Girl Crush – Winona Ryder

Girl Crush – Winona Ryder

I don’t know much about Winona Ryder other than she was in Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted (with Angelina Jolie), Stranger Things and Heathers. I also remember her stealing something from a store many years ago. That’s pretty much it. So why am I crushing on this woman?

I came across a video of her discussing how she suffers bouts of anxiety and depression. Winona legitimately felt like she had no one to talk to to about her problems in a 1999 interview with 20/20. She said she saw herself on the cover of a magazine with the headline “luckiest girl in the world”, but that made her feel more. She felt like she should be ashamed for having these feelings because she is a movie star. Watch the video here or below:

The importance of this video is that Winona’s not being boastful. She’s being honest about how Hollywood made her accept the lie that her problems aren’t real problems that other people experience. Depression and anxiety are real problems, no matter where you are in life. It doesn’t depend on your status.

Winona Ryder

And it is her honesty that makes me have a crush on her. Even though this interview is sixteen years old, and Winona is now 43, the issue that she thought she should accept depression and anxiety as part of her life is still relevant today. No one should accept these things. Being placed on a public pedestal for most of her life (she started acting around age 12/13) put her under public scrutiny. She did eventually seek out professional help.

And Winona has revived her career in a way that she has made it her own.