Winona Ryder Says She Wasn’t First Choice for ‘Heathers’: Find Out Who Was!

What could have been! Winona Ryder wasn’t the first choice to play Veronica Sawyer in the 1988 flick Heathers — because of her looks. The actress recently opened up about the audition process with Tavi Gevinson for Interview magazine.

“I auditioned and they were like, ‘Oh, thanks.’ And I went to the Beverly Center to Macy’s and had them do a makeover on me,” Ryder, 44, explained. “I went back because I kind of knew that they thought I wasn’t pretty enough. They were trying to get Jennifer Connelly.”

Christian Slater and Winona Ryder in 1988's Heathers.
Christian Slater and Winona Ryder in 1988’s ‘Heathers.’ New World/courtesy Everett Collection

Ryder didn’t pout in a corner, though. Instead, she begged the producers for the role. “I remember actually saying to them, ‘I don’t care if it even comes out. I just want to say the words. You don’t have to pay me.’ That was the only time that I wanted something so bad,” she recalled.

She added of the movie: “I was completely obsessed with it.”

Jennifer Connelly visits AOL BUILD to discuss her latest film
Jennifer Connelly visits AOL BUILD to discuss her latest film, ‘Shelter,’ at AOL Studios in New York on Nov. 11, 2015, in New York City. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Heathers is about a good girl (Veronica) who gets fed up with a popular clique (centered around three girls all named Heather) in high school. In retaliation, she and her boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) plot to kill them, staging each death as a suicide.

Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker and Winona Ryder on the set of the film 'Heathers' in 1988.
Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker and Winona Ryder on the set of the film ‘Heathers’ in 1988. New World Pictures/Getty Images

The Michael Lehmann–directed dark comedy also starred Kim Walker, Shannen Doherty and Lisanne Falk (Heather number one, two and three, respectively), and inspired the Off-Broadway show Heathers: The Musical, which debuted in 2010 and ended in 2014.

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