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Winona Ryder

Things got really awkward for Winona Ryder last week, Us Weekly reported.

While promoting her new movie, “The Iceman”, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sept. 10, Ryder, 40, was asked if she felt “welcome again,” in Hollywood.

Ryder was singled out during a press conference alongside costars Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and Michael Shannon, as well as writer, director and producer Ariel Vroman.

“It’s been a long time we’ve seen you,” a male reporter told Ryder. “Now you’re coming out with this movie and Frankenweenie'”.  “So, two movies in the same year. So, now do you feel welcome again in Hollywood?”

Ryder, who was infamously convicted of shoplifting, grand theft and vandalism in 2001, kept her cool while responding to the reporter’s question.

“Well…um…I don’t…I was asked that question in Venice. I don’t know if I’m developing a little bit of a complex because I don’t know if you’re saying, ‘We missed you!’ or ‘What are you doing here?'” Ryder responded.  “I think for me, I started so young, and when you experience a lot of blessings and success when I did, usually you’re told you get three years, and it’s great just to have that…I couldn’t believe I was still doing it in my 20s.”

After starring in the 1980’s dark comedy “Heathers”, Ryder enjoyed a string of leading roles in several films including “Edward Scissorhands”, “Reality Bites” and “Girl, Interrupted”.  Following her conviction, the actress took a hiatus, sporadically appearing in films until prominently returning to the big screen in 2006 for Richard Linklater’s, “A Scanner Darkly.”

Read Ryder’s complete response here.

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