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Winona Ryder: 'Anti-gay bullying made me a star'

Black Swan actress recalls being called 'faggot' because bullies thought she was an effeminate boy

Winona Ryder: 'Anti-gay bullying made me a star'

Hollywood actress Winona Ryder says being called ‘faggot’ at school for having short hair led to her leaving school early and becoming a star. 

The ‘Age of Innocence’ actress said she was obsessed with Bugsy Malone and had her hair cut short while she was at Kenilworth Junior High in California.

‘I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting faggot’, she told V Magazine.

Famously known for her edgy and sometimes controversial roles such as in 1998 film Heathers, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Girl Interrupted and Black Swan.

Recalling her time after starring in cult coming-of-age comedy Heathers, Ryder said she was fired from a future role because the director hated the movie.

‘The director saw an advance screening and was offended by it and fired me,’ she said. ‘And it wasn’t until years later that it became more appreciated.’

So it comes as no surprise  in new thriller action film ‘Homefront’ – starring James Franco, Jason Statham and Kate Bosworth – Ryder will be rocking a sexy, badass ‘biker chick’ look.  

‘There’s a slight camp, arm-candy element to her that appealed to me. She’s such a complete chick’.

The film is to be first shown on 27 November in the US.