Winona Ryder on her return to fame in 'Stranger Things': 'It's so overwhelming'

PHOTO: Winona Ryder attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Photo
Winona Ryder attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Winona Ryder's return to fame in the Netflix hit series "Stranger Things" has been called a "Winonaissance," but the actress herself calls it something else.

"It’s so overwhelming," Ryder, 45, told Marie Claire UK in a new interview. "I don’t know what it’s like for really famous people ... I keep hearing that people are dressing up like me [as her character Joyce]. I’m like, 'What?'"

Ryder, who first gained fame in the 1980s in cult classics like "Beetlejuice," "Heathers" and "Edward Scissorhands" before taking a break for several years, admitted that it would be tough to start out now.

"I’m grateful that I got to start at the time I did. As much as I love it, I don’t know if I would even have become an actor [if I was starting out now]," she told the magazine. "I wouldn’t know how to [handle it]. I do worry about the massive exposure at that age."

Many of the young people on the show, including Millie Bobby Brown, tease her for being such a worrywart.

"I'm like the old grandma," she said.

She recalled how she once mistook Snapchat for some kind of snack and asked the kids on set if she could have some: "Snack chat? Give me a piece of that!"

She added, "I’m like the confused older person [on the set]."