You’ve gotta love Winona Ryder. She’s a great actress with some secret fountain of youth and a love of the classic “five finger discount”, if you will, and I’m glad to see her career taking off again. Well, here’s something extra awesome about her: she doesn’t really give a shit about wearing fancy designer clothes to big events. In fact, plenty of the dresses she wears to awards shows have cost her $10 or less and are things she’s picked off the discount racks at thrift stores!
“Most of my wardrobe is vintage and I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10.
“At Sean Penn’s last Haiti gala I wore this vintage dress that I’d worn to a film premiere in 2005. I know that’s kind of a no-no in the fashion world, but why wear something just once if you love it?”
I’m with you on that, girl. I love me a bargain!
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Winona Ryder is maybe one of everyone’s favorite 90′s actresses and style inspirations, for Lydia Deetz alone. She was awesome in so many things, especially Girl, Interrupted but was overshadowed by a blonde Jolie. And then one day Ms. Ryder got arrested for shoplifting and then kind of disappeared. But, to quote Johnny Depp‘s tattoo: WINONA FORVER. (After their breakup he changed it to WINO FOREVER. He’s so creative!)
She’s been living in San Francisco and is getting ready for a comeback with her film The Iceman, starring Michael Shannon. Michael Shannon recently impressed us all with his dramatic reading of the sorority girl email, so this film is probably gonna be preeettttttayyy prettttttay good.
As Winona hits the press circuit ahead of The Iceman — in which she plays the wife of a hitman — the star looks eerily like she did 20 years ago.
But Ryder has the experience of more than two decades in Hollywood behind her and admits that all the fame and attention wasn’t so easy as a young celebrity:
“Even in the height of everything in the ’90s — even though I was the right age, I didn’t look the right age. I dealt with the age issue on the other side of not looking like I’m old enough … I worked very hard, and it took its toll.”
Ryder had a brief hiatus from acting in the early 00s after she was arrested in a high-profile shoplifting case.
“But looking back, I just feel very, very fortunate … I am very happy in my life, very interested in other things. So it takes something special … I’m not interested in playing the girl that’s just there to make the guy, you know, give him a talking to.”
Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, and David Schwimmer star alongside Winona Ryder and Michael Shannon in The Iceman, which hits theaters on May 2.
Whoa whoa whoa DAVID SCHWIMMER? It’s like a 90′s twofer!
Here’s some photos of her from The Iceman premiere. I am LOVING that she didn’t cover all of her grey hairs. NOT SARCASM, THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. Can we please make this a thing? Not sure though about the dress + heels though.
Winona Ryder is back, everyone! She looks a teensy different to me. I’M NOT SAYING IT’S BAD, I’M NOT “HATING” ON HER (can we retire that stupid phrase, “hating”?) I’m just saying that I think she looks…different. Maybe she’s just refreshed. Maybe she just lost some weight in her face. I can’t tell what it is. She just looks different to me. She looks like another actress now, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
SHE LOOKS GREAT, NO MATTER WHAT. And she’s 41! Where does the time go, you guys?
Anyway here she is last night at the Disconnect New York Special Screening at SVA Theater in New York City. Disconnect is a film that was made in 2012 and stars Jason Bateman and Vampire Eric.
See all the photos here.
Ha! So, so bad, right? Don’t worry, though—it’s not what Winona’s rocking in real life, it’s for a movie role.
Funny thing is, though, that I saw the trailers (like, the literal abode-ish trailers) for the film’s stars. The movie takes place in New Orleans, and that’s where I was for the last four-and-a-half days. I happened to look over and noticed that the trailer said “Star Waggon”, which is a big studio trailer rental company, and immediately thought, “Hmm, wonder who’s in there today?” Well, I apparently have my answer. Winona Ryder. And Jason Statham. Oh, and James Franco, too.
The film itself is called ‘Homeland’, and it’s about … well, this:
A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.
It was written by Sylvester Stallone, and Winona plays the role of a drug dealer. The lord in question, I believe, is James Franco, because of course he is.
All I know? Is that Winona‘s extensions need to make sure they stay on set when girlfriend is through wrapping the film. Because wow. How terrible are they?
As you may have heard, Tim Burton is making a sequel to Beetlejuice. Seth Grahame-Smith, the screenwriter behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is working on a draft at the moment. Michael Keaton will be returning. Some of us are cautiously optimistic, and the majority of us are terrified at the impending ruin of our childhoods. It seems like those involved in the original might be with the majority of us.
At the Frankenweenie press junket in Anaheim on Sunday, a reporter enthusiastically told Winona Ryder that she was very excited for Beetlejuice 2 and hoped that Ryder would be in the movie. Ryder had just spent the fifteen minutes prior gushing about her emotional connection to all of her roles in Burton’s movies, with a particular emphasis on Lydia. Given that, you’d think she might be pretty enthusiastic about the new movie, or at least somewhat optimistic. Instead, her response was a heavy sigh, a roll of the eyes, and a “Yeah, that would be … great.”
Tim Burton himself seemed more optimistic about the project, but was surprisingly hands-off about the whole thing. When asked about the project, he sounded somewhat uncomfortable and gave a non-answer. “Somebody’s writing a version, but I’m sort of … not making any preconceived ideas about it, and…not over-thinking something that I haven’t seen, so I’m just kind of keeping an open mind about it and seeing what comes.” Burton said that he is passionate about every project he goes into, so he could just have his mind on other work, but it seems odd for him to be quite as distant as he is.
Well, I’m not all that sure that I want this to happen, anyway, truth be told. I mean, even if they did bring back all of the original key players (except Otho, because he’s dead), would it be as good as the first? Also, Jeffrey Jones, who played Lydia’s father, is a convicted sex offender. Remember all that? Don’t know how keen Tim Burton would be to bring in a known pee-pee toucher to what he probably hopes to be an epic installment in the Beetlejuice series.
So, as someone born in the eighties, and a definite product of the nineties, I love Winona Ryder. I, like Johnny Depp, would tattoo “Winona Forever” somewhere (discreet) on my body, and I could probably watch Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Heathers, Great Balls of Fire!, and Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (among many others) on loop for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. OK?
That being said, Winona-girl really needs to start owning this red carpet thing if she’s ever going to fully resurrect a career, because this skitzy, mousy “Eek! I’m here and I’m going to just clutch my clutch like it’s going to save my life” presence is really, really bad. I still love the wide-eyed innocence that Winona is so good at exuding (unless that’s Xanax, and in that case, Winona … let’s try some uppers for a change, eh?), but she really, really needs to come a bit more out of her shell so we can begin, again, to fully appreciate how amazing Winona Ryder really is.
What do you guys think—Winona Ryder’s recent red carpet appearance?
“I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he [Mel Gibson] 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!”
- Winona Ryder, telling GQ all about it.
I know that this man has said some horrible things, but for some reason, the image of Mel Gibson calling Little Women era Winona an “oven dodger” just stabs straight into my heart like an icicle. I specify the icicle because I used to think icicles were so neat and pretty, much like Mel Gibson in The Patriot, but now they’re just nuisances and little implements of death.
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