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Winona Ryder: Black Swan Role Was a 'Cool Parallel'

Winona Ryder: Black Swan Role Was a 'Cool Parallel'

Winona Ryder clutches her necklace in this new shot from GQ magazine.

Here’s what the 39-year-old Black Swan actress had to share with the mag:

On her character of an ousted ballerina: “I thought it was a cool parallel. Being replaced by the young thing. I know that definitely happens in Hollywood. It’s harder to find good roles, and suddenly there’s new girls. I’m at that age I’ve been warned my whole life about.”

On Celebrity Rehab and drugs: “I mean, who would want to go through that, on TV? I think [painkillers are] more powerful than people think. People think, ‘Oh, heroin’s the hardest,’ but pills can be…I broke my arm in two places. For about a month, I had to take it. But then I just kept taking it for, like…maybe three more weeks. But the thing I do remember is that once my arm was okay and they were still there, you kind of like…”

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she gets to make a “comeback” then she opens her freaking mouth and you wish she’d go away again, forever.

This is sooo déjà vu. When I read Ryder’s goofy “weird, weird” statement about Gibson, I immediately flashed back to her excuse for stealing from Saks Fifth Avenue: ” I was preparing for a film role.”

When she set off security alarm at a Hollywood CVS two years ago, they found makeup in her bag she didn’t pay for. Said she had no idea how it had happened. When the store clerks took back the unpaid items she left the sore. Some things never change.

I used to like Ryder but will never see another film she’s in again.

Winona Ryder is different and that’s what makes her so interesting. She sounds intelligent but not rehearsed—she never seems to be “performing” while interviewed and always comes across as thoughtful and candid. I like the contradictory otherworldy earthiness–a timelessness–she brings to her roles, this sense of earnesty and intensity, this coffee-chugging, clove/herbal-cig-puffing, midnight-scribbling, intellectual vibe.

Yes, she is a bit of an eccentric, but that’s probably a result of spending a decade of life as one of the most famous–and distinctively recognizable–faces in the world. If she nervously thought people were watching her every move in the 90′s, she was right. They were. Young kids weren’t old enough to remember it then, but Ryder was the face of the early-mid 90′s. There’s justifiable reasoning behind her odd public behavior and lingering social anxiety. It’s a weird life to manage on your own. It will mess with your mind and you can become detached, nervous, a hermit. She just needs to “get in the groove” again and fully emerge from fame hibernation.

It’s also all part of the charm of her generation, the “Gen X” artists; genuine nerds with unique and neurotically interesting hobbies and fixations. They didn’t come off the assembly line pre-punched and a dime-a-dozen. Most of the new, kiddie stars talk about their experiences growing-up and all you hear is “blah, blah, blah, suburbia, blah, blah, talent show”. Winona was raised by hippies on a commune and her godfather was LSD-Guru, Timothy Leahry. She starred in movies like “Heathers”, “The Crucible”, “Little Women”, “The Age of Innocence” and “Edward Scissorhands”—not light-weight pieces.

I’m bored with the contrivedly styled, spray-tanned, vaguely “Valley Girl” new recruits in Hollywood and their rehearsed “personalities”. What’s great about Ryder, is you never know when she’s going to say something odd or totally non PR friendly. She’s one of a kind. And I’m glad to see she’s busy. Hollywood needs a creative shake-up; they need characters with real personality, not nondescript puppets.

i think she is crap and looks bad aged

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