Winona Ryder says her acting career was spurred on by “weird fate”.
The 42-year-old actress rose to stardom in the late Eighties and she has received two Oscar nods for her work.
Winona confirmed to V magazine that she was tormented by homophobic bullies in high school.
And the star credits this harassment to the formation of her career in Hollywood, as she picked up an interest in acting while being homeschooled.
“The lore! That did happen,” she told V.
“I was obsessed with Bugsy Malone and had cut my hair short. I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting ‘f*ggot.’
“It’s almost weird fate that it happened that way,” she mused.
Winona admits it took her quite some time to be respected in the entertainment industry.
Her 1988 cult classic movie Heathers actually did more harm than good to her career in the years following its release.
“I was fired once from a movie because I did Heathers!” Winona shared.
“I was cast in a movie and the director saw an advance screening and was offended by it and fired me. It wasn’t until years later that [the film] became more appreciated.”
Winona portrays character Sheryl Mott, who rides motorcycles and deals drugs, in forthcoming action adventure Homefront.
She appreciates taking on such a kick-butt role.
“There’s a slightly camp, arm-candy element to her that appealed to me,” Winona explained. “She’s such a complete chick. She’s what you think of when you hear the words ‘biker chick.'”
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