Winona Ryder Opens Up About That Shoplifting Incident

The world has known Winona Ryder's name for nearly three decades now. However, we all remember her for the shoplifting incident that nearly killed her career. Or did it?

For the first time since the episode in 2001, Winona has spoken about being caught attempting to shoplift designer clothes from a SAKS Fifth Avenue store.

“Psychologically, I must have been at a place where I just wanted to stop," she told Porter magazine.
"I won’t get into what happened, but it wasn’t what people think. And it wasn’t like the crime of the century!"

Winona was fined US $2,700 and ordered to do 480 hours of community service for the attempted theft.

However, ultimately, the 44-year-old actress says the incident was a bit of a blessing in disguise.

"It allowed me time that I really needed, where I went back to San Francisco and got back into things that... I just had other interests, frankly," she said.

However, she does say that while she may have appeared to disappear from the screen in the years following that period. But Winona explains that's not entirely true. 

"A lot of people had the perception that I just disappeared in the 2000s. And I did, but only from that world," she said. "I appeared elsewhere, I promise you. I was transformed into doing stuff I really wanted to do – it was a great awakening. It just wasn’t in the public eye."

Winona's early career was coloured by a series of offbeat blockbuster hits, like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Heathers. She also earned a few Oscar nominations for her performances in Little Women and The Age of Innocence

Winona is now starring in new drama, Stranger Things.

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