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11 Reasons to Love Winona Ryder

By Agent Bedhead | Seriously Random Lists | October 3, 2012 | Comments ()


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Winona Ryder is, quite simply, a goddess. Known for her unconventional beauty, she starred in Tim Burton films before their current, over-Depped incarnation. After a few decades, Winona's certainly experienced her ups and downs, career wise, but she's back in fighting form with The Iceman, which recently premiered and the Venice and TIFF film festivals. Is she back for good this time? God, I hope so. Here are eleven reasons to love Winona Ryder.

Winona arrives in Hollywood as a total dork: "In the scripts for my first four movies, my character was always described as 'homely' or 'freakish.' I was actually really into that because I loved Ruth Gordon and I wanted to be like a cool character actress." - Interview Magazine

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Winona inspired the term "Wino Forever": Johnny Depp just couldn't bear to completely erase that tattoo or her memory from his life. Can you blame him?

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Winona knew Mel Gibson was nuts before you did: "I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!" -- GQ

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Sean Penn still owes Winona $500: "When I was about 18, Sean Penn made a bet with me. He had just directed his first movie, and he's like, 'By the time you're 30, I will bet you $500 that you'll be sick of acting.' I'm still waiting to collect, because I'm not." -- Elle

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Darren Aronofsky couldn't stop rolling the camera on Winona in Black Swan: "There's one scene with her, where I think I did 20 or 30 takes, which is a lot. But the reason I did so many is because I couldn't believe that was all [the time] I was going to get with Winona Ryder. I really just wanted to keep working with her." -- Elle

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Winona wanted Angelina Jolie to have the showy Girl, Interrupted part: "I never had any bad feelings about Angelina. And I was hurt that people thought that. Everyone assumed I was really jealous because I thought this would be my vehicle. We said from the very beginning that the actress who played Lisa would probably win an Oscar, because it was the big, great, showy part. But I always related to Susanna." -- Blackbook

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Winona gushes over Tim Burton like other starlets do about Woody Allen: "I just love spending time with him, so it never feels like work. He's someone I'd honestly do anything for. I'd read the phone book for him. He's so special. And I think he also opened the door for so many other people." -- Fandango

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Yet Winona still realizes Beetlejuice 2 is a bad idea: "[H]er response was a heavy sigh, a roll of the eyes, and a 'Yeah, that would be...great.'" -- Flixist

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Winona was Veronica bloody Sawyer in Heathers: "We were joking about taglines on the set, and we came up with one that was, 'Love. Lust. Murder. Heathers: The Last Teen Film.' We really wanted to make the teen film to end all teen films." -- Interview Magaine]

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Winona probably doesn't Google herself: "I don't use the Internet, but apparently you can find out everything on it. I have my e-mail on my BlackBerry, and that's about it. I've never read a blog, ever. I feel like it's taking away that great anticipation of seeing a movie. It used to be you'd hear, like, Al Pacino was making a movie, and you wouldn't know anything about it." -- Elle

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Winona embraces the aging process: "I'm now 40 and I'm actually psyched for 40 and psyched to get older because I think you get more comfortable with yourself, and it's more interesting, and the roles -- the size doesn't really matter. Usually those kinds of roles are more interesting." -- Us Weekly

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Winona's paid her dues: After that pesky 2001 shoplifting arrest, Winona was largely ostracized from Hollywood and fought her way back after several years. These days, Lindsay Lohan still gets hired after multiple DUIs, several jail and rehab stints, and being a drugged up mess who can't show up on set. Where's the justice in that?

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Agent Bedhead lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She and her little black heart can be found at Celebitchy.



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  • Haystacks

    I agree with almost everything...but embracing getting older? That new facelift is doing her no favors whatsoever.

  • kirbyjay

    I got caught shoplifting when I was 13. Cured me forever.
    Has she ever approached the deed in any interviews? I'm really curious as to the why?

  • Adrien

    Her godfather is Timothy Leary.

  • itsjon

    In my opinion the most underrated actress of her generation.plus she's one of nature's finest creations.

  • Idle Primate

    that was a good list. i didn't realise she was still acting. last thing i saw her in, other than scanner darkly, was girl interupted.

    she got caught stealing? was that like, a mental issue, drugs?

  • A. Smith

    ...and still no mention that she's Spock mom.

    I've been a fan of this lady since Heathers. I'm still surprised I saw it as young as I did.

  • Spock's mom!

  • John W

    I wished I looked that good at 40.

  • Scottieboy

    Winona Ryder is not 40. She is not and never will be.

  • e jerry powell

    Eh. She's a'ight.

  • fribbley

    Winona stole my heart years ago, and I never reported the crime.

  • I like to think that Sean Penn made that bet exactly in the Jeff Spiccoli voice - and pulling that face too. In fact Winona's just out of shot there.
    And yeah there's something about the chick that I love. Or at least 11 things.

  • Also not much hotter than a smoking woman smoking.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Yes, if the worst she has done was shoplifting... I mean, come ON... Who hasn't shoplifted?

  • googergieger

    *raises hand*

    That is right. THE MEXICAN!

    Well I mean to be fair, my friends and me used to get milk, Hershey's syrup, and scramble it in our mouths in stores. Why? I haven't a clue. Tasted good, I imagine. I swear to Bob, I had a point when I started this.

  • Guest

    I shoplifted many years ago and I was caught and it was one of the worst times of my life. I think about it to this day because now I have kids. It was just such a horrible thing...getting arrested, etc. SO degrading. And I really still harbor some self-loathing because I did this thing. So when I heard she had shoplifted, I think I loathed her the way I loathed myself for this. It's just so ...low. I hold this against her WAY more than I hold stuff I've never done against other celebrities (like using poor grammar and hoping I made my point regardless). I mean, I know it's supposed to work in reverse...I'm supposed to be able to relate to her and pity her, but how can I when I still kind of hate myself for doing this thing? Maybe if I'd been an adulterer I'd like Bill Clinton less. .... Nah.

    But also, I think she's kind of a lame actress. Mina Harker. Blerggghhh.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    How is she an unconventional beauty? She's THE conventional beauty. She's the original MPDG.

  • Idle Primate

    i would have gone with plain or homely, rather than unconventionally beautiful, so i guess its all in the eyes of the beholder. and who would use MPDG as a complement?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    It wasn't a compliment. It was a stated fact. MPDGs are the girls every woman should allegedly aspire to be, according to every romantic movie from the past 2 decades.

  • True_Blue

    Ditto. Looking like someone out of a 19th century painting of a society lady is "unconventional" now? I guess that means bleached, botoxed and fake-tanned anorexic is the "norm" in Hollywood now...how depressing.

  • AudioSuede

    Lest we forget that we should also love her because she had sex with a ventriloquist's dummy in The Ten.

  • JenVegas

    Wino Forever and Ever she's still totally my hero. I love her. MORE WINONA ON MY MOVIE SCREENS PLEASE HOLLYWOOD!

  • Matt C.

    Also, she went on a date with Rhett Miller.

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