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Winona Ryder was told she wasn't 'pretty enough' to be an actress

How do you like her now, casting director? Don't forget, she played Spock's mom.
How do you like her now, casting director? Don't forget, she played Spock's mom.
Published May 9, 2013

If you wondered just where Winona Ryder disappeared to in the early 2000s, it's probably because of some sort of self-esteem issue. What do you expect from someone who was told early on she wasn't pretty enough to act?

The 41-year-old tells Interview magazine in an, um, interview, that she lost plenty of roles before she landed stuff like Beetlejuice, Heathers and Reality Bites.

"I was in the middle of auditioning, and I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, 'Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from and you should go to school. You don't have it.' She was very blunt -- I honestly think that she thought she was doing me a favor," she said.

"I was around 15 or 16. But it's funny — and this is a testament to my parents and how they raised me — I wasn't crushed. They had always instilled in me that it was way cooler to be an individual and to be unique and that you don't want to blend in."

Well, something caused that shoplifting arrest and all that prescription drug abuse. But whatever, because the dream of the '90s is alive, since Ryder is costarring with James Franco in Homefront and Tim Burton keeps giving her work. Everything is going to be all right!


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