Rachel Charlene Lewis
August 03, 2016 3:43 pm
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Winona Ryder is a talented beauty and ’90s icon who grew up with a spotlight constantly shining on her every move. While this may sound like a dream for some, Winona recently revealed that this time in her life was filled with challenges. While having to work hard to find her own voice amidst continual career pressures, Ryder also got dealt with a now infamous 2001 shoplifting incident, which she discussed with Porter magazine.

“People would tell me, ‘Oh you should be doing this, or that, and you have to keep working otherwise people will forget about you.’ But I learned to stop listening to those voices.”

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Women in Hollywood have long expressed the duality of their lives. On one hand, they feel excitement and love what they’re doing. Yet, on the other side of the spectrum, they feel suffocated by others’ expectations. With this not-often-talked-about phenomenon in mind, Ryder aimed to be honest about the trajectory of her career, and how it impacted her self-confidence and sense of self.

In terms of the shoplifting incident, Ryder said that it wasn’t what people made it out to be:

“I won’t get into what happened, but it wasn’t what people think. And it wasn’t like the crime of the century!”

The event did have a positive side, however, as it gave Winona the freedom she’d been desperately craving. In other words: It allowed the actress to take a much-needed break from Hollywood as she learned to stop listening to what everyone else was telling her to do.

“But it allowed me [the] time that I really needed, where I went back to San Francisco and got back into things that… I just had other interests, frankly.”

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Ultimately, we’re overjoyed to see that Winona is back and better than ever. Plus, we remain super grateful for her influential presence in not just Hollywood, but in our lives.