Time has published a very large and great interview with Winona (with the never used before title “making her comeback”). On the interview she talked about the show, her personal life, obviously about Johnny Depp, and nostalgia. Check it:
When you meet Winona Ryder, it’s hard to shake the feeling that she belongs to another era. It’s not just that she doesn’t appear to have aged a day since she reached icon status in the 1990s with films like Edward Scissorhands and Girl, Interrupted. It’s also the way she lives her life. She says that she still keeps old cassette tapes of important voicemails and bootleg VHS tapes of concerts. It took her an “embarrassingly long time” to figure out how to take a selfie on her phone. On the topic of the Internet she muses, “I do wonder sometimes if part of me didn’t want to have kids because it’s such a crazy world. You really can’t control what they see.”
Luckily for her, this era—that is, the present one—also belongs to another era. Nostalgia is the strongest tide in Hollywood, from sequels and reboots to original films that harken back to a bygone era—and nobody evokes the past quite like Winona Ryder.
Sure, Winona Ryder has a movie to promote â€” â€œHomefront,â€ starring Jason Statham â€” but sheâ€™d much rather talk about Lou Reed, if thatâ€™s OK. â€œI was supposed to see [the movie], but then Lou Reed died and I had to go to his memorial. And you know, I just havenâ€™t been able to. But I usually see something before talking about it,â€ Ryder says with a laugh. â€And itâ€™s also my first, like, this kind of movie.â€
Iâ€™m still a bit broken up about Lou Reed, actually.
Yeah, I know. I am, too. Itâ€™s weird, isnâ€™t it? I know he was 71, but I just didnâ€™t expect it. I did not know him well. I had to follow him at Allen Ginsbergâ€™s [memorial], giving eulogies. Itâ€™s like the scariest thing, following Lou Reed. But he was Lou Reed, you know?
Well, he was such a huge presence.
Last night, I was at a party for a movie that a friend of mine did, and there were theseâ€¦ â€œyounger people.â€ (laughs) Theyâ€™re talking about music, and it was like they didnâ€™t know that he was in the Velvet Underground, they didnâ€™t know anything about him. And they play music. I was like, â€œWalk on the Wild Side?â€ â€œSweet Jane?â€ Like, the big ones, and they didnâ€™t know them. Itâ€™s just crushing, you know? I actually played it on my phone for them.
When Winona Ryder turned 40, she reached a landmark age that would send many Hollywood actresses into a tailspin and into the arms of a cosmetic surgeon. For Ryder, however, it was cause for celebration and optimism about what the future might hold. â€œI love getting older,â€ she says. â€œAnd I was really excited to turn 40. I feel like the older you get, the more yourself you become, and I think the roles, even if they are smaller, are more interesting.â€
And itâ€™s true. Lately, sheâ€™s been playing some meaty characters â€“ an ageing ballerina crushed at giving way to a younger dancer in Black Swan, the wife of a hitman in her latest, The Iceman â€“ and even though they are not the leading roles of her teen heyday, sheâ€™s not complaining.
Winona Ryder recently worked on a film, Frankenweenie, with Beetlejuice director and Edward Scissorhands director/producer Tim Burton. This, along with news of Bravoâ€™s forthcoming Heathers small screen reboot, means buzz has been mounting around the forty-year-old actress. Thereâ€™ve even been talks of a Beetlejuice sequel.
Ryder, whose most notable recent film role was as a crazy person in Black Swan, has never not looked incredible in a movie. Weâ€™re pretty sure it would be impossible to make her look bad, as sheâ€™s proven time and time again that thereâ€™s not a time period, sanity level, or hairdo she canâ€™t pull off.
Or maybe sheâ€™s just been fortunate enough to portray some seriously stylish people. From Heathers to Reality Bites to Lucas, click through for Winona Ryderâ€™s best fashion moments in film.
“Iâ€™ve loved making movies,” Winona Ryder said in Toronto earlier this week when reflecting back on her 26-year career. “I feel like Iâ€™ve been so lucky because Iâ€™ve gotten to be in movies that are some of my favorites, regardless of my being in them — like ‘Heathers.'”
Ryder — who turns 41 in October (though she still looks like she’s 30) — made her official debut in the 1986 high school drama “Lucas.” The small, well-recieved role helped lead to a duo of late 1980s leads — as Lydia in “Beetlejuice” and as Veronica in “Heathers” — that propelled her to become an icon of her generation.
“I was very lucky because Tim Burton really gave me a career,” she said. “I donâ€™t think Hollywood wouldâ€™ve known what to do with me. If I hadnâ€™t done ‘Beetlejuice,’ I think I wouldâ€™ve just gone back to my school.”
Ryder also rightfully considers “Heathers” — released a year after “Beetlejuice” in 1989 — a pivotal moment in her early career.
“They didnâ€™t want me for it,” she recalled. “I wasnâ€™t pretty enough. I had to go a mall and get my makeup done, and then I just begged them and begged them. That was a kind of turning point because that was kind of the first movie where Iâ€™d played someone who was attractive. And then that led to a lot of films.”
But when talking to Indiewire during the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week (where she’s promoting her latest film, Ariel Vromen’s “The Iceman”), Ryder is quick to discourage young actors currently trying to follow in her footsteps.
“If I were 18 right now, I wouldnâ€™t want to become an actress, I know that much,” she said. “It’s just a different business now. Instant access surveillance, itâ€™s just crazy. Now everyone wants to know everything in such a different way… I mean, there’s already so much pressure when youâ€™re a kid. You’re uprooted and move to L.A. First they like you, then youâ€™re told they donâ€™t like you. Itâ€™s a lot of pressure when at the same time you’re going through puberty. But now these paparazzi literally follow people around. Itâ€™s really criminal stuff and itâ€™s scary to me.”
While Ryder may never have had to experience the intensity of being a teen actress in today’s paparazzian landscape, she’s hardly avoided it altogether. Her relationship (and breakup) with Johnny Depp’s was most definitely the early 1990s pop-culture equivalent to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. And, of course, her 2001 shoplifting arrest didn’t exactly go unnoticed.
But Ryder has shifted her priorities as of late, finding comfort in a quieter life outside of Hollywood.
Winona Ryder has been working steadily for years, following a hiatus in the wake of her sensationalized shoplifting conviction dating back to an incident in 2001 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Yet many people, including media who don’t do their homework, seem to think that every new movie is a miraculous “comeback” from total obscurity.
So there was Ryder again defending herself and her career at Monday’s Toronto filmfest press conference for her latest film, the drama The Iceman. Ryder plays Deborah Kuklinski, the wife of true-life mob contract killer Richard Kuklinski, who is portrayed by Michael Shannon. The same film just screened at the Venice filmfest and Ryder said she got the same question there.
“I’ve been asked that question a bit in Venice and I don’t know if I’m developing a little bit of a complex, because I don’t know if you’re saying: ‘We missed you!’ or you’re saying: ‘What are you doing here? You’re not welcome!’ ”
Ryder, now 40 and living happily in San Francisco, said she is enjoying her age, her life and her career as an actress who works only when the role calls to her. Like it did in Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman. Continue reading No phoenix force driving Ryder