Winona Ryder Shrugs Off Bad Memories & Embraces Ageing & Beauty. Winona Forever!

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When you are a celebrity who has grown up in the celluloid spotlight it becomes increasingly harder and harder to escape the constant glare and scrutiny of the public. Not to mention as you get older. It is difficult enough for women in society with so much pressure to look and feel younger, so when you hear about the emotional trauma and criticism an actress has gone through, it makes you realize we are all human and suffer the same things at one point or another.

Winona Ryder is one of those actresses, like the Drew Barrymores and the Meg Ryans who grew up as a staple part of our film diet in the 90s, making her a household name. She has also been through her fair share of controversy, most notably being caught shoplifting in a major department store. Having your faults plastered all over the tabloids as opposed to your craft must be a rather bitter pill to swallow. Almost like the very industry that made her famous is ready to turn on her and point the finger and laugh.

She recently sat down with Interview Magazine and opened up about life in Hollywood and what it is like to be one of those “ageing women” now being overlooked by the younger generation.

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Her responses were candid, and it made us see that she has learned a lot in her time. Being open and honest about her flaws and failures goes a long way (in our eyes) to inspiring other women to show them just because you have flaws doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful.

The piece is mostly nostalgia about the height of her career and she also talked about the hurdles she overcame within Hollywood. When asked about whether she as scrutinized for her looks she vehemently admits it was an issue for her. She claims she was unusual looking which sometimes worked against her, but we know it scored her the unique standout roles that made her a household name (Edward Scissor Hands, Heathers, Reality Bites…)

“I remember one time in particular. 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.” She was very blunt—I honestly think that she thought she was doing me a favor.”

The startling thing is she was only a teenager which is a crucial time for young girls in terms of how they view themselves.

“I was around 15 or 16. But it’s funny—and this is a testament to my parents and how they raised me—I wasn’t crushed. They had always instilled in me that it was way cooler to be an individual and to be unique and that you don’t want to blend in. So I was lucky in the sense that, for a lot of girls, I think that would’ve just crushed them. It also happened a couple other times.”

While her young adult years were tumultuous in many ways, she is embracing her older years and feels more comfortable in her skin (clearly, from her amazing photos!).

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“I’ve actually felt liberated in a lot of ways as I’ve gotten older—like I kind of secretly enjoy it. That’s one of the reasons, though, that I can’t really engage too much in the Internet. You cannot please everybody. When you start out as a kid and then you have these great roles early on and even into your twenties, you’re doing movies like Reality Bites, people want you to stay the same, but then they kind of don’t. People don’t want you to get older.”

“I’m not trying to knock it, but, you know, I have a little bit of traffic now on my forehead—which I’m like very proud of actually—and it’s interesting how people just instinctively are like, “Oh, maybe you should get something done for that.” And it’s like, “Really?”

So to take away from her life, being unique is cool, don’t listen to people who tell you negative things about your appearance because they aren’t necessarily right, and don’t be afraid of getting older. It’s as if she has finally shrugged off her demons and coming into her own, with a long list of credible films roles to be able to catapult her into the next season of her career.

Hollywood actresses have normal fears just like us, it’s whether we choose to accept ourselves or constantly fight against who we are and what we look like that will make all the difference in our happiness. Please read the full interview and get a sense of how happy and content she is with her life right now.

Winona Forever!

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