Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Every day I was crying' - Winona Ryder reveals the secret motivation that helped her get into character for Stranger Things

Good call: Winona Ryder is back in the limelight as she stars as a single mom in Netflix sci-fi horror series 'Stranger Things'
Good call: Winona Ryder is back in the limelight as she stars as a single mom in Netflix sci-fi horror series 'Stranger Things'
Winona Ryder
Joyce (Winona Ryder), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Nancy (Natalia Dyer) in Stranger Things. Photo: Netflix

Fionnuala Jones

Winona Ryder said she cried almost “every day” while filming her hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

In an interview with Marie Claire, the 45 year-old actress revealed how the storyline involving a missing child left her “freaking out”, and how she looked to her own mother, Cynthia, for inspiration.

Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder

“I said: ‘Mom, if every bit of logic is telling you your kid is gone, would you still refuse to believe it?” And she said: ‘Absolutely.’

“I said: ‘What if they show you a body?’ She said, ‘If you don’t see it happen, you don’t believe it.’ It’s a weird, primal thing.

“But I may have gone too far: it seemed like every day I was crying or freaking out.”

Ryder plays Joyce Byers, a mother whose 12 year-old son Will goes missing under mysterious circumstances. Having shot to the fame in the early 80s after starring Lucas and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Ryder also admitted she was bullied in school as a result.

“I remember thinking: ‘Ooh, it [Beetlejuice] is like the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school.’ But it made things worse. They called me a witch'.”

Ryder has been in a relationship with fashion designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn since 2011, explaining how her parents have led by example when it comes to love.

Winona Ryder in 'Stranger Things', shown on Netflix
Winona Ryder in 'Stranger Things', shown on Netflix

“They are madly in love, they’re like teenagers,” she said. “It’s embarrassing sometimes.

“I’ve had relationships that haven’t worked out. But when you have that as your gold (standard), and you know that’s the way it should be … Oh man!”

The second series of Stranger Things premieres on October 29th on Netflix. Ryder said she still finds the unprecedented success of the show hard to grasp.

“It’s so overwhelming. I don’t know what it’s like for really famous people… I keep hearing that people are dressing up like me as her character Joyce. I’m like, ‘What?’”

Actress Winona Ryder attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Winona Ryder attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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