Winona Ryder Was Gay Bashed in High School
By Jerry Portwood
Winona Ryder seems to be taking a page out of the Jodie Foster playbook and deciding to go the lady-in-an-action movie route: Her next film is later in November, where she'll appear alongside hottie Jason Statham, James Franco, and Kate Bosworth in the action-thriller Homefront (Nov. 27).
Looking a bit like Sally Bowles-meets-Cruising on the cover of V magazine (maybe she can sing and take over for Michelle Williams in Cabaret on Broadway a la Molly Ringwald after Williams inevitably departs?), she also gives us some delicious history and quotage from the story that accompanies the sexy fashion pictorials.
On playing a meth-dealing biker lady in Homefront:
"There's a slightly camp, arm-candy element to her that appealed to me. She's such a complete chick. She's what you think of when you hear the words 'biker chick.'"
On being fired because of her role in Heathers:
"I was fired once from a movie because I did Heathers! I was cast in a movie and the director saw an advance screening and was offended by it and fired me. It wasn't until years later that [the film] became more appreciated."
On being gay-bashed because she looked like a gay boy:
"The lore! That did happen," she confirmed, explaining how she dropped out of Kenilworth Junior High School after being gay-bashed by a group of bullies who mistook her for a boy. "I was obsessed with Bugsy Malone and had cut my hair short. I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting 'faggot.' "
Watch a Red Band trailer of Homefront below: