Winona Ryder

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Winona Ryder
(44th anniversary)
29 October 1971 
Winona, Minnesota, USA 
5' 3½" (1,61 m)

However, director David Seltzer spotted her and cast her in Lucas (1986). When telephoned to ask how she would like to have her name appear on the credits, she suggested Ryder as her father's Mitch Ryder album was playing the background. Ryder was selected for the part of Mary Corleone in El padrino. Parte III (1990), but had to drop out of the role after catching the flu from the strain of doing the films Aquí te pillo, aquí te mato (1990) and Sirenas (1990) back to back. She said she did not want to let everyone down by doing a substandard performance. She later made La edad de la inocencia (1993), which was directed by Martin Scorsese, whom she believes to be "the best director in the world".

Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish. She grew up in a ranch commune in Northern California which had no electricity. She is the goddaughter of Timothy Leary. Her parents were friends of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and once edited a book called "Shaman Woman Mainline Lady", an anthology of writings on the drug experience in literature, which included one piece by Louisa May Alcott. Winona Ryder was later to star as Jo March in this author's Mujercitas (1994). - IMDb Mini Biography By: Kieran Lee <>

Trade Mark 
Frequently plays a character who writes. In most of her films, she has played a journalist, a reporter, a writer or just a teenager who writes in a journal or diary.

Dark hair and pale skin

Large brown eyes

Petite figure

Demure demeanor

Her real hair color is blonde but when she made her first major film Lucas (1986), her hair color was dyed black. She was told to keep it that color and with the exception of Eduardo Manostijeras (1990), it has stayed that color since.

Her December 22, 1999 guest spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) was her second-ever appearance on a talk show. She did it to promote Inocencia interrumpida(1999), the first film on which she served as executive producer. She clearly had jitters but settled in comfortably. She made her first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show(1986) with Sirenas (1990) co-star Cher.

(March 22, 1999) Injured knee while filming Inocencia interrumpida (1999).

Ranked #42 in Empire (UK) magazine's the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. [October 1997]

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1997).

Born at 11:00am CDT, in a farmhouse in Olmsted County, Minnesota.

She briefly checked herself into a hospital when she was 20, because she was suffering from depression, anxiety attacks and exhaustion, resulting from constantly working on films.

Attended and graduated from Petaluma High School in Petaluma, California with a 4.0 GPA in 1989.

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 6, 2000. She was voted Best Dressed Celebrity of the Week by Entertainment Weekly for the event. Her great friend Anthony Hopkins attended the ceremony.

Helped Italian designer Giorgio Armani promote his Manhattan chain of stores.

Had to turn down the role of Nina Borowski in Mucho más que amigos (1998), which went to Jennifer Aniston, because of scheduling conflicts.

Chosen as one of the Top Players Under 35 list by People magazine (1996).

Began work on Inocencia interrumpida (1999), which took four more years to make it to the screen (1996).

The role of Nola in Celebrity (1998) was actually written for Drew Barrymore.

Although there was no electricity on the commune where they lived, when Winona was seven, her mother began to run an old movie theater in a nearby barn and would screen movies all day. She allowed Winona to miss school to watch movies with her.

Independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch wrote a role specifically for her in Noche en la Tierra(1991), as a tattooed, chain-smoking cabdriver who dreams of becoming a mechanic.

She dedicated the film Mujercitas (1994) to Polly Klaas, a young girl from her hometown of Petaluma, California, who was kidnapped and brutally murdered. She offered a $200,000 reward for anyone with information on the subject, and remains a strong supporter of the Polly Klaas Foundation.

Auditioned for the role of Marla Singer in El club de la lucha (1999), which eventually went to Helena Bonham Carter.

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was close friends with her parents.

Upset with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for refusing to pre-screen Otoño en Nueva York (2000), saying she was very proud of the film and that the studio was giving it a bad name before it was even released.

Refused to do promotion for the horror film Poseídos (2000).

