When you finally accept that it's OK not to have answers and it's OK not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being.— Winona Ryder
The most astonishing Winona Ryder quotes that will add value to your life
Crazy isn't being broken, or swallowing a dark secret. It's you or me, amplified.
I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny ten years ago.
I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old.
There was a time when I was 19 when I really, really, really thought I was going crazy. I was exhausted and going through a terrible depression.
I've learned that it's OK to be flawed, that life can be messy, that some days you glide and some days you fall, but most important, that there are no secret answers out there.
You can't pay enough money to... cure that feeling of being broken and confused.
You have good days and bad days, and depression's something that, you know, is always with you.
Money doesn't matter on a deeply personal level.
It doesn't make you feel any happier. But of course I am very aware that I don't have to worry about earning a living or about those very important practical things that most people have to worry about on a very real level.
Suddenly you're the mom, or you go from .
.. You're not an ingénue, you don't want to play an ingénue, but it's like that line in The First Wives Club : "There are only three ages for women in Hollywood: babe, district attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy."
I've learned that it's OK to be flawed.
I remember when I first started being in magazines, I had pretty thin skin.
I was this nerd that read books and stayed home and didn't go out.
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.
I'm quite comfortable looking at myself in movies, probably because I've been doing it for so long, since I was a kid. So I sort of watched myself grow up and go through adolescence, like, basically on camera.
A woman who wears high heels is very different, I think, than a woman who wears sandals.
I remember the whole thing with the word ambition.
I was messed up for a while because I associated it with certain people who just want to be famous. I think, for a while, it was kind of a dirty word for women.
People think that they just want movies like Pretty Woman, when really they -- at least the ones that I know personally -- have been waiting for something that doesn't completely insult them.
Remember, I'm the kind of kid who used to get stuffed into a locker by school bullies. I've never felt like I'm a big star at any level of my life.
Dear Diary: My teen angst bullshit now has a body count.
For a long time, I was almost ashamed of being an actress.
I felt like it was a shallow occupation. People would be watching my every move.
As an actress, you go where the stories are.
I don't really care where it's seen, at this point. I just want to tell good stories and do good roles that I haven't done before.
It's an indication of how cynical our society has become that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically ridiculed as sentimental junk.
You're lucky if you're in three great movies, or even one great movie.
I've been so lucky. But if you rely on the business to dictate whether you're happy, it gets really complicated. You just can't do that. There have been times in my life that I've done that, and I've found it depressing.
My dad took me to all the best rock and punk shows when I was growing up and music has always been a part of my life. So I'm very interested in the music scene and I suppose that's why I've ended up going out with musicians. Dave Pirner is still one of my best friends.
I remember realizing, when I did Little Women , that that was the only time girls that age were being written about. It was always boys - from David Copperfield to Lord of the Flies to Holden Caulfield. There were never young women going through adolescence or teen years; there were only little girls.
As an actress, you want to try new things.
You don't want to repeat yourself. That becomes more important to you, as you get older.
What's awful about being famous and being an actress is when people come up to you and touch you. That's scary, and they just seem to think it's okay to do it, like you're public property.
I love my job. But all the stuff that comes with it, the thought of being propelled into the limelight again is not something I sit around and fantasize about, certainly. I'd much rather just do my work, and then go home and read my books and watch movies.
In high school, I dressed up as every James Bond girl. I was a teenage Pussy Galore.
If I showed you scripts from my first few movies, the descriptions of my characters all said 'the ugly girl'.
Sometimes I'll watch a movie, and it's got some big star in it playing a working-class person, and the character is in a grocery store, and you can kind of tell, from just watching the scene, that this actor doesn't do their own shopping. So you have to have some sense of reality.
I'm too young to play lawyers. But I've been really lucky because I never got labeled. I never did the John Hughes thing. I did adult movies. I'm not bragging or anything, but I think that I've chosen really good roles. I've played different people and showed that I have a little bit of range.
Weird people follow you in the streets, you can't sit alone in a restaurant or a cafe and read a book in peace, and I think everybody values those moments of being alone.
Somehow I was invited to visit with Audrey Hepburn.
I had this afternoon with her, and she gave me a couple things. She was so gracious and everything you would think that she would be.
That's an aspect of this business which can be very frustrating and aggravating.
Most of what is written about you is wrong and so much of what does get printed is often about personal things that you don't want to have other people read about.
I remember when I was doing Mermaids , I was 16 and they gave me a B12 shot once. My parents weren't there, and when they did come, they freaked out. They were terrified, because of the Judy Garland stories. I know it's just vitamin B, but it did give you a boost.
I have this sense that I didn't really start growing up until my twenties.
I was regarded as the school freak which further reinforced a lot of inhibitions and doubts I had about myself. I was a shy, frightened teenager for a long time.
You've got to grow up sometime.
I think it's really important to have a life and have interests outside of this [movie] business, and not rely on this business to validate you as a human being. If you do that, you're really in a dangerous spot.
Well, yeah! Now they're considered golden oldies, which is awesome.
I was watching Little Women recently, and I didn't want to get up for fear of missing something. And Heathers is like my own Rocky Horror Picture Show; I recite the lines when it's on. It may seem odd, but I think it's because they're really good movies.
It’s equally as important to me to be a good friend, and a good sister, and a good daughter. I’m very close with my family and friends.
You try to get out there and live. I've always had good friends who've been very supportive and help make me feel good and grounded because I've never felt attached to the film industry.
It's also a question of finding good material and interesting roles.
I'm not the only actress out there, and good parts just don't fall into your lap that easily. But I like most of the films I've made recently and so I'm pretty positive about the future.
I was not the first choice for Veronica in Heathers.
I auditioned and they were like, "Oh, thanks." And I went to the Beverly Center to Macy's and had them do a makeover on me. I went back because I kind of knew that they thought I wasn't pretty enough. They were trying to get Jennifer Connelly.
I remember being 18, and my first boyfriend said to me, "Unless you're in the room, you don't know if it's true." We were talking about gossip.
Break-ups are hard for anybody, but it's particularly tough when it's being documented and you see the person's picture everywhere. Most people don't have that added problem when they break up with someone.
It's really good to be able to think about past loves without having a pit in my stomach, or cringing or feeling heart-broken, or like they hate you. Don't you think?
Even though I never really had to pound the pavement as an actor, I always worked really hard. But, at the same time, I always felt like people thought that I didn't have to struggle even though I was struggling.
Even though 'Heathers' didn't make a lot of money, I really was able to transition into a situation where people thought I could play an attractive role because of it.
I'm not into older guys. To tell you the truth, Richard Gere is not the sexiest man alive, in my book.