Winona Ryder isn’t that girl in class that raises her hand first. As far as celebrities go, she’s highly private and reclusive, especially in the years following Girl, Interrupted (1999) and her shoplifting trial (2002).
Thankfully, the beloved icon who debuted in 1986’s Lucas opposite Corey Haim and Charlie Sheen, later blazing brooding witty trails with Beetlejuice, Mermaids and Reality Bites, has recently put herself in the public eye just a tiny bit more than we’re used to.
In a brief Q&A with Parade, Ryder admitted to watching and reciting dialogue from her old movies when they’re on TV.
“Well, yeah! Now they’re considered golden oldies, which is awesome,” says Ryder, 41, whose latest film is The Iceman (in theaters May 3). “I was watching Little Women recently, and I didn’t want to get up for fear of missing something. And Heathers is like my own Rocky Horror Picture Show; I recite the lines when it’s on. It may seem odd, but I think it’s because they’re really good movies.”
Heathers, Ryder’s cultiest classic, is a perfectly-executed comedy about teen suicide that contains more memorable dialogue than Diablo Cody’s entire filmography. (It’s on Netflix streaming just FYI.) Lines like:
I heard Heathers was re-made as a stage musical and may come back as a TV show on Bravo, which I hope doesn’t pan out. You know there isn’t a director or showrunner in this world that could pull off a remake because they wouldn’t have the balls [or be allowed] to make light of heavy subject matter like bulimia, homophobia, and guns and bombs at school.
There’s also no way they’d be able to do the original cast justice. Wino forever.