Minnesota: Winona Ryder
Minnesota has one of the best links to Stranger Things in that Winona Ryder is from there! She is from Olmsted County and was actually named after a town in Minnesota called Winona. She didn’t move to California until she was 10 and that’s when she started acting school and began her career.
In Stranger Things, we, of course, know Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, mother to Jonathan and Will, possible love interest to Jim Hopper, and mother-figure to Eleven and really all the kids.
As many memorable moments as she has had on the show, nothing really has topped the scene where she is surrounded by Christmas lights and trying to talk to her son through them. It’s that moment that no matter what happens on the show, we’ll always remember it.
With the new season coming (hopefully soon), it will be interesting to see where the writers take her character. She’ll probably be mourning Hopper (along with Eleven) and she has another kid to take care of.
It will also be interesting to see where she took the kids. Where did she take them? Where is safe outside of Hawkins? And how will she react when Hopper shows up alive? I, for one, cannot wait for that moment!