Winona Ryder Dishes on What It’s Like Being a Goth Icon After All These Years

Stranger Things put Winona Ryder back on the map.

The actress covers the September issue of NYLON, where she reveals what it’s like to be a goth icon — even after all these years. It’s safe to say that her role in Netflix’s Stranger Things brought back lots of memories for everyone, including Ryder. So when asked how she feels about being associated with ’90s fashion, she only had positive things to say.

“I feel kind of proud, I guess, but I can’t take full credit,” she said. “It’s flattering to me. It was a long time ago, but I’ve always felt sort of attached to that time [’90s goth]. I was listening to The Cure’s ‘Pictures of You’ because I have these old mixtapes that I don’t know what to do with—I’m like, ‘How do I transfer them?’ I still have a tape deck.”

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As for how she feels about aging, she admits it’s never been an issue.

“I never really had any hang-ups about aging,” Ryder, 44, reveals. “I’m not trying in any way to be insensitive to the conversations about ageism going on, because I know it’s definitely a struggle. I think just, for me, part of it is probably having started so young and that desire I had — I was always hanging out with, or trying to hang out with, the ‘grown-ups.'”