Winona Ryder (of all people) covers the December issue of V Magazine. Isn’t it bizarre they picked her? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved Winona – even when she was going through that bizarre shoplifting phase. I guess she landed the cover to promote her new movie, ‘Homefront,’ where she plays a biker gang chick who sells meth and kidnaps children. Sounds fun. She stars opposite James Franco, which immediately turns me off of the movie, because the guy kinda drives me nuts.
The photographs are by Mario Testino, and I think she looks okay. I’m not really feeling it, but maybe it’s supposed to go along with her new “gritty” role?
She’s tired of hearing “comeback”: “It’s no fault of the press, they only have a few minutes with each person. In one way, it’s not offensive at all. But it’s like, the word ‘comeback’ makes you feel like you’re standing in line for another chance, like in Oliver when he steps up and says ‘Please sir, can I have some more?’ ‘MORE?!’”
She was mistaken for a boy in middle school: “The lore! That did happen. I was obsessed with Bugsy Malone and had cut my hair short. I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting ‘f—-t,’ and I didn’t think they were talking to me. Walking home after leaving the nurse’s office–and I’ve never talked about this–I remember pressing on the bandage because I wanted it to look more dramatic. I had this inner monologue going of Humphrey Bogart, like, ‘being roughed up!’ I was pretending I was in some gangster movie. It was oddly my way of dealing with it, because if I didn’t, I probably would have been really scared.”
That incident led to her Lucas audition: “Had I not been homeschooled I would not have been able to go. It’s almost weird fate that it happened that way.”
On Hollywood magic: “I love movies. What I love about Martin Scorsese is that he finds something good about everything–he never has anything bad to say. He finds the one good thing in movies that are kind of unbearable. So, I’ll find the moment and I’ll sit through something, even when it’s on TV. It’s why we keep going back–we’re waiting to relive that moment, and it’s wonderful! I’ve worked with actors who make a big point of telling you that they don’t go to the movies. And you’re like…then why are you doing this? And how can you be so good? I always wonder if it’s true or not.”
On defying ageism: “If you look at Bette Davis, she did all these incredible movies and then she didn’t work for a little while, and then she did All About Eve. I always wondered if she was jumping the gun with age, which she also did in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? But in my eyes she was still so beautiful and unique. There’s no one like her.”
On staying relevant: “It used to be that you commit to something and then basically you spend your year doing that. Now there’s a constant conversation of how you have to keep working in order to remind people that you’re around. You have to work to be relevant. If you don’t then people will forget and the studios won’t want you because they won’t remember the last thing you did that made money. It’s all about knowing when to listen to that conversation and–without sounding really hokey–when to tune it out and follow your heart. I was fired from a movie because I did Heathers! I was cast in a movie and the director saw an advance screening and was offended by it and fired me. It wasn’t until years later that it became more appreciated.”
On her younger peers: “I was recently asked about Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. In answering I was very genuine, and I did say I thought they were both incredibly talented. But I mentioned something about their privacy and how my heart goes out to them, and the feedback I got was like, ‘How dare she!’ It’s just another example of something being taken out of context, the interpretation was that I pitied them or something. I guess people decide to take things a certain way for headlines or Internet hits. But these are great actresses! I don’t know what they think of me. I would never give advice because I would feel very presumptuous. Their success is very different than mine was, and it’s a different time.”
I guess people like me are to blame for her having to make that “comeback” comment. I brought up the shoplifting thing in the first couple paragraphs. I can’t help it! I think most people kinda see it as a “comeback” not because of the shoplifting, but because it’s been a while since she was really in the limelight. She’s turned into somewhat of a recluse!
TWO MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP!
Posted by: Jocelyn
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 10:10am
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