Winona Ryder Admits ’90s ‘It’ Girl Status ‘Took Its Toll’
Winona Ryder at 'The Iceman' Premiere in Hollywood on Monday (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Once upon a time, Winona Ryder was as recognized for her pixie haircut and her personal life as she was for her roles in seminal '90s films like "Edward Scissorhands" and "Reality Bites."
But as the actress, now 41, found herself at the epicenter of pop culture two decades ago, she also found that it didn't afford her a pass from the age-related pressures of Hollywood.
"Even in the height of everything in the '90s -- even though I was the right age, I didn't look the right age. I dealt with the age issue on the other side of not looking like I'm old enough," Ryder told Yahoo! Movies while promoting her latest film, "The Iceman," in which she appears opposite Michael Shannon as the seemingly unwitting wife of a hit man.
Ryder in 1998 at a Film Gala Tribute to Martin Scorsese (Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Ryder, who still appears as youthful as in her "Girl, Interrupted" days, was comfortably chic in a black menswear-styled suit accented with modern, casual pink-stoned gold jewelry. She explained that while there is truth to the claim that show business gets harder for aging actresses, she is picky about her jobs. "I am very happy in my life, very interested in other things. So it takes something special," she shared. "I'm not interested in playing the girl that's just there to make the guy, you know, give him a talking to."
Ryder has managed to stay out of the glaring eye of the paparazzi for some years now, telling Yahoo! that she lives in San Francisco and keeps her private life private. She does not grant many interviews these days and admitted that she found the early promotional tour for "The Iceman" a bit daunting. "I know I was a little bit overwhelmed at those festivals," she said of 2012's Toronto Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. (She hadn't been to the famed Venice fest for 19 years, when she was promoting Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence," for which she was nominated for an Oscar in the supporting-actress category.)