Who is Evan Rachel Wood? The entertainment and acting world knows Evan Rachel Wood as an American actress and singer. She began her acting career in the
late 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic and Once and Again. She made her debut as a leading film actress in Little Secrets (2002) and became well known after her transition to a more adult-oriented Golden Globe-nominated role in the teen drama film Thirteen (2003).
Wood continued acting mostly in independent films, including Pretty Persuasion (2005), Down in the Valley (2006), Running with Scissors (2006), and in the big studio production Across the Universe (2007). Since 2008, Wood has appeared in more mainstream films, including The Wrestler (2008), Whatever Works (2009) and The Ides of March (2011). She has also returned to television, playing the supporting role of Queen Sophie-Anne on True Blood from 2009 to 2011 and playing Kate Winslet‘s daughter in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, a role for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Wood has been described by The Guardian as “one of the best actresses of her generation.” Her personal life, particularly her relationship with Marilyn Manson, to whom she was engaged until August 2010, has attracted press attention.
Early life and family
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a locally prominent actor, singer, theater director, and playwright who is the Executive Director of a local regional theatre company called Theatre in the Park. Her mother, Sara Lynn Moore (born March 6, 1958), is an actress, director, and acting coach. Wood’s brother, Ira David Wood IV, is also an actor; she has another brother, Dana. Her paternal aunt, Carol Winstead Wood, is a Hollywood production designer.
|Wood’s as Hlen Keller in The Miracle Worker|
Wood and her brothers were actively involved in Theatre in the Park
while growing up, including an appearance by her in the 1987 production
of her father’s internationally renowned musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol when she was just a few months old. Subsequently, she played the Ghost of Christmas Past in several productions at the theater, and she later starred as Helen Keller alongside her mother (who played Annie Sullivan) in a production of The Miracle Worker, under her father’s direction.
Early Works: 1994–2000
Wood began her career appearing in several made-for-television films from 1994 onward, also playing an occasional role in the television series American Gothic.
In 1996, Wood’s parents separated and later divorced, and Wood moved
with her mother to her mother’s native Los Angeles County, California. After a one-season role on the television drama Profiler, Wood was cast in the supporting role of Jessie Sammler on the television show Once and Again.
|Wood’s in Digging to China|
Wood’s first major screen role was in the low-budget 1998 film Digging to China, which also starred Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson. The film won the Children’s Jury Award at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
Wood remembers the role as initially being hard, but notes that it
“eventually led to her decision that acting is something she might never
want to stop doing.” She also had a role in Practical Magic, a family fantasy film directed by Griffin Dunne and starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, that same year.
Wood made her teenage debut as a leading film actress in 2002’s Little Secrets, directed by Blair Treu,
where she played aspiring 14-year-old concert violinist Emily
Lindstrom. For that role, she was nominated for Best Leading Young
Actress at the Young Artist Awards. That same year, Wood played a supporting role in the Andrew Niccol-directed science fiction satirical drama film, S1m0ne, which starred Al Pacino.
Wood’s breakthrough movie role followed with the 2003 film Thirteen.
She played the role of Tracy Louise Freeland, one of two young teens
who sink into a downward spiral of hard drugs, sex, and petty crime. Her
performance was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress – Drama and for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Best Actress. During the time of Thirteen’s release, Vanity Fair named Wood as one of the It Girls of Hollywood, and she appeared, along with the other actresses, on the magazine’s July 2003 cover. A supporting role opposite Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones in Ron Howard‘s The Missing, in which she played the kidnapped daughter, Lilly Gilkeson, in a Searchers-style western, followed the same year. Also in 2003 she played the part of Nora Easton in the episode “Got Murder?” of TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2005, Wood appeared in the Mike Binder-directed The Upside of Anger, opposite Kevin Costner and Joan Allen,
a well-reviewed film in which Wood played Lavender “Popeye” Wolfmeyer,
one of four sisters dealing with their father’s absence. Her character
also narrated the film.
Wood’s next two starring roles were in dark independent films. In the 2005 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival nominee Pretty Persuasion, a black comedy/satirical focusing on themes of sexual harassment and discrimination in schools and attitudes about females in media and society,
Wood played Kimberly Joyce, a villainous, sexually active
high-schooler. One critic commented, “Wood does flip cynicism with such
precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that
she’s impossible to hate.”
|Woods in Down in the Valley|
In Down in the Valley, which was directed by David Jacobson, Wood’s character, Tobe, falls in love with an older man, a cowboy who is at odds with modern society (Edward Norton).
Of her performance, it was written that “Wood conveys every bit of the
adamant certainty and aching vulnerability inherent in late
Wood has commented on her choice of sexually themed roles, saying that
she is not aiming for the “shock factor” in her film choices.
In 2005, Wood starred in the music videos for Bright Eyes‘ “At the Bottom of Everything” and Green Day‘s “Wake Me Up When September Ends“.
In September 2006, Wood received Premiere magazine’s “Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent.” Also in 2006, she was described by The Guardian as being “wise beyond her years” and as “one of the best actresses of her generation.”
|Woods in Running with Scissors|
Later in 2006, Wood appeared with an all-star ensemble cast as Natalie Finch in the Golden Globe-nominated 2006 comedy-drama film Running with Scissors. Directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Annette Bening, the film was based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs, which is a semi-autobiographical account of Burroughs’ childhood in a dysfunctional family. Wood was awarded the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation for her performance.
