LOS ANGELES — In an early episode of the new Netflix supernatural drama “Stranger Things,” a single mother played by Winona Ryder sits in a cubby hole communicating with her youngest son through a tangled ball of blinking Christmas lights. He has vanished under mysterious circumstances. To better understand how to sell such a strange, emotional moment, Ms. Ryder looked no further than her own mother, Cynthia Palmer.
“I don’t have kids, so my mom helped me a lot on this,” Ms. Ryder, 44, said while sitting on a big leather couch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel here, dressed in black jeans and a faded Leonard Cohen T-shirt she bought at a concert in 1988. “I’d call her sometimes and say: ‘Mom, what would you do if every indication is that your child is dead, but you believe that lights are telling you that he isn’t?’ And she’d say: ‘Honey, I’d totally believe that. It’s primal.’”
The pint-size Ms. Ryder storms through “Stranger Things” (available for streaming on July 15), generating what Matt and Ross Duffer, the twins who created the series, described as an essential “Winona-ness,” an air of fragility and feisty determination. “She has a very intense energy about her, Winona does, a wiry unpredictability, a sort of anxiousness that we thought we’d really lean into,” Matt Duffer said about what inspired the brothers to incorporate some of Ms. Ryder’s traits.
Stranger Things is now streaming worldwide on Netflix! Go watch it and, hey, it will be not my fault if you get hooked upon episode one, okay?
Check below the first 8 minutes of episode one!
How it all begins: The Vanishing of Will Byers
A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Shawn Levy also serves as director. Stranger Things is a Netflix original series.
Winona is on cover of the digital magazine The Edit, on its current issue. I uploaded digital scans in our gallery, check it:
Scans of the most recent TV & Satellite Week UK magazine, featuring Winona on cover, has been added in our gallery. It has an interview with her inside.
Update: Added also a scan of current TV Times magazine (also from UK).
Our gallery was updated with additional Stranger Things promotional stills, and also a new behind-the-scenes image featuring Winona.
I was hoping Winona to be featured in at least one magazine this month due Stranger Things release, and I was right. Still waiting for a major US magazine, but here’s she, looking extremely beautiful on August cover of Harper’s Bazaar Germany.
I just got my digital issue and took prints to be added in our gallery. Will work in translating the article later.