Winona Ryder’s career comeback with Stranger Things prompted much media spotlight – attention she’s dealt with since teenage stardom years. But the scrutiny took its toll and during a 1999 Diane Sawyer interview, she revealed she was ashamed to be depressed given all the advantage she held.
Ryder told New York magazine: “I wish I could un-know this, but there is a perception of me that I’m supersensitive and fragile. And I am supersensitive, and I don’t think that that’s a bad thing. To do what I do, I have to remain open.”
Ryder defends women with anxiety, even her Stranger Things persona Joyce Byers:
“There’s a line in the show where someone says [of her Stranger Things character], ‘She’s had anxiety problems in the past.’ A lot of people have picked up on that, like, ‘Oh, you know, she’s crazy.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, wait a second, she’s struggling.’ Two kids, deadbeat dad, working her ass off. Who wouldn’t be anxious?”
Her point is “anxiety” isn’t a bad word — far from it. “I’m so sick of people shaming women for being sensitive or vulnerable. It’s so bizarre to me” she lamented. Read the entire interview here.
- New York Magazine