Dec. 13, 2010— -- Winona Ryder's small but juicy role as an aging former ingénue displaced by Natalie Portman's budding ingénue in "Black Swan," could be a mirror for Ryder's real life.
After growing up on film sets, starring in some of the iconic roles of the 80s and 90s and seeing her career derailed by a shoplifting scandal, Ryder is no longer the new kid on the block.
"I did relate to Beth on a certain level," she said in the current issue of Elle about her character in "Swan." "Just that thing of, you know, when I'm told I'm not the ingénue anymore. And now I'm 39. I remember when I was younger, I couldn't wait to be older, because I was always the kid on the set, I was always younger than everyone else. And now I'm older than a lot of the people I work with. I've been doing this for 25 years, which is so strange."
"I was watching TV, and there was this oldies-but-goodies film fest, and 'Lucas' came on. I was like, 'Oh my God, I'm an oldie!'" Ryder recounted.
"She can act. She can do drama like 'Black Swan' and comedy like 'The Dilemma," Lindsay Powers, deputy editor for The Hollywood Reporter.com told ABCNews.com.