Signed on to "The Girl You Want". After a few weeks of preproduction, she received a new version of the script, which she hated, and tried to get out of her contract. Touchstone Pictures threatened to sue her if she did, and so she completed the film. The film's title was changed to Boys (1996) and sat on the shelf for more than a year. After it finally got its release, it was released in less than 100 theaters in North America and grossed less than five hundred thousand dollars.

Her favorite book is J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye". She says she owns every paperback edition and translations.

In late 1999, she started her own music company, Roustabout Studios.

(May 19, 2001) Has appeared on the season finale of Saturday Night Live (1975) as herself.

Had to turn down the role of Alice Sutton in Conspiración (1997), which went to Julia Roberts, because of scheduling conflicts.

The film Poseídos (2000), though it was released in late 2000, was actually shot in 1998, and New Line Cinema kept in on the shelf for two years.

Had one date with Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller, who wrote the song "Rollerskate Skinny" about her.

Turned down the lead role in Sabrina (y sus amores) (1995) because she felt she could not fill Audrey Hepburn's shoes and that the role was marked by sexism.

Her agent begged her not to do Escuela de jóvenes asesinos (1988), saying her career would be over.

Enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco at age 12.

The first house she bought was in the Hollywood Hills. She soon moved, saying she never fitted in.

Says Sarah Miles' performance in La hija de Ryan (1970) inspired her to become a professional actress.

First auditioned for the role of Blanca in La casa de los espíritus (1993) when she was sixteen, but the role went to Pernilla August. The film took years to get made, and when it finally did, August had to drop out at the last minute because of pregnancy, and Winona replaced her.

Dropped out of El padrino. Parte III (1990). She said in an interview later that year that she arrived in Rome to film and simply could not get out of bed. A doctor was called and ordered her to return home and sleep.

Dated Johnny Depp for many years. He had a tattoo of her name and after they broke up, he had it reduced to "Wino forever".

Was considered for the role of Janet Wood in a big-screen remake of Apartamento para tres (1977) opposite Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, but the project was eventually cancelled.

(August 16, 2001) Suffered severe stomach pains and doubled over in pain. She was sent to her hotel room in London, England, and later was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a severe gastroenterological disorder. She left the United Kingdom on August 24th. The sickness caused her to drop out of the (unreleased) film Lily and the Secret Planting (2002) and her part eventually went to Kate Winslet instead. Winona was said to have been very passionate about her role in the film and was heartbroken to leave. The incident brought to mind the similar 1990 stomach flu that caused her to drop out of El padrino. Parte III (1990) two days before filming began, causing a lot of controversy.

(December 12, 2001) Was arrested in Beverly Hills for allegedly stealing clothing items and carrying illegal pharmaceutical drugs without a prescription. Her lawyer denied the accusations, and Winona was released later that evening on $20,000 bail. Despite her alleged crime, Beverly Hills police described her as "very friendly, polite and cooperative" and "a nice lady".

Has appeared on the cover of the June 2002 cover of W magazine wearing a "Free Winona" T-shirt. "Free Winona" T-shirts became popular over the Internet following her December 22, 2001 arrest, with many fans sporting them and purses in support.

Broke her arm during the filming of Mr. Deeds (2002), in the scene where she and Adam Sandler are riding bikes down a flight of stairs.

(November 6, 2002) She was found guilty of vandalism and grand theft in connection with the shoplifting charges dating from back on December 12, 2001. Sentencing is scheduled for December 6, 2002. She was acquitted of a third charge, burglary.

(December 6, 2002) Sentenced to 480 hours of community service, three years' probation, $3700 in fines, and $6355 in restitution for her arrest on shoplifting charges.

Was the host during Will Ferrell's final episode as a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975).

Dropped out of the comedy-drama film Enredos de familia (2004).

Turned down the role of Katrina in Sleepy Hollow (1999), which went to Christina Ricci.

Is a huge fan of the documentary film Grey Gardens (1975).

Suffers from insomnia. She allegedly has had a habit of talking on the phone with actor Al Pacino, who also suffers from insomnia.

