A two-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress Winona Ryder finally breaks her silence on her shoplifting incident five years ago, where she got in trouble for stealing. Ryder, who was arrested in December 2001, after she’d been videotaped trying to run away with merchandise from the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue.
After years of silence on the topic, the actress opened up on the issues to Vogue magazine for their August issue, which features Ryder as the cover star. The ‘Heathers’ actress said taking the clothes from Saks, wasn’t what got her down, but rather the surrounding media hype.
Ryder told the magazine,
The attention was what was embarrassing. It was the December after September 11. . . So much attention was being paid to me, when we had just been attacked and there was all this really important news going on.
A few months before the incident, Ryder admitted she was taking heavy painkillers, which she was taking due to an injury. She told Vogue,
Two months prior to that, I broke my arm in two places, and the doctor … was giving me a lot of stuff and I was taking it at first to get through the pain. And then there was this weird point when you don’t know if you are in pain but you’re taking it. Have you ever taken painkillers? It isn’t a reckless [state], like you’re out of your head. It’s just confusion.
After her court issues were resolved, the ‘Girl, Interrupted’ star shifted to San Francisco to live near her parents and decide not to work. She said,
No one [in my family] ever got angry with me. Concerned, yes, but not concerned with a drug problem or anything. Because after that night I pretty much didn’t ever… If you are ever arrested, you can’t ever do that again. I didn’t have this tremendous sense of guilt because I hadn’t hurt anyone.
Now Ryder has finally returned to work with three new movies due out this year, including The Ten, Sex and Death 101 and The Last Word.
Though single, Ryder’s past boyfriends have included stars like Matt Damon, Dave Pirner and Johnny Depp now is looking forward for a family. The actress said she now wants to get married and have kids.