Winona Ryder Quotes (44 Quotes)




    It's just people should realize that the celebrity aspect of being an actor is very rarely enjoyable for people like me who would always rather go unnoticed and disappear into the crowd.

    I was regarded as the school freak which further reinforced a lot of inhibitions and doubts I had about myself. I was a shy, frightened teenager for a long time.

    I got a call from Al. He's an insomniac. We talk in the middle of the night, ... I don't sleep, he doesn't sleep. So it is very normal that we call each other at two in the morning. I just love him so much.


    He said, 'I'm just grateful for the work'. I thought he would be cynical like me, but he had this immense gratitude.


    I'm not into older guys. To tell you the truth, Richard Gere is not the sexiest man alive, in my book.

    Back then, you used to lock people up and throw away the key if they just felt sensitive, or if they rebelled in any way.

    I have this sense that I didn't really start growing up until my twenties.

    I welcome turning 30 because I like approaching the beginning of something instead of the end. I'm at a really good place and feel grounded.

    When you finally accept that it's OK not to have answers and it's OK not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being.

    It's not just about a girl (referring to Jo's character) who wants to be a writer. It's about falling in love and getting your heart broken and breaking other people's heart. It touches just about everything.

    People think that they just want movies like Pretty Woman, when really they - at least the ones that I know personally - have been waiting for something that doesn't completely insult them.

    That's an aspect of this business which can be very frustrating and aggravating. Most of what is written about you is wrong and so much of what does get printed is often about personal things that you don't want to have other people read about.

    Money doesn't matter on a deeply personal level. It doesn't make you feel any happier. But of course I am very aware that I don't have to worry about earning a living or about those very important practical things that most people have to worry about on a very real level.

    You go through spells where you feel that maybe you're too sensitive for this world. I certainly felt that.

    I really hope people go back and watch his movies. He was such a fantastic actor. He's not just Sean's little brother. He was Chris Penn.

    I wanted to take care of him, have him move in, but he said he was heading back south. I fell in love with him. And I've been in love with him ever since.

    Remember, I'm the kind of kid who used to get stuffed into a locker by school bullies. I've never felt like I'm a big star at any level of my life.

    It's also a question of finding good material and interesting roles. I'm not the only actress out there, and good parts just don't fall into your lap that easily. But I like most of the films I've made recently and so I'm pretty positive about the future.

    It's an indication of how cynical our society has become that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically ridiculed as sentimental junk.

    Weird people follow you in the streets, you can't sit alone in a restaurant or a cafe and read a book in peace, and I think everybody values those moments of being alone.

    I think I'm learning to be bolder in my career choices and be more confident in my personal life. I haven't always felt very secure as an individual, but now I feel I certain confidence and sense of self that gets me through the day a lot better than before.

    I don't hang out with agents and producers and I'm not into the business side at all.

    You try to get out there and live. I've always had good friends who've been very supportive and help make me feel good and grounded because I've never felt attached to the film industry.


    I've learned that it's OK to be flawed, that life can be messy, that some days you glide and some days you fall, but most important, that there are no secret answers out there.

    If I showed you scripts from my first few movies, the descriptions of my characters all said 'the ugly girl'.

    So remaking a movie like Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a really positive statement and I'm so happy I made it in light of what happened after we made it.

    In high school, I dressed up as every James Bond girl. I was a teenage Pussy Galore.

    Only in Hollywood could that happen -- it really was hysterical. But she is more interesting now than she was before.

    It's really good to be able to think about past loves without having a pit in my stomach, or cringing or feeling heart-broken, or like they hate you. Don't you think?

    I'm quite comfortable looking at myself in movies, probably because I've been doing it for so long, since I was a kid. So I sort of watched myself grow up and go through adolescence, like, basically on camera.

    I love good family films. I think in the context of Sept. 11 it's important that these kinds of movies are made and reach an audience.


    It's part of the celebrity process but my life has never been as interesting or as wild as what's been printed about me.

    But I've always felt a need to have a life which is completely separate - at least as far as possible - from the kind of illusory lifestyle that comes with being a celebrity.

    You can't pay enough money to... cure that feeling of being broken and confused.

    I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny ten years ago. I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old.

    My dad took me to all the best rock and punk shows when I was growing up and music has always been a part of my life. So I'm very interested in the music scene and I suppose that's why I've ended up going out with musicians. Dave Pirner is still one of my best friends.

    There was a time when I was 19 when I really, really, really thought I was going crazy. I was exhausted and going through a terrible depression.

    I don't believe I am influencing anybody but myself.

    Break-ups are hard for anybody, but it's particularly tough when it's being documented and you see the person's picture everywhere. Most people don't have that added problem when they break up with someone.


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