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Winona Ryder Wonders If Having Kids Would Hurt Her Career

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Celebrities walk the red carpet for the 'Star Trek' Los Angeles premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. (Photo Agency)more pics »Winona Ryder doesn't have plans to start a family anytime soon, and a big part of that seems to be her worry that having kids will hurt her career. She wonders if she'd be able to bounce back into acting if she took time out for babies.

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She said: "If I wanted to have a family now, would I be able to come back to work in a couple of years?"

The 39-year-old actress’ reluctance to get pregnant may be due to Hollywood's attitude towards aging actresses, and her latest role in Black Swan, in which she portrays prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre who is being replaced by younger dancer Nina, played by Natalie Portman, in a production of Swan Lake, has done nothing to ease her fears.

Winona said: "I thought it was a cool parallel. Being replaced by the young thing. I know that definitely happens in Hollywood. It's harder to find good roles, and suddenly there are new girls. I'm at that age I've been warned my whole life about."

Winona looks to 61-year-old Oscar winner Meryl Streep for inspiration when it comes to balancing her work and personal commitments as she approaches 40. She told GQ magazine: "It's hard to imagine a time where Meryl Streep wasn't the first choice for everything, but I was reading some article, and she said something like, 'Yeah, when I was around 38, 39, I turned to my husband and said, ‘Should we just call it a day, or should we try to kick the can down the road?' It was so weird to me to think about movies without her in them. But a lot of great actresses have chosen that."

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