Winona Ryder fact checks the Stranger Things scripts to make sure they’re Eighties accurate

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Winona Ryder has used her personal expertise to keep Stranger Things scripts accurate when it comes to portraying the 1980s.

The actor, 50, portrays Joyce Byers in the hit Netflix series about a group of friends who investigate the supernatural forces plaguing their town.

In a new Harper’s Bazaar interview, Ryder’s costar David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper on the show, explained that Ryder had fact-checked the scripts for series creators, the Duffer Brothers.

“She’d tell them, ‘This song actually came out in 1985, and you have it in 1983,’” Harbour said. Twins Matt and Ross Duffer are 12 years Ryder’s junior, born in 1984.

“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.”

He added: “It’s just kind of epic how wild her mind is and how it goes to all these different corners.”

Ryder made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. After which, her acting career surged in the late 1980s with Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, the dramedy Heathers, and the biopic of singer Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire.

David Harbour (Getty Images)
David Harbour (Getty Images)

In a separate interview with The Independent, Harbour spoke about the toll that fame and money could have on child actors.

“They are involved in something that is a minefield,” the actor said of the show’s child stars. “The popularity and the money that they’re dealing with at 12 and 13 years old is… it just makes you an adult.

“They don’t really get to have the childhood that I wish they could,” he added.

You can read The Independent’s full exclusive interview with David Harbour here, and the full review of Stranger Things, series four, part two here.

Stranger Things is available to stream on Netflix.