Winona Ryder Provides 1980s Fact-Checks On Stranger Things, Altering The Scripts If Needed



Winona Ryder Provides 1980s Fact-Checks On Stranger Things, Altering The Scripts If Needed

When you’re making a show set in the 1980s and jam-packed with all things 1980s pop culture, it helps to have a 1980s icon on set. Such is the case for Stranger Things and Winona Ryder, who not only stars in the series as Joyce Byers but also makes sure creators Matt and Ross Duffer maintain 1980s accuracy on set. Ryder’s colleague told Harper’s Bazaar (via IndieWire) that the Duffer Brothers have often had to change scripts after Ryder fact-checked them.


“She’d tell them, ‘This song actually came out in ’85, and you have it in ’83,’” David Harbour shared. “She knew all of these minute, tiny details they didn’t even know, and they had to change things in the script based on that…It’s just kind of epic how wild her mind is and how it goes to all these different corners.”

Ryder first appeared on stage and screen in the 1986 film Lucas. With Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, the cult hit Heathers, and the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls of Fire, her career ascended rapidly.


On the set of the show, Ryder also impassioned the group of young actors. “I want the kids to understand, this does not happen,” shared the actress. “This is really unusual. And I’m always telling them, ‘The work is the reward!’ Because when I was that age, it was so hard to enjoy the fruits of my labor.”

“This business is brutal,” Ryder went on. “You’re working constantly, but if you want to take a break, they tell you, ‘If you slow down, it’s going to stop.’ And then it did slow down. So then you’re hearing, ‘It’s going to be impossible to come back.’ And then that changes to, ‘You’re not even part of the conversation.’ Like, it was brutal.”


Ross Duffer claims that Millie Bobby Brown, the show’s breakout teen, has benefited much from Ryder’s consultancy.

“[Winona has] talked to the kids about what celebrity is like and how the press can be and the anxiety and confusion that comes along with celebrity,” Duffer stated. “I think she’s really helped them. I know she’s specifically helped Millie [Bobby Brown] a lot to work through that. And that’s something that no one else can help with, really, because so few people have experienced it. It’s not something I understand. It’s not something that, you know, even a parent would understand.”

Season 4 of Stranger Things is currently available on Netflix to stream the first seven episodes. The series’ final two episodes launch on July 1.

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