Nowadays, Winona Ryder is one of the most acclaimed celebrities in Hollywood not only because of her talent and her many projects but also because her fan base loves her for always being authentic and why not, for always being cute without intending to.
However, this did not happen all the time. In fact, the Stranger Things star has revealed in several interviews that she was often bullied when young for dressing like a boy. One of these awful events was described by her but adding that in the end, she got an act of small revenge that felt like a victory for her.
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In an excerpt of Nigel Goodall’s book, Winona Ryder: The Biography, the actress revealed how she suffered being bullied, harassed, and even harmed just by walking near a group of homophobes at her junior high school.
“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit,” the actress said “As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘’Hey, f—-t [homophobic slur].’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the s–t out of me. I had to have stitches.”
Because back in the day inclusion and awareness were not the order of the day, the ones who punched Winona Ryder were not punished, and instead, she was blamed for what happened. “The school kicked me out, not the bullies,” Ryder said.
Winona Ryder has never revealed if she is part of the LGBT community. In fact, she has always been linked to male partners (like Johnny Depp).
Time passed and when she was 17 years old she thought things were getting better because she landed her first major role as Lydia in Beetlejuice. Unexpectedly, things got worse since she was now being called a witch. “I remember thinking, ‘Ooh, [“Beetlejuice”] is like the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school,’” she told Marie Claire UK. “But it made things worse. They called me a witch.”
Years later, Winona Ryder got her small but satisfying revenge when she encountered one of her bullies at a coffee shop and had the audacity to ask for her autograph. “Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’” Ryder said in the biography. “And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of.’ And I said, ‘That was me. Go f— yourself.’”