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Winona Ryder's liberating acting roles

Winona Ryder's liberating acting roles

Winona Ryder finds it "liberating" playing a character that's her own age.

The 'Experimenter' star isn't worried about being offered roles such as "mom parts", which are closer to her age.

She said: "I know there's a lot of conversations right now about ageism, and I know a lot of actresses who have a tough time, and I've gotten offered those mom parts.

"But you can make something of it. For me, I'm finally getting to play my own age, and it's liberating. I would not want to go back to playing the ingénue."

And the 44-year-old actress also opened up about the time she took off from the industry, admitting she didn't realise it was "very dangerous" for her career.

She added to Time magazine: "I will admit I was guilty of that when I was younger because you get caught up in it, surrounded by people that are telling you that it's the most important thing, and you're young and you believe it. It was really important for me to get out.

"I took some years off, and I didn't realise that was very dangerous in terms of my career. I was constantly being told, 'You have to keep working so you stay relevant.' When I was ready to come back, I was like, 'Oh, where did everyone go?' A lot of actors have ups and downs. I think mine were - people might see them as awful - but I learned and I appreciated the time away."

Meanwhile, Winona previously admitted fame is "incredibly isolating".

She said: "Fame can be incredibly isolating ... there was a time when I would go for a hike and I wouldn't even know that I was being photographed. It was actually pretty weird and traumatic. I was so young that I didn't understand what was going on."