Winona Ryder: I’m ‘very proud of’ the ‘little bit of traffic now on my forehead’

Winona Ryder

A few weeks ago, we talked about Winona Ryder covering the May issue of Interview magazine (to promote her role in The Iceman) and looking devastatingly beautiful in the process. Now some interview excerpts have finally surfaced, and Winona covers several topics that she has not discussed before in a public forum.

Among the items of conversation are Winona’s thoughts on her 2001 shoplifting arrest (and the subsequent fallout) as well as her mixed feelings on the word “comeback.” In addition, Winona claims that she has never had any work done at all on her face. I am assuming that she is only referring to plastic surgery but might also be talking about Botox. This might be surprising (or even unbelievable) to some of you because Winona has always looked younger than her actual age. She’s now 41 years old, and she recently revealed that she was actually very psyched to turn 40, which is such a refreshing perspective not only for an actress but for anyone, really. In this interview Winona talks about being proud of the “traffic” on her forehead. Let’s do this:

Winona Ryder

She hasn’t had plastic surgery: “It’s funny, because I went straight from the Interview shoot to this premiere, and I still had on all the makeup, and my friend told me that some people were literally saying that I’d had work done — which, by the way, I’ve found is normal hygiene now on sets. I’m not trying to knock it, but, you know, I have a little bit of traffic now on my forehead — which I’m like very proud of actually — and it’s interesting how people just instinctively are like, ‘Oh, maybe you should get something done for that.’ And it’s like, ‘Really?'”

On aging in Hollywood: “You cannot please everyone. When you start out as a kid and then you have these great roles early on and even into your twenties, you’re doing movies like Reality Bites, people want you to stay the same, but then they kind of don’t. People don’t want you to get older, but then it’s like, ‘Why do you look so young?'”

On her early career: “Looking back — and this is all in retrospect — I did have a lot of success and a lot of great opportunities earlier in my career. But I did also have this thing that was sort of happening in my late twenties where, whether it was because of how I looked or because I started so young, even though I was the right age for things, people didn’t think that I was old enough.”

On her 2001 arrest for shoplifting: “I was starting to have some trouble before that. I think a lot of people think that that is what sort of sent me off in another direction, but I was actually starting to have some trouble a few years before. And then there were also a couple of movies that I was going to do, that were all set up, and then, at the last minute, they fell apart… And with what happened . . . I was living up in San Francisco and I really needed the time off, which ended up being a couple of years. In a weird way, it was almost like the best thing that could have happened because I’d never asked myself the question before of, ‘Is it okay if I’m not going to act? Is there anything else?’ because that was all that I really knew.”

On her “comeback”: “I have to admit, though, that every time I hear ‘comeback, blah, blah, blah,’ it’s kind of hard for me. I’m not trying to be super-sensitive at all, but there is a little bit of defensiveness because I do feel like I have contributed. Even if I’d just made Beetlejuice and Heathers, I put in work.”

[From Interview]

I think Winona sounds very wise while reflecting upon her unfortunate run-in with the law in the form of shoplifting. To her, that incident may not have been the very beginning of her troubles, but it was effectively the wake-up call she needed to take some time out from Hollywood. So she went away for awhile and worked on herself, and she came back much stronger. Wino forever!

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

Photos courtesy of Interview magazine

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  1. Amelia says:

    Lines and wrinkles shall forever be known as a ‘little bit of traffic’ in my head.

    • j.eyre says:

      It really is a great description for it. I always call them history but I like traffic better on a few levels.

    • The Wizz says:

      Best description. At almost 37 I also have a little bit of traffic….I also shop them out of photos.

  2. Itsjustblanche. says:

    Oh come on. She’s had work done to her eyes! Either that or she was just going around looking perpetually startled for no good reason. Still beautiful.

    • Maxine says:

      Yup. I’ll always love her, but the eye work was obvious. Hopefully it’ll “settle” in a little while and look more natural. She still looks amazing.

    • Lucinda says:

      I don’t know. She and I are the same age. I have always looked young for my age and have the same coloring as her. I can buy that she hasn’t had any work done. I have the same or fewer wrinkles than her.

    • Renee says:

      She really always has looked a little wild-eyed and startled, though. A quick Google on pictures of her in the 90s convinced me.

      It sucks that so many people have surgery–and lie about it–that it becomes impossible to believe anyone who clams otherwise. The only people we ever believe are the ones who admit to tons of surgery (like Kathy Griffin). Sad.

      • bridget says:

        I think she looks almost exactly the same, amd has had that wide-eyed look for her whole career. Its part of what makes her look so young and fragile. Go back and look at pics from the 90s and 2000s.

    • Turtle Dove says:

      Senility must be settling in with her forehead “traffic” because she has completely forgotten about her nose job.

    • LadyBird83 says:

      She had a nose job very early in her career. Look it up.

  3. lovelylaura says:

    This is what aging should be about – feeling comfortable in your own skin. “A little bit of traffic” should be something to be proud of – not freak out over. I hope this will start being the new trend for Generation X. Go Winona!

    And honey, even if the only movie you ever made was Heathers, that counts for a lot in my book! “I love my dead gay son!” makes me giggle every time I hear it!