Suffers from aquaphobia due to trauma she suffered at age 12 when she nearly drowned. This caused problems when she had to act in some of the underwater scenes in Alien resurrección (1997). The scenes had to be reshot numerous times because of this.

Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.

Her friendship with best friend Gwyneth Paltrow ended in the late 1990s because their lives grew apart.

Persuaded Universal Pictures to turn the February 1994 Los Angeles premiere of Bocados de realidad (1994) into a benefit for the Polly Klaas Foundation. She also had enough clout to see that Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" - Polly's favorite book - was made into Mujercitas (1994), with Winona in the title role and the film dedicated to Polly Hannah Klaas.

Billy Wilder and William Holden are two artists for whom Ryder has great respect.

She serves on the Board of American Indian College Funds.

(March 17, 2000) San Francisco International Film Festival awarded the prestigious Peter J. Owens Award to her for brilliance, independence and integrity.

Had several films that were announced but later canceled in the mid-2000s: Robert Altman's "The Widow Claire", Norman Jewison's "Embers", Jonas Åkerlund's "Oskur Fishman", and Élie Chouraqui's "Beyond Friendship".

Her participation in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) was reported by Italian newspapers months before the official announcements were made; Ryder claims she met author Laura Albert in 1993 at an opera.

She was harassed her first week of junior high school when a group of bullies mistook her for an effeminate, scrawny boy.

VH1's "100 Greatest Teen Stars" (2006) (mini) ranked her seventh.

Received an honorary Master's degree in Fine Arts from the American Conservatory Theater.

In 1995, she made yet another significant artistic departure, recording a spoken word reading of the famous diary of Anne Frank, for which she received a Grammy nomination. Winona became one of the few non-musicians to have been nominated for both an Oscar and a Grammy for different projects.

She has a younger brother Uri Horowitz (named after Yuri Gagarin), an older half-brother Jubal Palmer and an older half-sister Sunyata Palmer.

Her father's family was originally named "Tomchin", however she stated that they were wrongly assigned the name of the family that they were travelling with when they arrived at Ellis Island, in 1906.

Is an avid reader of 1960s literature (Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac), but also F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Aldous Huxley, Oscar Wilde and many more. Her all-time favorite book is "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.

She is also into music and plays the guitar. Her favorite band at one point was The Replacements, but she also loves Tom Waits, Cocteau Twins, Wilco and many others.

She owns some of Hollywood's stars' most priceless possessions (Louis Armstrong's bongo drums among others). She also has a collection of vintage Hollywood costumes, including Russ Tamblyn's jacket from West Side Story (1961), Leslie Caron's dress from Un americano en París (1951), Claudette Colbert's gown from Sucedió una noche (1934), Olivia de Havilland's blouse from Lo que el viento se llevó (1939), and Sandra Dee's bikini from the "Tammy movies".

Has done various commercials for cars (Subaru), coffee (Café Latté) and for Italian designer Giorgio Armani. Also participated in a clothing campaign (2003) for designer and friend Marc Jacobs.

Most of her childhood was spent in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California. The family spent some time in Columbia with Chilean revolutionaries in the mid-1970s. They moved to a 300 acre commune in Elk, Mendocino County with seven other families in the late 1970s, where they lived for 4 years.

Her godfather is Timothy Leary.

Was considered for the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago (2002), but Catherine Zeta-Joneswas cast instead.

Good friends with Courtney Love and the late Brittany Murphy.

Was considered by director Neil LaBute for a role in Wicker Man (2006), which she turned down.

Took her last name "Ryder" from singer Mitch Ryder of Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. She saw one of his albums in her father's record collection.

The rock group "The Wynona Ryders" named themselves after her.

Was offered the role of Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie in Magnolias de acero (1989). However Julia Roberts, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

Was engaged to Blake Soper, having been in a relationship with him since October 2007. [March 2008]

Owns a three bedroom house on Union Street in San Francisco that she purchased in 1995 for $1,300,000 as well as her long time four bedroom mini-manse on North Doheny Drive in Los Angeles that she purchased in 1998 for $2,600,000.

