Esquire Magazine pick up 75 women in history, among politicians, pop stars and other female personalities. Winona Ryder got placed at 58. ♥
We prefer to remember early-’90s Winona. Edward Scissorhands, Mermaids, Dracula, Reality Bites Winona. Charming Winona.
Winona Ryder in Heathers
First of all, the precocious Winona Ryder of four years ago gets credit for having the nerve and intelligence to go after this role to begin with. She knew that the subversive, satirical and blackly humorous script for this film would indeed play on-screen and that she could play in it. So far, itâ€™s the best of the movies sheâ€™s been inâ€”and that includes Bram Stokerâ€™s Dracula, folks.
As the disgruntled Veronica in a band of hilariously vicious high-school cliquettes, the other three of whom are all named Heather, Ryder gave a performance that took her out of the screen corps of resonant, prepubescent ducklings and put her in a league of her own, as a smart, unexpectedly beautiful young woman sporting an unearned but charming irony. Hitting upon the perfect strategy for carrying an ultrasurreal girl-coming-of-age story, she plays Veronica as if she were just your average popular girl in a fairly realistic story about the vicissitudes of teen life. Ryder was perfectly aware of the filmmakersâ€™ concept, which was that only the blackest surrealism could get at the reality of teenage humiliation and despair. She knew that if she brought only a normal quantity of sneering, eye-rolling and glaring to the plot points it would all come off as fabulously weird and true. So, as Veronica gets happily seduced by the literally devilish Jason Dean (Christian Slater) and turns semi-wittingly homicidal, Ryder becomes increasingly believable within a revenge fantasy of deliberately increasing unbelievability.
The more outrageous the proceedings (Veronica and Jason knocking off one of the Heathers and two jocks), the more crucial Ryderâ€™s grounded performance becomes, and the more consistently she keeps us involved in Veronicaâ€™s confusion and emerging strength of character. None of the actors in this film plays for laughs, which is why it succeeds in making us laugh, but the underlying sincerity in Ryderâ€™s performance is especially important because it is the key to the filmâ€™s moral center (and, while making jokes about teen suicide, it does have one). Heathers sets out to redeem teen mentality in the only way possible, by mercilessly eradicating the sentimentality with which its fucked-up cruelties and quests are habitually viewed. Ryderâ€™s vanity-free, dignified take on her ridiculous, conflicted characterâ€”whose moment of triumph is to watch her ex-lover blow himself upâ€”serves this purpose well and raises Heathers to the level of a minor classic.
Old photos, old magazine, but new addition to the gallery. Thanks to GinAndTonica we have scans of July 1994 issue of “The Face”.
Winona is in the latest issue (5-11 november 2009) of “L’express Styles”, the supplement of L’Express, a very well known magazine in France.
Michael Futura has translated the article for us, so take a minute, click on “read more” to read it.
A big thanks to Mel for scanning it for us.
3 reasons to (re) discover Winona Ryder
At 37 years, the actress made her comeback in The Private Lives of Pippa LeeA moving film by Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller. Exclusive for L’Express Styles, it is revealed in privacy. Continue reading Winona at L’Express Styles magazine
Winona is cover of November issue of C Magazine, in an absurd stunning picture. The cover is part of her come back, since Pippa Lee is being released on November 27. Click on the thumbnail to see the full cover, and if you’re on USA and have access to this magazine and can scan it to us, PLEASE! I don’t have access to it here in Brazil. Thank you.