Winona Ryder speaks out about 2001 shoplifting arrest: 'It wasn't the crime of the century'

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Winona Ryder Talks Her 2001 Shoplifting Arrest: 'It Wasn't the Crime of the Century'

Fifteen years after her shoplifting incident made headlines, Winona Ryder says the ordeal was hardly "the crime of the century," and prompted a much-needed break from Hollywood.

In the latest issue of Porter magazine, Ryder reflects on the difficult period during which she kicked off her thirties and was arrested at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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"Psychologically, I must have been at a place where I just wanted to stop," the 44-year-old actress tells the publication. "I won't get into what happened, but it wasn't what people think. And it wasn't like the crime of the century!"

"But it allowed me time that I really needed, where I went back to San Francisco and got back into things that," she adds. "I just had other interests, frankly."

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American actress Winona Ryder standing with her hands in her pockets, circa 1989. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 23: Actor Rob Lowe and actress Winona Ryder attend the 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1988 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actress Winona Ryder as Blanca Trueba smiles taking her hand on the breast, while caressing little Sasha Hanau as Alba Garcìa de Satigny Trueba, Blanca's daughter, who sleeps on the sofa; it's a scene from the movie The House of the Spirits, based upon the homonymous, well-known novel written by Isabel Allende. Denmark, 1993. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
American actress Winona Ryder, circa 1989. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Winona Ryder (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 25: Actress Winona Ryder and friend Kevin Haley attend the Fourth Annual Independent Spirit Awards on March 25, 1989 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Winona Ryder (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 29: Actress Winona Ryder attends Damien Elwes' Art Exhibtion on April 29, 1989 at the CAZ Gallery in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 26: Actress Winona Ryder attends the 'Great Balls of Fire' New York City Premiere on June 26, 1989 at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Winona Ryder (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins, Cher, and Christina Ricci in publicity portrait for the film 'Mermaids', 1990. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Winona Ryder (right) and guest during World Premiere of Bram Stroker's 'Dracula' at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 13: Musician Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and actress Winona Ryder attend 'The Age of Innocence' New York City Premiere on September 13, 1993 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Winona Ryder during Liz Phair and Beck Perform at McCabe's Guitar Store, 1993 at McCabe's Guitar Store in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 25: Actress Winona Ryder attends the American Movie Classics' Fifth Annual Film Preservation Festival - 'Salute to Film Noir' on September 25, 1997 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 9: Actress Winona Ryder attends the Motion Picture Club's 58th Annual Awards & Installation Luncheon on October 9, 1997 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(NO TABLOIDS) Winona Ryder & Gwyneth Paltrow during 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 3: Actress Winona Ryder attends the 'Joan of Arc' 50th Anniversary Screening on December 3, 1998 at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Winona Ryder during 'Eyes Wide Shut' Los Angeles Premiere Party at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 9: Actress Winona Ryder and friend Kevin Haley attend 'The Pledge' Hollywood Premiere on January 9, 2001 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
384234 11: Actress Winona Ryder at actor Anthony Hopkin's hand and footprint ceremony outside the famous Mann's Chinese Theatre January 11, 2001 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)
Winona Ryder during Anthony Hopkins Footprint Ceremony at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Actress Winona Ryder listens as the verdict is read at the Beverly Hills Municipal Court on the eighth day of her shoplifting trial on November 6, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. The 31 year-old actress was found not guilty of burglary charges, guilty of vandalism and felony grand theft charges stemming from her shoplifting arrest December 12, 2001 at Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Lee Celano-Pool/Getty Images)
Winona Ryder at the start of her trial for shoplifting. 101602 ©2002 RAMEY PHOTO (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Winona Ryder during 'Cruel And Unusual' Exhibition to Benefit The West Memphis Three Hosted by Winona Ryder at Sixspace Gallery in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Winona Ryder (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke during 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival - 'Before Sunset' Premiere at ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Winona Ryder (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Marc Jacobs and Winona Ryder during Marc Jacobs Celebrates the Opening of Three Los Angeles Stores - Red Carpet at Marc Jacobs Boutique in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for KCD Inc.)
©2005 RAMEY PHOTO EXCLUSIVE USA/AUSTRALIA RIGHTS ONLY WINONA RYDER WITH HER ASSISTANT AT THE FARMERS MARKET IN LOS ANGELES. AS USUAL SHE TRYS AND BUYS A LOT AF CLOTHES BUT WHEN SHE WANTS TO PAY WITH HER BLACK CREDIT CARD THE SHOP DOSEN T WANT TO TAKE IT (PICS 9,10,11) SO SHE LOOKS IN HER POCKET TO FIND AN OTHER WAY TO MAKE THE PAYMENT. FINALLY THE ASSISTANT PAYS WITH HER CREDIT CARD (PICS 12,13,14). 081205 AAA/P (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Winona Ryder during 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival - 'A Scanner Darkly' Screening - Arrivals at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson during 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival - 'A Scanner Darkly' Screening - Arrivals at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 07: Actress Winona Ryder speaks onstage during the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Al Pacino held at the Kodak Theatre on June 7, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Winona Ryder (Photo by Ryan Born/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Winona Ryder arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Milk' at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on November 13, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Winona Ryder arrives at the 'Black Swan' premiere during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thompson Hall on September 13, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Winona Ryder speaks at 'Black Swan' press conference during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival at the Hyatt Regency on September 14, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Winona Ryder attends the 'Girl, Interrupted' Hollywood Premiere on December 8, 1999 at Pacific's Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Winona Ryder attends the 36th Annual New York Film Festival Opening Night - 'Celebrity' Screening on September 25, 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Winona Ryder attends the 'Eyes Wide Shut' Premiere Party on July 13, 1999 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Winona Ryder attends 'The Crucible' New York City Premiere on November 25, 1996 at the Gotham Cinema in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Winona Ryder attends the 'Lost Soul' Hollywood Premiere on October 11, 2000 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Winona Ryder attends the world premiere of 'The Dilemma' at AMC River East Theater on January 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 374 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Winona Ryder during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on January 10, 2011 (Photo by Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Actress Winona Ryder (L) and actor Ray Liotta attend 'The Iceman' Premiere during The 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on August 30, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Actress Winona Ryder attends 'The Iceman' Premiere during The 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on August 30, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Winona Ryder attends the premiere of 'Frankenweenie' at the El Capitan Theatre on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Winona Ryder attends the 'Homefront' press conference at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on November 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Winona Ryder poses backstage at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 fashion show at The New York State Armory, 68 Lexington on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Actress Winona Ryder attends the 'Show Me A Hero' New York screening at The New York Times Center on August 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Winona Ryder attends the Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Ziegfeld Theater on September 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Winona Ryder arrives at the premiere of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' at Mack Sennett Studios on July 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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While Ryder eventually returned to acting, she found it challenging to shed the public image formed from movies like Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites and Boys.

"People associated me with the 1990s and I wasn't that anymore," she recalls. "And they didn't really buy me as my age.

"It's that line in First Wives Club – 'There are three ages for women: babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy!' I just never got to play that district attorney."

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Ryder says she doesn't know if a rumored sequel to the hit 1988 flick Beetlejuice will ever materialize, but for now she's busy promoting her Netflix series, Strangers Things. During filming, she insisted on shedding real tears.

"I spent two months basically crying every day, I was delirious!" she tells Porter. "Because I've never been able to do that method thing, you know? I actually have to really cry."

"I was talking to Keanu [Reeves], who I've known since I was 15, and we both felt so old-school. 'Um, sorry, I need a second!' Things move so fast now."

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