  4. bns says:

    I love her and she looks amazing, but she’s definitely had a little help. Why lie about it?

  5. smee says:

    If she’s proud of it why did she let them photoshop her “traffic” away?

    • Cherry says:

      Bingo! I was thinking the exact same thing. She makes it sound like she’s some sort of hero for not injecting botox into her forehead when really, who needs botox when you’ve got photoshop?

    • tracking says:

      Does she have control of that? That’s a genuine question, no sarcasm.

      • smee says:

        I think some people do arrange for “final say” of photos before publication. Not sure in her case. Obsvly, she’ll be mad as hell when she sees these traffic-free photos 😉

      • tracking says:


      • Miffy says:

        Probably not! Given its not just her, its the photographer, makeup artist, stylist and the magazine itself that needs her to look good and it’s in their control. For this style of shoot laughter lines wouldn’t really work.

  6. mkyarwood says:

    Noooway, she has lifted them brows and had them settled again. Unless there are pills or something that can give you that SURPRISED look….

    • Greenieweenie says:

      Eh, no. This is a face I’ve been obsessed with since I was a teenager. I used her pictures for my haircuts for a decade. She looks exactly as she always has….sometimes a little druggie/drunk, yes, but that face is classic.

    • Emily says:

      She’s always looked surprised. Like Grumpy Cat always looks grumpy. That is something she really was born with, though she probably gets her brows tweezed to exaggerate the effect.

  7. Granger says:

    These pics have, of course, been photoshopped to death. I think she looks great but she certainly doesn’t like 21. Recent premiere pics of her do show a few lines around her eyes and on her forehead, which is totally normal for a 41 year old! And I don’t necessarily think she’s had anything done. I’m 42 and only have “a little traffic” on my forehead too. I have a few more lines around my eyes than she does, but then she hasn’t had to deal with the many sleepless nights that having children puts you through. 🙂

  8. lady mary. says:

    i can nvr hate on this woman,she has had her downfalls and badjudgements ,but she is till classy ,WINO FOREVER:)

  9. Launicaangelina says:

    I’m dropping in just to say I love her! I look forward to seeing The Iceman.

  10. squirrelbait says:

    winona and keanu in the thread today, oh how i miss the 90s! :’-(

  11. Gwen says:

    Wino forever <3

  12. Pam says:

    what traffic? her forhead is line free. and she is still as lovely as 30 years ago. she must be a vampire. sign me up!

  13. SmokeyBlues says:

    All I can think is, too bad Lindsay Lohan can’t take a page from her book. Winona made a mistake, was in a bad place, so she admitted to the problem and took some time to get herself right. I admire her for that.

  14. siobhan says:

    She is a great actress. So many actresses success has more to do with good looks more than genuine talent but Winona has always had both.

  15. Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

    Lol I see no traffic! But that is probably photoshop. 41 is very young. Depending inyour skin type, you might have only very faint lines if any at that age. I think has hs work done, but I just adore her, so no snark from this corner. Winona Forever!

  16. Miffy says:

    I’m glad she took something positive from her shop-lifting experience. I’ve always found it a bit sad that she was nailed to the cross for something the pales in comparison to what a lot of other ‘celebrities’ got away with a few years later.

    Nicole Richie didn’t have to hide and rethink her life when she drove the wrong way down a freakin’ highway stoned out of her mind (completely forgot about that incident til recently) and don’t even get me started on The Cracken, shoplifting is her favourite past time.

  17. Axis2ClusterB says:

    Love her. So glad to see her around again.

  18. annaloo. says:

    Movies that were set up and then fell apart last minute … Gwyneth!!! Do Winona think she might be referring to Shakespeare in Love? That would be pretty devastating if a close friend stole something from you and benefitted so greatly from the underhanded move. I cannot help but wonder if this quote and what happened about that script are connected…

    • annaloo. says:

      Sorry — I sent that reply from my phone, and I sound like an illiterate: I just wanted to ask if anyone thought Winona might have been making a veiled referral to Shakespeare in Love

  19. dcypher1 says:

    I love wino forever. If she can age gracefully then why can’t we all. 40 dosent look so bad now if she can do it, it gives me hope that getting older is not so bad. She’s a gorgeous vampire. She does not look her age amazing. She does not need ps she just takes good care of herself u can tell. Wino forever 4 life.

  20. Izzy says:

    Good for her! I turn 40 in a week, and I can’t wait. I also look quite a bit younger than my age, which certainly I’m grateful for, but I will also not be getting any kind of work done to look younger.

    Last year someone told me I should do something about my crow’s feet. I told her she should do something about her crappy personality. It was a fun moment (for me)!

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      My time comes in September, and I feel great about it. I won’t be getting any work either — I like my face, I like the experience on it. I do actively dye my hair, however, so there’s that.

      • Izzy says:

        I don’t consider coloring grays to be “work”! LOL When my time comes, you better believe I’ll be covering those grays as well!

  21. jamee draper says:

    I remember that Micheal Fassbender said the exact same thing last year about his wrinkles.I love it when actresses like her and Cameron Diaz admit that they are aging gracefully.

  22. Gistine says:

    She had a nose job back in the day, too.