IN Netflix drama Stranger Things, she plays a mum whose son goes missing under very mysterious circumstances.
And Winona Ryder has admitted she found the role emotionally draining, revealing she was “crying every day” during filming.
In a new interview with Marie Claire, the 45-year-old actress – who has no children herself – says she asked her mum Cynthia for advice on playing Joyce.
She recalls: “I said, “Mom, if every bit of logic is telling you your kid is gone, would you still [refuse to believe it]?
“And she said, ‘Absolutely.’
“I said, ‘What if they show you a body?’ She said, ‘If you don’t see it happen, you don’t believe it.’
“It’s a weird, primal thing. But I may have gone too far: it seemed like every day I was crying or freaking out.”
The first series of the show explored the disappearance of Joyce’s son Will Byers into the murky ‘Upside down’ alternative dimension in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.
A psychokinetic girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) escapes from the Hawkins laboratory and helps Will’s friends track him down.
Winona will reprise her role in the second series of the show this autumn – nearly 30 years after her breakout part in Beetlejuice.
The actress now tells the magazine that she hoped playing Lydia opposite Michael Keaton in the 1988 comedy fantasy might stop her being bullied at school, but instead had the opposite effect.
She recalls: “I remember thinking ‘Ooh it’s like the number one movie. This is going to make things great at school.
“But it made things worse. They called me a witch.”
Despite her teen struggles, she says Winona is pleased she started out back in the eighties when there was no social media.
Nowadays, she worries about the child stars of Stranger Things growing up in an enhanced spotlight.
She says: “‘I’m grateful that I got to start at the time I did.
“As much as I love it, I don’t know if I would even have become an actor [if I was starting out now]. I wouldn’t know how to [handle it].
“I do worry about the massive exposure at that age.”
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