Winona Ryder: She’s Baaacck!

Everyone’s favorite sullen minx from “Beetlejuice” has returned to the spotlight! Closing in on 40, the formerly sticky-fingered Winona Ryder has descended from her pedestal for an interview with BlackBook. Why? She’s got a movie to promote (“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”), dammit! After the jump, the best of what wacky Winona spewed. On her friend Heath Ledger’s death:

“‘What happens to you when you die? Does your energy dissipate? Is there something whole about your soul that keeps going?'”

On ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp:

“‘Things changed for me when I met Johnny,’ she says. ‘This weird thing happens when you’re written about in magazines, where you start to think, This is who I am. This is how I have to be. I felt restricted and pressured into being the way people perceived me. It was hard for me to find my footing. The Johnny thing made me really afraid of the press because, even though it was about him, I was beside him the entire time.'”

On celebrity dating:

“I was out at a bar with a friend who said, ‘Do you realize that in America you’re never going to be able to meet a guy who knows nothing about you? Everyone will have preconceived ideas about who you are.’ I got so bummed out. I’d never really thought about it that way.'”

On going wackadoodle:

“‘I remember waking up one morning,’ she says of her breaking point. ‘I looked in the mirror and thought, Am I going crazy? So I checked myself into a hospital where I stayed for a few days. I was surrounded by people who had been molested and abused. I felt like they hated me, didn’t know what the f**k I was doing there and wanted me to get the hell out because what the f**k did I have to complain about?’ A smile builds across her face when she adds, ‘When it was my turn to talk in group therapy sessions, I was like, I’m just really tired because it’s hard to be famous.'”

On the future:

“‘I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m not going to turn into Gloria Swanson and sit in my mansion watching my movies, with a crazy cigarette holder,’ she says. ‘But I feel so blessed to have done the things that I’ve done.'”