Winona Ryder credits her Frankenweenie director, Tim Burton for her successful career. Of course she does; he's given her two fantastic roles (Edward Scissor Hands and Beetlejuice) and another which we'll get to chat to her about in the next few weeks, Frankenweenie. For this, Ryder plays the central character's neighbour, Elsa Van Helsing. The stop-motion flick sees the feral haired director reunite with Miss Ryder for the first time since Johnny Depp's breakout role in Edward Scissorhands which was filmed in 1990.

Chatting to Flicks and bits, Ryder said fondly of her director: "I've known Tim Burton for 25 years, and I credit him with my career. I really mean that." On meeting Burton for the first time, Ryder said: "This guy came in and started talking about movies and music, and 25 minutes later I was like, 'When is this Tim Burton guy coming?' And he was like, 'That's me!' And I was like, 'Oh!' I had no idea that a director could actually be so cool and I could easily hang out with them, you know?"

On working with Tim on his latest and most personal project to date, Winona said: "Tim has always been a very special person to me, I love being around him, it never feels like work - I know it's work for a lot of people, and growing up in the movies, you realise how much work it is. But when you’re a kid you kind of don’t see all of those levels (laughs). He's so special and I think our relationship, in a very strange way, it's the same, which is wonderful, but then it's also different - he's made so many movies, he’s so prolific. But yet, it's still the same, that love is still there, it's the same Tim Burton from that wonderful day."