Heathers has garnered a passionate following over the years, but few love the film as much as its star, Winona Ryder. Speaking to Interview Magazine, Ryder explained how obsessed she became with the script after reading it for the first time. She even called director Michael Lehmann and told him, “You don’t have to pay me. I just want to say these lines.” Although “Heathers” didn’t do very well at the box office, Ryder claims it opened up a lot of opportunities for her in Hollywood.
While Ryder was immediately drawn to the script, not everyone thought it was the right film. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she explained, “My agent at the time literally got on his knees and begged me not to do it [the movie]. She had her hands together and said, “You never will. Work. Again.'” We all know how that turned out, of course, because “Heathers” remains one of Ryder’s most popular roles. Her agent didn’t last long after that, Ryder admitted.
Ryder remains a huge fan of the film to this day. “If it’s on TV, I watch it. I’ve seen it probably 50 times. I know it by heart, for example,” she told EW. She went on to say that she speaks more like a fan about the film than its star. She clearly made the right choice in taking on the role — paycheck or not — and we can imagine her former agent likely regrets that particular piece of advice.