Winona Ryder: I Don't Eat on Camera Anymore
She's no starving artist, but the iconic actress learned to steer clear of food while filming
Was it something she ate? Pretty much!
Winona Ryder is making a grand return to the spotlight, and she’s sharing some tricks of the trade she’s learned along the way.
For one: Just say no to nibbling scenes. While filming the lesser-known 1990 teen comedy Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, Ryder, then 19, says she learned this the hard way.
“There’s a scene in my bedroom where I start eating Almond Roca,” Ryder, 41, tells PEOPLE while promoting her new film The Iceman in New York City. “I was so young. It was before I knew the tricks of moviemaking, and I didn’t know you shoot a lot of different angles.”
One tasty toffee led to another. “I gobbled them and didn’t realize I had to keep doing it,” says Ryder, “So I had to eat 64 Almond Roca that day. I got so sick.”
Dozens of popular films and food scenes later, Ryder says it’s a feeling she’s never forgotten.
“In the beginning you’re like, ‘Ooh, that looks good.’ But hours later, no. Now when I do a film, you never see me eating. I’ll be doing this,” says the actress, motioning towards her mouth, “but rarely do I ever put it in.”
Which may just be the trick when you see Ryder eating in 1995’s Reality Bites.