Winona Ryder's shoplifting scandal nearly imploded her career 15 years ago. However years later, the Stranger Things actress believes while the controversy was certainly blown out of proportion, it gave her a much needed break from the film industry.
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In a candid sit down with Porter magazine, the Heathers alum opened up about the struggle she was going through when caught snagging some items from Saks Fifth Avenue back in December 2001. Miz Ryder dished:
"Psychologically, I must have been at a place where I just wanted to stop. I won't get into what happened, but it wasn't what people think…. And it wasn't like the crime of the century!"
Hmm, very inneresting. She continued:
"But it allowed me time that I really needed, where I went back to San Francisco and got back into things that… I just had other interests, frankly."
Well, well. Nonetheless, Winona's hiatus didn't last long as she couldn't officially shake the acting bug — but that didn't mean Tinseltown welcomed her back with open arms. The brunette beauty explained:
"You can't do something for that long and hate it! People associated me with the 1990s and I wasn't that anymore. And they didn't really buy me as my age.
It's that line in First Wives Club – 'There are three ages for women: babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy!' I just never got to play that district attorney."
This may be true, but Winona's gotten nothing but rave reviews for her performance as the distraught mom in Netflix's new horror series. But what, about directing or producing?
It appears the 44-year-old has zero interest in taking charge behind the camera. She noted:
"I can only see my own character's point of view! I'm just not a business person, you know? I wish I was in a way. But acting still excites me. I don't sleep the day before a new job. I'm sure it's psychosomatic but still."
Who knows, maybe things will change in the future. Regardless, we couldn't be happier to see Winona back in the limelight.
Welcome home, girl!
[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]
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