Sold her Manhattan co-operative apartment located at 1 Lexington Avenue in the relatively halcyon Gramercy Park neighborhood for $2,200,000.

Joined Amnesty International at age 12.

Received the "Prix Marie Claire Icono Fashion" during the Marie Claire Awards Party in Madrid, Spain. [November 2008]

She was discovered by a casting director at Salmagundi.

Bought her current Spanish-style Beverly Hills home from Rene Russo's sister, Toni Lynn Russo, who is also the ex-wife of Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist.

In early 2011, she maintained a personal box office record, when she for the first time in her career had two movies placed in top 5 of highest grossing movies over the weekend at the domestic box office - Cisne negro (2010) and ¡Qué dilema! (2011). Previously, when her two films Eduardo Manostijeras (1990) and Sirenas (1990) played in theaters over the 1990 holiday season, they were both placed in the box office top 10.

The opening scene of Star Trek (2009) was originally featuring Winona with her newly born Spock, but the scene was cut and replaced with a more action-packed scene.

Beat out Kate Beckinsale, Carla Gugino and Uma Thurman for the role of Geneva in ¡Qué dilema! (2011).

It was Winona who brought the idea of redoing Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" to Francis Ford Coppola's attention. She had been given a pile of scripts by her agent, one of which was titled "Dracula: The Untold Story". This was the first time Ryder had ever read anything to do with Dracula, let alone see a film about him. Coppola was interested as he saw it as a bridge-building exercise between him and Ryder after she had inexplicably dropped out of El padrino. Parte III (1990).

In 2009, on Paramount Pictures' website with "For Your Consideration" banners for the award, they had featured one for Winona's performance in Star Trek (2009) despite her limited screen time.

According to Francis Ford Coppola, much of the cast for Drácula de Bram Stoker (1992) was assembled as Winona's "dream cast".

For the first time in 17 years, she would have to audition for a role, as the film crew of ¡Qué dilema! (2011) wished to see what actress could create the right chemistry with Vince Vaughn. She originally auditioned for "Beth", put they found her perfect for "Geneva".

Has collaborated with Tim Burton, on film, three times now. There was a 21 year long gap between their second and third project.

Ranked #49 on Empire magazine's 100 sexiest movie stars.

Was Martin Scorsese's first and only choice for the role of May Welland.

Turned down the Bridget Fonda role in La asesina (1993).

Was considered for the role of Ravenna the Evil Queen in Blancanieves y la leyenda del cazador (2012) before Charlize Theron got the role.

When she was living with Johnny Depp in 1991, he once sent 200 packets of her favorite food, Oriental-flavored Ramen noodles, to her hotel room when she was away working on a film.

In 1997, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph Califano Jr. publicly referred to her as a negative role model for having done "more damage to young girls" than any other actress "because she smokes all the time in every movie she makes".

Her Walk of Fame star resides directly in front of the Johnny Grant building next to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard, where Grant says he can "watch over her every day".

Was ranked 183 on the list of VH1 Greatest Pop Culture Icons.

Is the object of obsession for a young boy, played by British teen actor Craig Roberts, in the Tim Burton-directed music video "Here With Me" for the rock band The Killers (2012).

Winona's father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Russia and Romania). Winona's mother's maiden name, "Istas", is Belgian.

Was due to appear at the 2nd Beckett's Festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland but had to pull out due to a sudden bereavement.

In 1993, Ryder offered a reward in the hope that it would lead to the return of kidnapped child Polly Klaas. Klaas lived in Petaluma, the same town where Ryder grew up. Ryder offered a $200,000 reward for the 12-year-old kidnap victim's safe return.

Angelina Jolie thanked her in her Oscar acceptance speech when she won 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role' for Inocencia interrumpida (1999), adding that "Winona, you're amazing and thank you for supporting all of us through this.".

Attended the world premiere of Frankenweenie (2012) in Los Angeles, California. [September 2012]

One of her favorite actresses is Barbara Stanwyck.

Wanted to be a competitive skateboarder when she was younger.

