Following her big, beautiful comeback as a distraught mother determined to rescue her son from paranormal forces in "Stranger Things," it seemed impossible to love Winona Ryder any more.
After all, the characters she portrayed throughout the late '80s and '90s made her something of a ~quirky girl~ icon, and it seems both unfair and inexplicable that her December 2001 arrest for shoplifting led to the serious career hiatus it did. So when the Duffer Brothers finally brought her back to center stage after years of small roles and cameos, it was a damn relief to see she's still got it. She still plays the borderline-unhinged character to perfection, though her frenzied character on "Stranger Things," Joyce, is decidedly less cool than, say, Susanna on "Girl, Interrupted."
Actually, these days Ryder might share a bit more in common with Joyce — namely, puzzlement over what the youths are into. During an interview with Variety on a recent press tour, she shared what some of these puzzlements are — and ended up sounding like an adorable grandma. It's wonderful.
About Taylor Swift's fandom, she had this to say:
And she thought Snapchat was a brand of CHIPS.
Now, though, she gets it — kinda?
Her "Stranger Things" co-star Millie Bobby Brown reported showing her Snapchat over lunch, and this was Ryder's take:
"It’s like the mirrors when you go to the fair and they have those weird reflections, you’re tiny or super stretched."
How damn quaint is this analogy? I mean, really. Fun House mirrors at a FAIR?
She laughed about the fact the show's directors didn't understand how rotary phones work.
And she reminisced about her first-ever time calling a crush (via landline, of course).
As for the vast amounts of hype the show has generated online, Ryder remembers a day "back then" when getting positive reviews felt very different.
We think you're more than OK, Winona. Keep the grandma-isms coming!