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Winona Ryder seen talking to Jenna Ortega in a still from Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
Winona Ryder seen talking to Jenna Ortega in a still from Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
Winona Ryder seen talking to Jenna Ortega in a still from Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

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Inside Lydia Deetz’s New Life: Winona Ryder Shares “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” Sequel Details

Winona Ryder is set to reprise her iconic role as Lydia Deetz in the upcoming film “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice.” Fans remember Lydia as the goth teenager whose curiosity about the supernatural led her into the afterlife and almost made her the bride of Beetlejuice, played by Michael Keaton. In this sequel, Lydia is now a mother to a teenage daughter named Astrid, portrayed by Jenna Ortega. But there are more exciting developments in Lydia’s story.

In a recent feature by Empire Magazine, Ryder provided more insights into Lydia’s character in the sequel. She explained, “I went through so many stages of, ‘Who is she now?’ but I always wanted to have it be Lydia. She can’t lose who she was.” This reflects the struggle many fans likely anticipated, as we all wondered how Lydia’s dark and quirky personality would translate into adulthood. Ryder emphasized the challenge of balancing Lydia’s evolution while maintaining her core essence: “She can’t be the same person, she can’t be just completely deadpan, she has to have evolved, but she also has to have kept that thing she had when we first met her. So that was the big challenge for me.”

One notable change in Lydia’s life, aside from motherhood, is her new role as the host of an Elvira-style TV series called “Ghost House With Lydia Deetz.” The “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” trailer offers a glimpse of Lydia hosting the show, reflecting the rise of paranormal reality series like “Ghost Hunters” since the original film’s release. Lydia, with her firsthand experience with the supernatural, is a natural fit for this role. However, Ryder hinted that Lydia’s reception on the Internet might be mixed. It’s an interesting twist, considering how the internet loves to scrutinize every detail of characters and their evolution.

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Reflecting on the personal challenges of returning to a character after many years, Ryder admitted, “You know, you grow up, and things change. Life happens.” This sentiment surely resonates with many of us who have revisited old passions or roles after significant life changes. Despite these challenges, the process of making the sequel was a profound experience for Ryder. She echoed the enthusiasm of her co-star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton.

“I struggle to find the words. It’s just one of the most special experiences that I’ve ever had. The fact that we’re coming back to it, it’s… It’s beyond,” Ryder said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever felt this way. This is a first for me. I’ve never revisited a character, ever.” This level of excitement from Ryder certainly builds anticipation for the film, suggesting that the sequel will capture the magic of the original while offering something new and heartfelt.

“Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” is scheduled to hit theaters on September 6th. Keep checking Trevor Decker News for the latest updates and more insights into this exciting sequel.

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