Winona Ryder is tired of the shame women with depression and anxiety receive. She has a lot to say. Winona Ryder is back in the spotlight thanks to her Netflix series “Stranger Things”.
The Stranger Things actress recently sat down with New York Magazine to share her thoughts on how far she has come since the days she first opened up about her anxiety and depression decades ago.
“I’m so sick of people shaming women for being sensitive or vulnerable. It’s so bizarre to me,” she spoke frankly.
The ’90s icon has weathered a difficult public image that only got tougher following her 2001 arrest for shoplifting.
“I remember I did Diane Sawyer, and I talked about my experiences with anxiety and depression,” Ryder told The Cut in a new interview. “And I think by doing that, maybe coupled with my physical size, there’s this ‘crazy’ thing. And I’ve realized recently it’s literally impossible to try and change that story.”
“I wish I could unknow this, but there is a perception of me that I’m supersensitive and fragile. And I am supersensitive, and I don’t think that that’s a bad thing. To do what I do, I have to remain open.”
Her honesty and frankness has led her to reach for her role as a mother frustrated with life after her young son goes missing in “Stranger Things”. Her role has even resulted in underhanded commentary she’s had to combat.
Ryder added, “There’s a line in the show where someone says [of her Stranger Things character], ‘She’s had anxiety problems in the past.’ A lot of people picked up on that, like, ‘Oh, you know, she’s crazy.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, wait a second, she’s struggling.’ Two kids, deadbeat dad, working her ass off. Who wouldn’t be anxious?”
by Emma Isabella