Winona Ryder has been a fixture in spooky and bizarre movies since she made her debut in Lucas as a teenager. The romantic comedy-drama film was released on March 28, 1986, when Winona Ryder was 14 years old. She turned 15 on October 29, 1986.
Winona Ryder was 14 years old when she made her film debut as Rina in the 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film Lucas (20th Century Fox)
With such a long tenure in Hollywood, it’s natural to assume Ryder, like many celebrities, has dipped her toe, or her face, rather, into as many pots as she can in search of the fountain of youth.
But Ryder is taking a different approach, a more natural one. Here’s why Ryder won’t be going under the knife any time soon:
Winona Ryder Appreciates Her Age
As noted, Winona Ryder began her acting career as a teenager. Few people are able to do so, and from that pool, a minuscule number parlay their acting career into adulthood, and those who do often suffer serious issues, such as addiction or anxiety. Entertainment is not an easy industry to be in, especially as a teenager.
Before and after rumored plastic surgery: Winona Ryder in a leather jacket at “The Player” New York City Premiere on April 6, 1992 (L) and at the premiere of Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 2 at Regency Bruin Theatre on October 26, 2017, in Los Angeles (Credit: Startraksphoto / Shutterstock / Tinseltown)
But Ryder is somewhat of a walking miracle seeing as she’s a working actor who’s made it into adulthood unscathed by Hollywood standards.
And as she told The Edit in 2016, “I love getting older. I think it has to do with always being the kid on set.” If we’d grown up in Hollywood, we’d probably appreciate age, too.
It’s interesting because, these days, cosmetic surgery is treated almost like hygiene. I’ve had people say to me, ‘Oh, you should, you know…’ and they point to my forehead. ‘Get that seen to!’ But I’m like, ‘No! I’ve been waiting so long for that to happen!’”
Ryder has a far different perspective on aging than most in her profession. As she told the outlet, “I know actresses have a tough time because of their age … they’re just not getting hired. I know it exists. You’re the girlfriend, then you’re the mother. But I don’t see it as a bad thing … it can be just as interesting, if not more so, than the leading-lady, ingénue phase.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder at a Giorgio Armani party in 1996 (Credit: Alex Oliveira / Startraksphoto)
Because of this, Ryder has no intention of getting injections or having other work done. As she put it, she’s been waiting to age, and she’ll wear all that comes with her age with pride and honor.
Plastic Surgery Rumors
Though Winona Ryder looks as though she’s immune to aging, she is a Hollywood actress, and therefore she’s not immune to rumors.
The better you look in Hollywood, the more likely it is that you’ve had some sort of plastic surgery, and one expert believes Ryder isn’t being honest about her public decision to abstain from the practice.
Actress Winona Ryder at the “Smoke Signals” New York City Premiere on June 23, 1998, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City (R) and at a screening of HBO’s “The Plot Against America” presented by 92Y Poetry Center at 92nd Street Y on March 6, 2020, in New York City (Credit: Adam Nemser / Startraksphoto)
As one surgeon told Mirror Online, there’s speculation, based on side-by-side photos of the actress, that Ryder has undergone some non-surgical procedure, like lip fillers, to achieve the look she has today. Of course, Ryder has not addressed these rumors, and it’s entirely possible she’s changed her look simply by hiring a good makeup artist.
Whether she’s had work done or not, Ryder is still aging beautifully, and what’s more important, she continues to entertain fans with her fantastic work through unique roles that only she can bring to life.