Winona Ryder, seemingly absent for the better part of a decade, has a featured role in the giant Oscar-bait extravaganza that is Black Swan. This qualifies the icon of a bygone era as glossy mag comeback-profile fodder; the feature in this month’s GQ, “Winona Forever,” compares her to Robert Downey, Jr.
(A stretch, we say, given Downey, Jr.’s current leading-man appeal, though the two have had similar substance abuse issues — a shoplifting-era Winona, the GQ piece notes, was found with this laundy list: “a syringe, bottles of Demerol and diazepam, six Valiums, forty Vicoprofens, two Vicodins, two Percocets, a Percodan, and a morphine-sulfate capsule.”)
But the juiciest part of the piece comes when Winona dishes celebrity dirt. GQ doesn’t include all of it, but this anecdote makes the cut, presumably for the sake of the common good.
“I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”
Look at all the time and effort we could have saved if we had just listened to Winona. Sigh.