Winona Ryder On Shoplifting: “It Wasn’t Like the Crime of the Century”

The 'Stranger Things' actress has opened up on her 2001 shoplifting offense and the aftermath of making the headlines.

W inona is back in the spotlight thanks for her main role in the hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ and now she has addressed her 2001 scandal when she was caught shoplifting. Winona thinks people blew it up too much but it was also her way of discovering she needed a break from the spotlight:

“Psychologically, I must have been at a place where I just wanted to stop. I won’t get into what happened, but it wasn’t what people think. And it wasn’t like the crime of the century! But it allowed me time that I really needed, where I went back to San Francisco and got back into things that… I just had other interests, frankly.”

She decided to step away from the spotlight because she had changed but people’s perception of her was staying stuck in the ’90s:

“You can’t do something for that long and hate it. People associated me with the 1990s and I wasn’t that anymore. And they didn’t really buy me as my age. It’s that line in First Wives Club – ‘There are three ages for women: babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy’ I just never got to play that district attorney.”

She doesn’t know if Beetlejuice will get a sequel:

“Well, I don’t know [if there will be a second Beetlejuice]. Movies are all big franchise superhero things, and I’m 44 – I don’t think anyone wants to put a cape on me and chuck me out the window! I don’t know how good my bone density is.”

She spent two months crying without pause during filming of ‘Stranger Things’:

“I spent two months basically crying every day, I was delirious! Because I’ve never been able to do that menthol thing, you know? I actually have to really cry.”

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