Before Winona Ryder made it as an actress, she was bullied as a pre-teen back in junior high school. Over the weekend, she shared an anecdote about her experience that went viral, recalling exactly what name she was called by the group of school bullies. Ryder remembered she’d cross paths with that same group of girls later in the future when they asked for an autograph, and is candid about her response. While all forms of bullying are egregious, it’s interesting to learn that Ryder, who is not gay, was actually called a homophobic slur. Her story proves, once again, that homophobia has repercussions that can have wide-reaching effects.
The anecdote was from a biography of the actress by Nigel Goodall. According to the book, this happened on her third day of seventh grade at Petaluma’s Kenilworth Junior High.