Winona Ryder Recalls Teenage Heartbreak

For the past seven years, Winona Ryder has lived mostly out of the spotlight.

Now, with a role in Star Trek and the release of another movie – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – opening in Europe soon and in the U.S. in the fall, the actress, 37, is talking about the strain of being in the public eye.

Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp after co-starring with him in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands (they split when she was 19), says one of her first big challenges was dealing heartache during the height of her fame.

“I had just done Dracula and Edward Scissorhands. I had just had my first real break-up, the first heartbreak,” she tells Pippa Lee director Rebecca Miller, who interviewed her for the U.K. edition of Elle, out Wednesday.

“And I think it was really ironic because, like, everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak, but inside I was completely lost.

“I remember feeling, ‘I can’t complain about anything, because I’m so lucky, I’m so lucky.’ After that I realized I needed to take time off more [regularly].”

These days, Ryder says, she has more balance in her life. In the last five years, she says, “I have really tried to develop a whole life so when I work I can come home to something [else].”

She adds, “I would freak out when I wasn’t working yet I was exhausted, so I had to learn to take care of myself.”

Ryder says she admires Kate Winslet for her ability to have it all. “During the Oscars, I was thinking about how she totally has that thing, she has her family and children and life and she seems really together and solid – and yet she can completely devastate you on the screen.”

Ryder hasn’t lost the edginess that made her the Generation X poster girl. She tells the magazine that she always thought it was “cooler to be interesting than to be pretty” and that, she “never wanted to be beautiful, I never wanted to be a cheerleader.”

Source: People.com

11 Comments on “Winona Ryder Recalls Teenage Heartbreak”

  1. Hope to get the mag soon – as it’s now on the elleuk website does it mean the mag is out?

    And I also hope Winona realizes that for her real fans she’s at first an amazing actress, secondly a wonderful and interesting woman, thirdly but clearly not last a true beauty – I hope she don’t thinks its wrong to be all that….

    Also can’t wait to see the full pics in the mag….

  2. Thinking of our angel , Winona everyday as praying for her happiness from bottom of my heart (*^^*)

  3. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE WINONA AND I THINK IT’S TIME FOR HER TO KICK SOME ASSES, BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE CLOSED THE DOOR TO HER AND DIDN’T TRUST HER AFTER THE SHOPLIFTING THOUGH THEY KNEW SHE WAS A GREAT ACTRESS!!! I WANT TO SEE HJER IN THE BIG SCREEN AGAIN WITH A LEADING ROLE TO SHUT THEIR MOUTHS UP!! KISSES FROM GREECE NONI!!

  4. I’m so happy to see beautiful Winona acting again. She has so much talent. We 30 somethings grew up watching her and miss seeing her on screen as much as we used to. This comeback has been a wish of many! I’m ecstatic to see her on the cover of Elle! <3

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