Stranger Things’, a show set in the 1980s, needed an 80s icon to lead the way. That was the moment when Winona Ryder came to the rescue, helping creators Matt and Ross Duffer maintain a retro aura on set. 

Her co-star, David Harbour, recently told Harper’s Bazaar that the Duffer brothers had to constantly edit scripts after heavy fact-checking by Ryder.

“She’d tell them, ‘This song actually came out in ’85, and you have it in ’83. She knew all of these minute, tiny details they didn’t even know, and they had to change things in the script based on that…It’s just kind of epic how wild her mind is and how it goes to all these different corners,” Harbour said.

Ryder, who made her Hollywood debut in 1986 with ‘Lucas’, shot to fame for starring in blockbusters like ‘Great Balls of Fire’, ‘Heathers’, and ‘Beetlejuice’.

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With ‘Stranger Things’, the 50-year-old has served as a mentor to the teenagers on set. 

“I want the kids to understand, this does not happen,” she said. 

“This is really unusual. And I’m always telling them, ‘The work is the reward!’ Because when I was that age, it was so hard to enjoy the fruits of my labor,” Ryder added. 

“This business is brutal. You’re working constantly, but if you want to take a break, they tell you, ‘If you slow down, it’s going to stop.’ And then it did slow down. So then you’re hearing, ‘It’s going to be impossible to come back.’ And then that changes to, ‘You’re not even part of the conversation.’ Like, it was brutal,” she continued.

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According to Ross Duffer, Ryder has played a huge role in mentoring the show’s popular star, Review & Publish

Winona Ryder not only brings mentorship, but also brilliant acting to the show. She is set to appear as Joyce Byers in the second part of ‘Stranger Things 4’ on July 1.