Winona Ryder opened up in a new Marie Claire interview about fame and bullying.
The Stranger Things star was asked how it feels that the show has received so much press. She said, “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?’”
She’s also asked her mom for advice during the filming of Stranger Things.
Winona said, “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.”
Winona also opened up about being bullied as a kid. She said, “We didn’t have a lot of money, but the love compensation was amazing. My dad would make little things exciting, like bringing home Rolos. There’s that saying, ‘you find your family,’ but I would have chosen them even if they weren’t my parents. They’re my best friends…I remember thinking, ‘Ooh, [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.”