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Extracts From Star Trek Star Winona Ryder's Interview In UK Elle Magazine Plus Cover Photo

Winona Ryder Is A Wonder In Elle

Winona Ryder stars on the cover of the latest issue of Elle magazine, and inside she talks to the mag about her new movie The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee (out July 10) as well as her childhood, acting, beauty and what she describes as her "extra large breakdown". Here's a few extracts from her interview:

  • On being bullied:"We only shopped at the Salvation Army, and I would get these three-piece, 1970s little boy suits. I had really short hair, and the third day of seventh grade, these kids basically jumped me in the hall because they thought I was a gay boy, and they roughed me up… I think when that happened, I kind of went into a movie in my head because I couldn’t deal with what was happening. Kids would say, “You’re a witch, you’re creepy, you’re crazy.” I was in the number-one movie in the country and I was still being bullied in school."
  • On her ‘extra-large breakdown’: "I had just done Dracula and Edward Scissorhands. I had just had my first real break-up, the first heartbreak. And I think it was really ironic because, like, everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak, but inside I was completely lost. I remember feeling, ‘I can’t complain about anything, because I’m so lucky, I’m so lucky…’ After that I realised I needed to take time off more [regularly]. I’m so lucky because I really love doing what I do. There have been times when I’ve wanted to stop, but it wasn’t forever. It was just like I needed to stop and get my life together."

To read what Winona had to say about Hollywood and her beauty, just read more.

  • On being the leading lady: "For a few years after Beetlejuice I was cast as the outcast, so I thought that was my path. I sort of had it in my head that I was going to be a character actress. Then I did Heathers and it was the first time I had convinced people I could play [a pretty girl]. I went to get my make-up done for the audition. And then after that I got more substantial roles. And it’s funny in your career, you’re a leading lady for a while and then you end up wanting the character roles again."
  • On her beauty: "I thought it was cooler to be interesting than to be pretty. I must have got that from my parents, who felt strongly about being an individual and being your own person and that looks aren’t everything. I always knew that I wasn’t, you know, beautiful. I never wanted to be beautiful, I never wanted to be a cheerleader."

Elle magazine is on newsstands now, and you can read Winona's full interview inside!

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