EW – Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves might be married…in Romania.
While promoting their upcoming rom-com Destination Wedding, Ryder revealed to EW that their movie love might extend off screen because she’s not entirely sure the pair didn’t have a real wedding back in 1992 while filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Musing about her feelings on weddings alongside Reeves, Ryder told EW, “We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to god I think we’re married in real life.”
“In that scene, Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest,” she added. “We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.”
Reeves took the news in stride and joked, “It’s lovely to see you again.” But Ryder reminded him that they went through the entire ceremony and said their “I dos.”
When Reeves asked, “We said yes?” Ryder responded, “Don’t you remember that? It was on Valentine’s Day.” This left Reeves no choice but to conclude, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.” It seems America’s favorite ’90s onscreen Goth couple might have made a commitment they never knew about. Sounds like the makings of a perfect rom-com.
If you want more unexpected romance from the pair (this time in San Luis Obispo, Calif., rather than Romania), they can be seen as misanthropic wedding guests who find a reluctant connection in Destination Wedding, hitting theaters Aug. 31.
LA Times published an amazing interview with Winona and David Harbour (to please our #Jopper hearts!), alongside a pretty portrait, which you can find in our gallery. Hopefully more will be released later. Check below the interview, as well.
Sitting inside the Dolby Theatre’s lounge shortly before a PaleyFest panel for “Stranger Things,” Winona Ryder hears the roar of the not-so-distant crowd and she’s a little confused.
“What is that?” Ryder asks David Harbour.
“It’s the cast of ‘The Wire,’ Winona,” Harbour teases, as it should be self-evident, since they’re about an hour from taking the stage with their “Stranger Things” cast mates, what all the hubbub is about.
“I went to the PaleyFest event for ‘The Wire,’” Ryder replies, ignoring him. “And I was in the audience, kind of going crazy like that. I mean, I got to meet Bunk …” and here Ryder, as she will, veers off into a bit of a beautiful tangent about the actor Wendell Pierce, who played Det. William “The Bunk” Moreland on David Simon’s celebrated series before circling back to the screaming fans unleashing an explosive clamor upon the young cast members of “Stranger Things.”
“I didn’t even think about boys until I was 16,” Ryder tells Harbour. “When I was 12, boys were the last thing on my mind.” She pauses, frowning. “I worry about them. It’s overwhelming. You think it’s going to last forever. There has always been this false narrative that if you’re an actor, fame comes with the territory and you have to relinquish everything. I remember when all that mattered was that you were in a good movie. That sounds ridiculous today.”
Today, Ryder and Harbour are the adults in the room, anchoring the sideways secrets of “Stranger Things’” Upside Down world with wrenching, emotional performances. Their characters — Harbour’s police chief Jim Hopper and Ryder’s single mother Joyce Byers — have a history that encompasses the past (they dated in high school), the present (Hopper repeatedly helps rescue Joyce’s luckless son, Will) and, undoubtedly, the future. Their on-screen chemistry has turned Joyce and Hopper into one of television’s most shipped pairs (#Jopper), a designation they both relish.
“I’m so hungry to work with Winona because she’s willing to cut me and be cut and we’ll bleed together,” Harbour says. “And that’s a rare thing.”
The Guardian has published an article with some insights of Winona’s career and, as the article stated, why Hollywood wouldn’t let her grown up.
Words by Soraya Roberts
Winona Ryder first became a mother on film when she was 36. In 2007, she was hired by Star Trek reboot director JJ Abrams to play Spock’s mum. It was a cameo and only a handful of lines – basically amounting to her being a proud mother – before she fell off a cliff. Abrams had chosen Ryder as an homage to Richard Donner’s Superman, in which the supporting roles were also filled with known faces. “I thought it would be great to have an actress who people would recognise,” Abrams said at the time. And they did, only this was an actress they recognised for her adolescence, not her adulthood.
Now aged 45, icon of youth or not, Ryder is an undeniable adult and adulthood for women means motherhood. She has played a mother three more times on screen and each time it has been a variation on an age-old Hollywood theme.
Before this era of her working life the last major starring role of Ryder’s film career was Girl, Interrupted in 1999, when she was 28 playing 18. “I went from weirdo teenager to pixie waif to them not knowing what the hell to do with me,” she told the New York Times last year. Part of it was her advancing age – Hollywood had locked her in as an ingenue, but she was no longer young enough to play one – though it was also the public’s perception of her that had changed.
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.
â€œBeing the ingÃ©nue is fun for a while, and if you are lucky you get a couple of years. I feel like I got really lucky because I had a lot longer than that. And part of me never thought that I would still be acting now, so I relish the work. Thereâ€™s a lot of pressure in Hollywood on women to stay younger looking, which I donâ€™t quite understand.â€