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Winona Ryder recently sat down with New York’s Heather Havrilesky for the magazine’s August 8, 2016 cover feature. Reflecting on her career’s trajectory and her recent starring role in Stranger Things, the actress also commented on the ways the media has pathologized her.

Here’s Ryder in an excerpt from the interview:

‚Äú‚ÄėI wish I could unknow this, but there is a perception of me that I‚Äôm supersensitive and fragile. And I am supersensitive, and I don‚Äôt think that‚Äôs a bad thing. To do what I do, I have to remain open.‚Äô She says that sensitive is so often used as a bad word ‚ÄĒ a euphemism for weak or crazy. ‚ÄėThere‚Äôs a line in [Stranger Things] where someone says [of her character], ‚ÄėShe‚Äôs had anxiety problems in the past.‚Äô A lot of people have picked up on that, like, ‚ÄėOh, you know, she‚Äôs crazy.‚Äô And I‚Äôm like, ‚ÄėOkay, wait a second, she‚Äôs struggling. Two kids, deadbeat dad, working her ass off. Who wouldn‚Äôt be anxious?

Even that word, anxious. It‚Äôs a bad word. And so like all of these words ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs kind of what I tried to do with Girl, Interrupted, and why I was so invested in that book and trying to get it made [as a movie]. My whole point was, this happens to every girl, almost.‚Äô Yet in trying to remove the stigma our culture places on common emotional challenges by talking about them, Ryder only stigmatized herself more. ‚ÄėI remember I did Diane Sawyer, and I talked about my experiences with anxiety and depression when I was that age. And I think by doing that, maybe coupled with my physical size, there‚Äôs this ‚Äėcrazy‚Äô thing. And I‚Äôve realized recently it‚Äôs literally impossible to try and change that story.‚Äô‚ÄĚ

And yet, as Havrilesky reveals through her profile of Ryder, the latter has long been a public figure so many of us weird girls needed. Her cool has always been quirky (long live Beetlejuice and Heathers), and her open sensitivity reminds us to honor our own.