despite the trolls, and how Severn almost gave birth in front of a film crew, all thanks to her dad!
     
    You can find out more about Severn’s advocacy work and activism here. 
     
    Clips of Severn’s speech were taken from the ‘We Canada’ YouTube page with thanks. Watch the whole thing here 
     
    Severn’s ‘3am Questions’:
    Favourite song - The Haida Gwaii 'Greeting the Day Song’. Learn more about Haida Gwaii culture and music here.
    Favourite film - Dances with Wolves
     
    We want to hear from you. If you have a brilliant 'Did You Know?' fact, a question for us, a jingle you’ve written or a voice note you want to share, get in touch. We’ll choose a few messages and include them in the audio version of every podcast. You can tweet us your message using the hashtag #normalnotnormal or email us at normalnotnormalpodcast@gmail.com 
     
    Remember, if you’re sending us a voice note or jingle and you’re under eighteen, please get permission from a parent or guardian.
     
    Follow us on Twitter:
    @OliverPhelps     
    @James_Phelps
    @SevernSuzuki
     
    Normal Not Normal is a Stabl production.
    Produced by Alice Homewood.
    YouTube version edited by Oliver and James Phelps.
    Music: 'Not Normal' by Sebastian Forslund, 'At Last' by Martin Landh and 'Bobby Swing' by The Bladwerk Band 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 55 min
    Tom Hopper

    Tom Hopper

    In this episode we talk to Umbrella Academy actor Tom Hopper.

    Tom has appeared in all our favourite shows, from Game of Thrones to Merlin and Black Sails. He’s known for being 6 foot 5, ripped, and the nicest man in show business.

    We find out how Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired Tom to rebel against his drama teachers, how his son’s autism diagnosis changed his definition of ‘normal’ and just how much of his huge Umbrella Academy character is prosthetic.

    Tom and his wife Laura have shared their experiences of adjusting to life with their son Freddie’s autism diagnosis on their YouTube channel The Hopper Family:

    He also co-hosts the brilliant Earth Locker podcast with Umbrella Academy co-star Robert Sheehan and TV producer Byron Knight. Have a listen here.

    Tom’s ‘3am Questions’:
    Favourite book - Genius Foods by Max Lugevere
    Favourite song - Love in an Elevator by Aerosmith 
    Favourite film - Back to the Future II

    We want to hear from you. If you have a brilliant 'Did You Know?' fact, a question for us, a jingle you’ve written or a voice note you want to share, get in touch. We’ll choose a few messages and include them in the audio version of the podcast every episode. You can tweet us your message using the hashtag #normalnotnormal or email us at normalnotnormalpodcast@gmail.com 

    Remember, if you’re sending us a voice note or jingle and you’re under eighteen, please get permission from a parent or guardian.

    Follow us on Twitter:
    @OliverPhelps     
    @James_Phelps
    @Tomhopperhops

    Normal Not Normal is a Stabl production.
    Produced by Alice Homewood.
    Music: 'Not Normal' by Sebastian Forslund, 'Bobby Swing' by The Bladwerk Band and ‘Someday You’ll Understand’ by Marc Toboel.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mercedes Varnado aka Sasha Banks

    Mercedes Varnado aka Sasha Banks

    In this episode we talk to WWE pro-wrestler Mercedes Varnado, aka Sasha Banks. 

    Mercedes was named Sports Illustrated’'s top Superstar of 2020, and she’s just as impressive outside the ring. Check out the hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian on Disney Plus to see Mercedes making her acting debut as Koska Reeves.

    As a child, Mercedes was ‘extremely shy’ with ‘no friends’. We find out what it took for her to harness her fear and become one of WWE’s most confident wrestlers. 

    We ask what her mum thinks about her life in the ring, hear how she almost missed the phone call of her career and learn why growing up with an autistic brother taught her to see the world differently.

    Whether you’re already into wrestling or not, Mercedes can teach us all a thing or two about following our dreams.

    Mercedes' ‘3am Questions’:

    Favourite book - The Alchemist by Paul Coelho 
    Favourite song - Alright by Kendrick Lamar
    Favourite film - Oldboy

    Mercedes and her husband, WWE costume designer Sarath Ton, support the Soles 4 Souls charity, which aims to provide every homeless child in the USA with a new pair of shoes. You can donate or find out more at:

    https://soles4souls.org/

    We want to hear from you. If you have a brilliant 'Did You Know?' fact, a question for us, a jingle you’ve written or a voice note you want to share, get in touch! We’ll choose a few messages and include them in the audio version of the podcast every episode. You can tweet us your message using the hashtag #normalnotnormal or email us at normalnotnormalpodcast@gmail.com 

    Remember, if you’re sending us a voice note or jingle and you’re under eighteen, please get permission from your parents or guardian.

    Follow us on Twitter:
    @OliverPhelps     
    @James_Phelps
    @SashaBanksWWE

    Normal Not Normal is a Stabl production.
    Produced by Alice Homewood.
    Music 'Not Normal' by Sebastian Forslund and 'Bobby Swing' by The Bladwerk Band
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 59 min

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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This is brilliant

I absolutely enjoy listening to your podcasts. They make me laugh so much. You guys are incredibly funny. I can’t wait for the next seasons to come. 😊😊

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Listen to the podcast in the car and come home and watch it on YouTube to see if I missed anything funny😅 Love hearing all the stories from yourselves and your guests. Love from Australia, Jess x

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Absolutely brilliant I love this podcast so much it’s the highlight of my day keep it up boys I really hope there’s season 3 can’t wait to see more content 💕💕

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