Belfast Telegraph

I enjoy getting older, says Winona

Actress Winona Ryder is finding it easier to make the transition to adult roles now she is in her 40s, she says in an interview.

She went through a period of time when she continued to be associated with younger roles because of her looks, she tells The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine.

The 42-year-old will be playing a mysterious financial PR in David Hare's new political thriller, Turks & Caicos, alongside Christopher Walken, Bill Nighy and Helena Bonham Carter, to be shown on BBC2 later this month.

She says it was hard to find a transition to adult roles.

"But I'm actually really enjoying getting older because I went through a period of time where I was technically old enough for roles but always associated with younger ones. The whole of my thirties was spent that way. Now that I'm in my forties it's getting a little bit easier."

Asked if she had enjoyed being the hottest actress out there, stepping out with the hottest men - Johnny Depp and Matt Damon - she says: "It was actually pretty weird and traumatic. I was so young that I didn't really understand what was going on. I always just really wanted to be a good actress."

Bill tells The Sunday Times's Culture magazine about suffering anxiety attacks, though they are not as bad now as they were.

When the interviewer tells him everyone thinks his job is fun, he says: "I know. Try it. I think I have a tendency to project doom, which I work against. I expect the worst, in a way to pre-empt it. It's the usual things. 'This time, they'll bust me. No, they won't. Shut up. Go to sleep. Can't.'"

He once found himself being jealous of the lollipop lady at the end of the street because she could knock off at 10am, whereas he was "on the way to another possible humiliation in the rehearsal room".

He asked himself: "What am I trying to prove? Does it matter whether I can act or not? Does anyone mind? I don't mind."

He cannot watch himself on screen. "Would you?" he asks.

But he enjoyed finding fame at 54 with his performance as ageing rocker Billy Mack in the film Love Actually in 2003.

He was pictured in a Sunday newspaper buying a pineapple, with his tibetan terrier, Nell, and thought: "Next time I buy a pineapple, I'd better get my hair right."


From Belfast Telegraph