In the late 80s and early 90s, there was no one bigger than Winona Ryder. She was in tons of amazing movies and preserved (for a time) in a tattoo on Johnny Depp’s body. Then she took a bit of a self-imposed career time-out in 2001 after she got arrested for stealing $5,500 worth of stuff from Saks in Beverly Hills. Besides starring on that Free Winona t-shirt that was everywhere, she laid low until 2006.
Eventually she started popping up here and there in stuff, like asking the ever-important question: “Did you suck his cock?” in 2010’s Black Swan. And then Stranger Things happened, and everyone was about Winona again. But guess what? Winona doesn’t really care that people care about her again.
Winona talked to Marie Claire UK to promote the upcoming second season of Stranger Things. Marie Claire describes Winona’s recent career upswing as a “Winonaissance.” That word did make me cringe, but I can’t disagree that Winona doesn’t serve the kind of face that belongs in the renaissance wing of a museum. Despite the fact that she was once really famous, Winona is completely shocked by all the recent attention.
“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?'”
Winona is famous again. And how do famous people stay famous when they’re not on TV or in movies? By getting attention by any means necessary, of course. Like throwing your personal life on social media. According to Winona, that’s one way to stay “relevant,” but she’s not into it.
“People who I really respect talk about ‘relevance’ but I’m like, I don’t care, leave me alone.”
So we probably shouldn’t expect to see Winona posing for a sponsored content post with a bottle of drain cleaner on Instagram anytime soon. That sucks, because just think of the cross-over marketing potential that could be had to promote the new reboot of Heathers. Thanks, Winona.