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Posted at 4:38 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Winona Ryder in GQ: Mel Gibson, 'Celebrity Rehab' and her deep, dark past

By Liz Kelly


Winona Ryder is, according to the latest GQ, "too old to coquette and too young to cougar." She also "bats a set of eyelashes as dark and lush as marabou dipped in squid ink." This, by the way, is a maribou stork, so I'm thinking maybe Winona should be slightly offended.

Ryder, is of course, one ingredient that contributed to Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," the creepy ballerina thriller nominated for both a Golden Globe best picture award and Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. And so she's back on the radar for, essentially, playing herself -- a fading star tossed aside in favor of the next new young thing. Of course, Ryder did help herself off the Hollywood fastrack in 2001 when she was arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills.

And so we're in the midst of a mini Winona revival. Whether or not it will turn into a full-blown comeback is anyone's guess at this point. In the meantime, let's take a look at a few excerpts from the article:

On Mel Gibson (who has since been proven to be a clown of the highest order):

"I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!"

Source: GQ

Much more after the jump...

Apparently, according to author Alex Pappademas, Ryder is somewhat of a luddite:

She's still figuring out how to work her iPhone. She talks about TMZ but calls it TZM. She doesn't know who Justin Bieber is. She says she's never seen a reality-TV show, and she seems genuinely puzzled and horrified by the existence of Celebrity Rehab.

About that 2001 shoplifting arrest:

"It's just like, nothing... I don't, like, even... I mean, I know people still... I apologize, 'cause I understand the curiosity. I just don't really want to go there."

On whether Ryder identifies with Natalie Portman's character in "Black Swan," who is a young woman "forced to dig into her dark side":

"I think, yeah, there's a lot of danger in that," she says. "And I think that made me freak out a little bit. I think I was playing with fire there, for a while."

By Liz Kelly  | December 16, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Winona Ryder  
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