Winona Ryder Says Stranger Things Is About The "Pain and Confusion" of Being a Teen

Season four of the hit Netflix series may be full of scares, but according

Winona Ryder—who plays Joyce Byers—the show's characters

still remain the heart of the series.

"It has progressively gotten more frightening," the actress told E! News'

Daily Pop. "But what I love about it is it does keep that sort of personal heart,

love, sort of, connection with the kids and the difficulty of being a teenager."

Noting that adults are quick to write off certain behaviors as kids

being kids, Ryder said that teens endure "just as much pain and confusion.

It's like a war for them."