The 28-year-old actress received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, making her the 2,165th recipient of the honor (and 62 years younger than last week’s recipient, Gloria Stuart).
Surrounded by a crowd of camera-happy fans and an equally obsessive press, Ryder was moved and emotional as she was showered with praise by “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” co-star Anthony Hopkins; Johnny Grant, chairman of the Walk of Fame committee; and Tom Rothman, chairman of Fox Films.
“This is by far the most surreal thing that’s happened to me in my life,” Ryder, sporting longer, lighter hair and a cleavage-baring beige dress, said in her acceptance speech. “This is really difficult because this is so huge for me. It’s the only time I’ll ever be able to say I’m thrilled to get walked all over.”
After the ceremony, Ryder was still overwhelmed.
“I didn’t think I would get emotional. … I think it’s the fan in me. I love movies so much, so to be included in this way by this industry is monumental to me,” she said.
Since her film debut in 1986’s “Lucas,” Ryder‘s 15-year career has included Academy Award-nominated roles in “The Age of Innocence” and “Little Women,” quirky films such as “Heathers” and “Edward Scissorhands,” and an executive-producing credit for last winter’s “Girl, Interrupted.”
Her star resides directly in front of the Johnny Grant building next to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard, where Grant says he can “watch over her every day.”