Winona Ryder plays Joyce Byers, the mother searching for her young son following his puzzling disappearance in Netflix's Stranger Things.

"In the past couple of years I've done some things I'm really proud of, and Stranger Things is definitely at the top of the list," the actress told Polygon, speaking about her role in the TV series.

A veritable cinema icon 30 years ago, the actress starred in Heathers, Edward Scissorhands and Girl, Interrupted. More recently she had a supporting role in the Emmy-nominated mini-series, Show Me a Hero alongside Oscar Isaac.

Television was a new medium for the actress and she was a little nervous about Stranger Things.  "It was something I had never really done," Ryder said. "It was a role I had never done in a medium I had never done. What I loved about it, though, was just how imperfect Joyce was as a character."

"I appreciated that she was complicated, that she was struggling," Ryder said. "She carried around a lot of guilt, but like most women I know, was just trying to get by. I just appreciated all of her flaws and I felt that she was challenging and complicated. I was attracted to it."

Throughout her career, the actress has felt conscious of either looking too young for certain parts or too old for others. "It was a little tough," Ryder admitted. "I looked too young or people didn't buy me at the age I was going out for. Even if it was my actual age! !

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