Winona Ryder credits Tim Burton for her career

winona-ryder-frankenweenie is teaming up with for the new animated film, , after first working with the director on Beetlejuice in 1988.

“I’ve known Tim Burton for 25 years, and I credit him with my career—I really mean that,” she said in an interview with Flicks and Bits.  “I don’t know if…acting was sort of an accident for me.  I wasn’t going on auditions and trying to be an actor.  I was actually sort of discovered in San Francisco and I’d done only two movies, small parts, and I remember my parents were very picky—because we had to drive from Northern California for Beetlejuice, it was like 9 hours to get there, and I remember very well when I first met Tim.”

“I was sitting, waiting to meet him and this guy came in and started talking, talking about movies and music and 25 minutes later I was like, ‘When is this Tim Burton guy coming?’  And he was like, ‘That’s me!’  And I was like, ‘OH….’  I had no idea that a director could actually be so cool and I could easily hang out with them, you know?”

Frankenweenie is in theaters.

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