In 2001, Gen X’s golden girl was tarnished.
Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting at Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue in an incident that is now Tinseltown lore. The Stranger Things star later explained that she broke her arm and the pain medication her doctor prescribed left her disoriented. Back then, it was a sensational story that was gobbled up by the tabloids.
“I’ve definitely retired,” Ryder, now 50, said in the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar of the arrest that temporarily halted her career. “I was in San Francisco. But I didn’t get any offers either. I think it was a very mutual break.”
Previously, the doe-eyed brunette’s phone had never stopped ringing after she appeared in the 1986 coming-of-age film Lucas. The former genius has starred in a string of hits including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and the seminal ’90s slacker film Reality Bites.
But Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early ’90s, struggled under the showbiz microscope. After the couple split in 1993, her life predicted her future art. “That was my real ‘Girl, Interrupted’ life,” she said of the 1999 film she produced, in which her character suffers a nervous breakdown and finds herself in a psychiatric facility.
She credits “an incredible therapist” with helping her be kinder to herself. “I just wasn’t taking care of myself,” she said.
Michelle Pfieffer, her co-star in 1993’s The Age of Innocence, also offered her advice and empathy.
“I remember Michelle saying, ‘This will pass.’ But I couldn’t hear it,” Ryder said.
“I never spoke about it. There’s that part of me that’s very private. I have such a place in my heart for these days. But for someone who’s younger and grew up with social media, it’s hard to describe.”
Having weathered the ups and downs of Hollywood in the ’80s and ’90s, Ryder now has the wisdom to offer something to her younger co-stars in Netflix’s Stranger Things, particularly Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on the show.
“She spoke to the kids about what celebrity is like and what the press can be like and the fear and confusion that comes with celebrity,” show co-creator Ross Duffer told the magazine.
“I think she really helped them. I know she was particularly helpful in helping Millie process this. And this is something that nobody else can really help with because so few people have experienced it. It’s nothing I understand. It’s not something even a parent wouldn’t understand.”
Her life experience also benefited the screenplay. Co-star David Harbor said Ryder is interjecting to clean up historical details of the show, which celebrates the second half of its fourth season on Friday.
“She told them, ‘This song actually came out in ’85, and you got it in ’83.’ She knew all these tiny details that they didn’t even know, and they had to change things in the script based on that.”
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