The Sunday Times Culture Magazine: 14.10.12
“Winona has been animated at last…”
She changed the way cinema depicts women, then disappeared. Reunited with Tim Burton on a new cartoon, Winona tells Jonathan Dean what itâ€™s like to be lost.
The slow crawl to Disneyland, on roads such as Magic Way, is lined with palm trees. At two in the afternoon on what the radio announces is the second day of autumn, theyâ€™re the only shelter other than Buzz Lightyear banners or the vast foyer of the Grand Californian Hotel. The latter is accomodation designed by fans of The Shining: floral chic, cobwebbed, brainwashed staff. Kids in swimming costumes run around in Mickey Mouse ears. I head staright for the lift.
Why is a thitrysomething man hanging out in Waltâ€™s kingdom all by himself? The answer, oddly, is the icon of early-1990s cinema, the goth poster girl for the alternative nation, Winona Ryder, who is waiting in a suite on the hotelâ€™s fourth floor. Iâ€™m also going to spend the half-hour with Martin Short, but I havenâ€™t really told anyone that. Heâ€™s lovely telling me about a recent family reunion in London with his â€œfabulousâ€ politician cousin, Clare, but you donâ€™t fly 11 hours to meet Martin Short. He was hilarious in Father of the Bride, but, with the best will in the world, he has never changed the way people make films. Ryder, though, did.
Dressed in loose black trousers, a black jacket and a white T-shirt, with her hair tied back, she talks with a quiver in her voice, brown eyes darting, eager to please or, maybe, just nice. Short is in a casual suit, reclining on a sofa, staring at me like an ever-watchful chaperone. Yes, Ryder shoplifted back in 2001, but for anyone who wants to continue to laugh at that, thereâ€™s the internet. Besides Hollywood has worse. People still work with Roman Polanski. Ryderâ€™s hero, Jodie Foster has a close relationship with Mel Gibson. This is an industry that rewards sinners who arenâ€™t contrite. Ryder has constantly said sheâ€™s sorry. Continue reading The Star Who Vanished Article