When Joyce Maynard released private letters from J.D. Salinger to the public for an auction, Ryder bid on them in hopes of sending them back to Salinger to honor his privacy or to ignite them if he did not wish to keep them. Salinger is one of her favorite writers.

Daughter of Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Horowitz.

Cut her eyelashes for her part as a city council woman in Show Me a Hero (2015) after writer David Simon sweet-mannered said they made her look too endearing.

Personal Quotes
When asked why is she always playing teenagers, during a press junket for Sirenas(1990): Like, I'm nineteen. What am I supposed to do, play a judge?!

I read biographies of the greats, and they were so messed up that I thought I'd better mess myself up. But I couldn't. I'm too small.

For a long time, I was almost ashamed of being an actress. I felt like it was a shallow occupation. People would be watching my every move.

On Escuela de jóvenes asesinos (1988): It's a brilliant piece of literature, and I call it literature because it really is. I held it up next to "Catcher in the Rye" and all the great books that I've read.

I don't feel threatened like Julia Roberts. Pretty Woman (1990) turned her into an overnight celebrity rather than an actress. Now her whole career is about box-office -- if her movies don't break $l00-million. It's not a burden I'd ever want to carry.

On Alien resurrección (1997): I couldn't hold my own against Sigourney Weaver and those special effects. I still don't know what I was doing in that movie. I look at it now and realize I really didn't belong. I'm just this little girl running around.

I still practice Buddhism to a certain extent and I believe in karma.

My father is an atheist. My mother is Buddhist. They encouraged my siblings and me to take the best part of other religions to make our own belief system.

I live in San Francisco, I have an apartment in New York, but I'm here all the time. Nobody knows... You can't stay away. I'm a San Franciscan to the bone.

I love Westerns. John Ford is one of the 10 best directors.

Focus should be on the art of film, not on the business of film.

My godfather Timothy Leary coined the phrase "question authority", it is one of my favorites. To question our government is the most important thing people can do right now in the US.

[on why she never felt guilty about her shoplifting arrest]: I didn't have this tremendous sense of guilt because I hadn't hurt anyone. Had I physically harmed someone or caused harm to a human being, I think it would have been an entirely different experience.

(on El padrino. Parte III (1990)) I was devastated because I love the Godfather movies so much. What happened was I'd done Sirenas (1990) and we were shooting for spring in the coldest winter in Boston's history, and I got an upper respiratory infection. The day I wrapped I had to get on a plane to Italy. I actually passed out in the costume-fitting. I was just exhausted, and the next thing I knew I was at home with my parents. The film's insurance people said I needed to be in bed for a few weeks. I was heartbroken, but at the same time I was so sick it was a relief. And Al [Pacino] and Francis [Ford Coppola] and Diane [Keaton] all called me and were really nice, which meant a lot. I felt bad in a way because they were so mean to Sofia [Coppola], who's always been so nice to me.

(on Kate Winslet when Winona was on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) in 2000) I'm captivated by her. I think that she's the most beautiful, talented, extraordinary actresses ever to grace the screen. I watch her movies over and over. It's kind of like one of those kids how they were with Elvis. I mean, I worship her... I met her once, and I was tongue-tied, and palms were sweating... There's something about her that I'm sort of in love with. I just think she's amazing.

I'm the happiest I've ever been. I'm not going to turn into Gloria Swanson and sit in my mansion watching my movies, with a crazy cigarette holder... but I feel so blessed to have done the things that I've done.

I don't know if it's because of my love of books and the pages and the print-there's just so much romance in them-but I hate all these doublespeak abbreviations like "OMG" and "LOL". I still don't know if that means "Laugh Out Loud" or "Lots of Love".

I was out at a bar with a friend who said, "Do you realize that in America you're never going to be able to meet a guy who knows nothing about you? Everyone will have preconceived ideas about who you are." I got so bummed out. I'd never really thought about it that way.

What's awful about being famous and being an actress is when people come up to you and touch you. That's scary, and they just seem to think it's okay to do it, like you're public property.

