“He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it”

Winona Ryder, featured in the latest issue of GQ, talks about her long past in Hollywood — and her horrifying run-in with Mel Gibson. She claims that she knew of the star’s alleged intolerance far before anyone else.

“I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk,” she recalls to the magazine. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it.

“I’d never heard that before,” Ryder continues. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”