After leaving high school, a young Winona found she had more time on her hands so joined a local theatre group - where she was later spotted by a casting director.
"Had I not been home schooled I would not have been able to go," she admits. "It's almost weird fate that it happened that way."
Ryder also addresses her ad hoc appearances on the big screen. "I was not strategic at all. I do remember feeling a lot of pressure," she says.
"I remember a lot of conversations where I was constantly hearing, 'You've gotta do this movie so you can do that movie. You've gotta make a big movie so you can make a small movie.' But I can't act like that."