Interview with Winona Ryder

Access Hollywood, March 4 1999

Interview with Winona Ryder

AH: Well, here’s an actress who started in the movie business as a youngster and is now one of Hollywood’s most respected actresses. We are on the set of her new movie but you may not realize who she is at first. When we reveal her, we think that you’ll be saying, “Gee, where’s she been?”

Who’s that long haired woman battling a possessed bathroom? It’s Winona Ryder in her new supernatural thriller, “Lost Souls”. And if you didn’t recognize that 27-year-old actress, there’s good reason, Ryder has virtually disappeared from the big screen since she made the grueling “Alien Resurrection” almost two years ago.

WR: I was real tired and I’d done Aliens for six months and I had intended to take six months off. And there wasn’t a good enough reason to go back.

AH: We are on the set with Winona to witness the film that brought her back, a dark tale of a woman battling the devil. For Winona, who chose a career filled with prestigious projects like “The Crucible” and “The Age of Innocence”, she realizes that after her long layoff, she’s ripe for a hit.

WR: I know that it keeps you in the business and every once in a while to have a big hit. But, um, and I am aware of it and I feel the pressure of it. And I know that, you know, I know that I’m kind of due.

AH: Winona, who started acting at age twelve, has thrived by keeping a low profile and letting her work speak for itself.

WR: I think that if I came on now, I wouldn’t have made it. I’ve never had an overnight success. I didn’t become, like, “Winona Ryder!” overnight. People don’t scream when I walk down the street. I don’t even consider myself, really, a movie star.

AH: Well, we do. And Winona fights the devil in “Lost Souls” which is scheduled for an August release. And she told us she hopes the movie will be in the vein of “The Exorcist” or “Rosemary’s Baby”.