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By Cady Lang
October 6, 2017

Lydia Deetz has been the quirky goth hero of many since she first appeared in the ’80s cult classic film Beetlejuice, but it turns out that the role haunted real-life counterpart Winona Ryder.

The beloved Stranger Things star shared with Marie Claire U.K. that she was bullied by her peers despite the overwhelming popularity of the film; in fact, the movie gave them another way to tease her by calling her a “witch.”

“I remember thinking, ‘Ooh, it’s, like, the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school,'” Ryder said. “But it made things worse. They called me a witch.”

Ryder didn’t let the haters get to her, however; in the time since, she’s had plenty of other truly memorable roles since then and even nabbed a Golden Globe Award in 1994 for for her role in The Age of Innocence.

 

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