Winona Ryder Stays Weird, Takes On New Roles (Netflix Included!)

Before “True Detective” brought gothic drama to the mainstream, there was Winona Ryder. Since her 1988 debut in Beetlejuice, Winona’s paved the way for indie girls everywhere—”Live people ignore the strange and unusual. I, myself, am strange and unusual,” she said. Winona’s weirdness is partly responsible, (along with Angelina Jolie) for the revival of a late 80s, early 90s aesthetic—It’s no surprise that now, Marc Jacobs, who’s arguably in need of a comeback, might recruit Winona to pose as the face of his new line. Additionally, Winona’s signed on to star in a yet to be named Netflix original series about the Montauk Project, the highly mythicized government project on Long Island, and the the conspiracy theories, and paranormal reports surrounding it. She’ll play Joyce, the working-class mother of a missing boy.

Winona Ryder has always been a weirdo. She grew up on a commune called “Rainbow” in a remote region of Mendocino County in northern California. Always a self-identified loner, Winona was bullied when she was in school for her looks—being thin and androgynous wasn’t part of a ‘look’ at thirteen— so she was homeschooled until she enrolled in acting school, at age 12.

As a child, she says, she was an unlikely star—’I was in the middle of auditioning, and I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, ‘Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from and you should go to school. You don’t have it.”

Maybe that’s what’s iconic about Winona—she was never flawless. She never wasn’t weird. Her voice was deep like a boys and she wore backwards caps like the boys. She’s aquaphobic. She was arrested for shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of merchandise at Saks Fifth Ave, for god’s sake. ‘I think a lot of people think that that is what sort of sent me off in another direction, ” she said. “But I was actually starting to have some trouble a few years before.’


Post-scandal, Winona exited Hollywood for some much-needed time off. But there was never cause to worry—”Some time goes by,” she said, “And, for me, it was this realization that I still love acting – and that I still wanted to do it.'”

Until Winona’s Netflix series come out, it would only benefit your life to follow WinonaRyderForever on Instagram. 


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