Winona Ryder has revealed details about her high-profile heartbreak with Johnny Depp.
Following her split from Edward Scissorhands co-star Depp in 1993, Ryder was in immense “pain,” she revealed in a sizzling interview.
“That was my real ‘Girl, Interrupted’ life,” Ryder, 50, told Harper’s Bazaar on Tuesday, comparing her past role as a psychiatric patient to her real heartbreak.
The couple dated for four years and even got engaged before splitting.
“I remember Michelle [Pfieffer] like, ‘This will pass.’ But I couldn’t hear it,” Ryder said of her former co-star. “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.”
The Stranger Things star said she was eventually able to heal with the help of an “incredible therapist” and some self-motivation.
She recalled a time when she played a tormented character on “The House of Spirits” and wondered if she would treat this girl – her character – the same way she treated herself.
“I would look at those fake bruises and cuts on my face [from the shoot], and I would have a hard time seeing myself as that little girl. ‘Would you treat this girl the way you treat yourself?'” she said. “I remember looking at myself and saying, ‘This is what I’m doing to myself inside.’ Because I just wasn’t taking care of myself.”
But the turning point really came when she was arrested for shoplifting in Beverly Hills in 2001, when Ryder “definitely retired,” she said.
“It’s so interesting when you look at the early beginnings. It was kind of a cruel time. There was a lot of meanness out there,” she said. “And then I remember coming back to LA and — it was a tough time. And I didn’t know if that part of my life was over.”
At the time, she continued, she was at a point mentally where she “just wanted to quit,” she told Porter magazine in 2016.
“I won’t go into what happened, but it wasn’t what people think. And it wasn’t the crime of the century!” Ryder recalled at the time. “But it gave me time that I really needed, where I went back to San Francisco and got back into things that … I honestly just had other interests.”
But despite it all, she flocked to Depp’s side when he needed her most.
In 2020, Ryder defended Depp during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard in the UK, calling him a “good man” and saying she felt “very safe with him”.
“The idea of him being an incredibly violent person is the furthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved,” she said in a statement at the time. “I can’t deal with these allegations. He was never, never violent towards me. He never, ever insulted me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anyone I have seen.”
On June 1, here in the United States, a Virginia jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages — further reduced to $10.35 million due to caps imposed by state law — after finding that Heard had killed him wrongly portrayed as an abuser in a Washington Post op-ed. The trial damaged his reputation and career.
In a subsequent interview, Heard told the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie that whatever she said at the booth, she would stand firm.
“Until the day I die, I will stand by every word I say,” Heard said.
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