She was cast in her first movie, Lucas, at 14 and was starring in Beetlejuice by 17.Soon everything she touched was destined to be a box office hit or cult classic.“Wow.” *** Born in 1971 to two writers in a farmhouse near Winona, Minnesota, Ryder had a rather unconventional childhood.
Most girls go through that at around that age—20, 21.” The 1999 film, which deals with women grappling with mental illness, was Ryder’s passion project and took her seven years to get onscreen.“I took some years off, and I didn’t realize that was very dangerous in terms of my career. I think mine were—people might see them as awful—but I learned, and I appreciated the time away.” For almost a decade, Ryder was largely missing from the screen, in part because studios couldn’t figure out how to use this iconic rebel teen who was no longer a teen.I was constantly being told, ‘You have to keep working so you stay relevant.’ When I was ready to come back, I was like, ‘Oh, where did everyone go? “My thirties were a little bit tough, for various reasons.Even when she donned a blonde wig to play the high school cheerleader, it was for Tim Burton’s surreal Edward Scissorhands.In these roles she blew up (in Heathers’ case, But Ryder was also one of the early casualties of the rising tabloid era. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it.