I think too much. I think ahead. I think behind. I think sideways. I think it all. If it exists, I've fucking thought of it.

[on Tim Burton] He gave me my career. Actually, if you think about it, I don't think I would be an actress if Bitelchús (1988) hadn't come along, because I really wasn't thriving in those auditions. I'd just done a couple things, but I had black hair and was very pale, and that movie led to other things. So yeah, he gave me a career.

I don't know if it's a cold - it's just that my voice was kind of going. But it's back, so I'm actually okay. In a weird way, I was actually hoping that whatever voice thing I've got could stay so that I could sort of have a Debra Winger thing going on. I've always loved her voice. But it's getting better, so I'm going to sound like me.

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.

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.

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 Bitelchús(1988) and Escuela de jóvenes asesinos (1988), I put in work.

I'm in Brooklyn. I'm actually trying to do the bi-coastal thing now for real. I did it before, but not really. My home is San Francisco - that is definitely what I consider my home. But I have a little place for when I'm in L.A., and then there's this apartment in Williamsburg, which is the part of Brooklyn where my dad grew up. He came to visit... It's just so hip now.

I remember one time in particular. 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.

[on her childhood] I was once told that I was playing, and John Lennon was there. I was too young to know who he was. I got in trouble because I gave something to his son Sean. I get told all these amazing stories, but at that time, they were just grown-ups. Now I'm older, I'm like "What!?". Because now I have the appreciation.

(2013) Recently, they were showing Lucas (1986) and Bitelchús (1988) and it was a part of "The Golden Oldies". And I was so psyched by that, and I think I secretly like getting older and it's so cool to be in a "old Goldie".

[on the rumor that she turned down Sleepy Hollow (1999)] To be honest and boring, I was in the middle of switching agents so it could've come up. I don't know. Maybe people thought that because of [Johnny Depp] and I, but we were fine at that point. We did go through the whole year of, you know... So maybe people thought that was still an issue. It was a dramatic relationship because it was my first and they're always dramatic, but the press made it so much more. Actually I do remember talking to [Tim Burton] about Sleepy Hollow, but way before he did it. But I was interested to see it, because it was [Christina Ricci]'s first grown-up role - my little sister from Sirenas (1990).

[on Chicas malas (2004)] I'd always hoped that in some ways it was an homage to Escuela de jóvenes asesinos (1988). But then I read an interview with Tina Fey and she said "Oh no, it has nothing to do with it." I got a little defensive, because I really think Heathers created something new.

[on Angelina Jolie, her co-star of Inocencia interrumpida (1999)] She was so open about everything. I remember doing interviews with her and she would talk about things I never would. She's a completely different person these days and I have the utmost respect for her. And I think, at the time, she was also battling her looks because she's so beautiful. She wanted very much to be taken seriously and not just judged on her looks. And she conquered that. (2009)

There was a girl at my school who was kind of a Goth, and she got really picked on, absolutely tortured. People called her a witch. And she committed suicide. As soon as she did, all the kids who tormented her were like, "Oh, she was such a wonderful person." They were all at her funeral, crying. I got the script for Escuela de jóvenes asesinos(1988) that week. I thought it was a great commentary on that aspect of school life.

[on Star Trek (2009)] I really don't have much more than a cameo. I was kind of thinking I'd be like Marlon Brando in Superman (1978). Not that I'd ever compare myself to Brando!

I always loved the Patti Smith lyric, "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine." I got sent home from school wearing a Patti Smith T-shirt with that line on.

I'm on the board of human rights organizations. One is for the West Memphis Three. We have to get these kids out because they are innocent. It's about justice. We have finally got permission to do a DNA test, which should have been automatic in the first place but was denied. There were so many inconsistencies in the case against them dental impressions didn't match the three boys in prison. But the trial happened so fast - the state wanted a result. Right now, they are saying DNA has been tampered with and is not admissible as evidence. It's a catch 22 situation. The case needs serious funding. It's a gross miscarriage of justice, I hope to see them freed soon.

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