Winona Ryder Chats about Traumatic Bullying Experience in V Winter 2013
While donning designer duds from Gucci and Ralph Lauren for the Mario Testino-shot spread, the "Edward Scissorhands" beauty opened about being bullied as a child and revealed details about her successful career.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Ryder's interview below. For more, be sure to visit V magazine!
On her bullies:
"I was obsessed with Bugsy Malone and had cut my hair. I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting 'f*****t' and I didn't think they were talking to me. walking home after leaving the nurse's office - and I've never talked about this - I remember pressing on the bandage because I wanted it to look more dramatic. I had this inner monologue going of Humphrey Bogart, like, 'being roughed up!' I was pretending I was in some gangster movie. It was oddly my way of dealing with it, because if I didn't, I probably would have been really scared."
On her acting woes:
"I was fired once from a movie because I did 'Heathers!' I was cast in a movie and the director saw an advance screening and was offended by it and fired me. It wasn't until years later that the film became more appreciated."
On her roles:
"I think what has kind of worked [is] I was not strategic at all. I do remember feeling a lot of pressure. I remember a lot of the conversations where I was constantly hearing, 'You've gotta do this movie so you can do that movie. You've gotta make a big movie so you can make a small movie.' But I can't act like that. When I think about the stuff I've turned down or the stuff I wasn't interested in, I don't have any regrets."
"[My character's] such a complete chick. she's what you think of when you hear the words 'biker chick.'"
Photo Credit: Mario Testino for V