Wood had roles in two films released in September 2007. King of California, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, a story of a bipolar jazz musician (Michael Douglas)
and his long-suffering teenage daughter, Miranda (Wood), who are
reunited after his two-year stay in a mental institution and who embark
on a quixotic search for Spanish treasure. One review praised Wood’s performance as “excellent”.
|Woods in Across the Universe|
Across the Universe, a Julie Taymor-directed musical that was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award and was set in Liverpool, New York City, and Vietnam,
focused on the tribulations of several characters during the
counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s. It was set to the songs of The Beatles.
Wood, who has described the music of The Beatles as a major part of her
life, played Lucy, who develops a relationship with Jude (Jim Sturgess).
The film featured her singing musical numbers and she describes the
role as her favorite, calling director Julie Taymor “one of the most
amazing directors out there.” One critic wrote that “Wood brings much-needed emotional depth.”
Wood provided the voice of an alien named Mala, a mechanically inclined free-thinker, in Battle for Terra, a 2008 computer-animated science fiction film
about a peaceful alien planet that faces destruction from colonization
by the displaced remainder of the human race. The film won the 2008
Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The film
showed at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where she
received an award at the Midnight Awards along with Elijah Wood.
|Wood’s in The Life Before Her Eyes|
Wood starred in 2008’s Vadim Perelman-directed The Life Before Her Eyes, based on the Laura Kasischke novel of the same name, about the friendship of two teens of opposite character who are involved in a Columbine-like shooting incident at their school and are forced to make an impossible choice. Wood played the younger version of Uma Thurman‘s character, Diana. One critic cited her performance as “hands-down extraordinary”. Wood stated that she intended the film to be the last one in which she played a teenager.
In the same year, she also co-starred in director Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler, winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, about Randy “Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke),
a professional wrestler from the 1980s who is forced to retire after a
heart attack threatens to kill him the next time he wrestles. Wood
played Stephanie, Randy “Ram” Robinson’s estranged daughter. Of her
performance, one critic wrote, “Once her character stops stonewalling
her father and hears him out, Wood provides a fine foil for Rourke in
their turbulent scenes together.”
Wood has a role in Woody Allen‘s Whatever Works, which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. She plays the young wife of Larry David‘s character. In May 2009, she played Juliet in six fundraising performances of William Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet at the Theater In The Park. The production was directed by her brother, who also starred.
|Wood’s in True Blood|
Wood had a recurring role in the second and third seasons of the HBO supernatural drama series, True Blood, from 2009 to 2011 as Sophie-Anne Leclerq. She appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010. Wood had a role in the film The Conspirator, which premiered at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D. C. in April, 2011, directed by Robert Redford (about the conspiracy surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln). She also had a role in The Ides of March.
Wood has been attached to play writer Anne Brontë in the film Brontë, the title character in Flora Plum and will be involved in the film Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll. Variety reported in May 2010 that Wood and Marilyn Manson were attached to star in a slasher film entitled Splatter Sisters.
Wood has described her religion as Jewish (her mother is a convert to Judaism and her father is Christian). She briefly attended Cary Elementary, a public school in Cary, North Carolina. She was home-schooled and received her high school diploma at age 15. Wood has a black belt in taekwondo.
|Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell|
Wood began dating British actor Jamie Bell in 2005 after they co-starred in the music video for Green Day‘s song “Wake Me Up When September Ends“. They got tattoos of each others’ first initial; in Wood’s case, a “J” on her left ankle. After a year together, the relationship ended in 2006.
Wood later commented that, “We had matching tattoos because we knew our
love would last for ever. Trouble is, it didn’t, things happened, we
split. But I don’t regret the tattoo. It reminds me of a great, great
period in my life.”
|Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson|
In January 2007, Wood’s relationship with Marilyn Manson became public. The two met at a party at the Chateau Marmont Hotel; Wood has stated that she was attracted to Manson’s frequent use of black eye liner and once described their relationship as “healthy and loving.” Two portraits of Wood, painted by Manson, have been exhibited at the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art. Wood is also the inspiration behind Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses“,
and she appeared with Manson in the song’s music video. Manson has said
that Wood’s appearance was the highest-paid music video role ever.
The couple split in November 2008; according to Wood, they “both
decided to take some time apart so [they] could concentrate on work.” They later re-united and it was reported in early January 2010 that the couple was engaged to be married. On August 17, 2010, People magazine reported that the couple had ended their engagement earlier that month.
In summer 2011, Wood was reported to have rekindled her relationship with Jamie Bell, five years after they first parted ways.
Wood wears a diamond ring on her ring finger that often gets mistaken
for an engagement ring, but she has stated on her Twitter: “Sorry to
disappoint, but I have been wearing that diamond on my left hand since I
was 14. It was my aunt’s. Any engagement rumor is false.”
In April 2011, Wood came out as bisexual in an interview with Esquire.
|1998||Profiler||Chloe Waters||6 Episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actress
|1999–2002||Once and Again||Jessie Sammler||55 Episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy)
Nominated — YoungStar Award for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Drama TV Series
|2002||The West Wing||Hogan Cregg||1 episode The Black Vera Wang|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nora Easton||Got Murder? – Season 3, Episode 12|
|2009–2011||True Blood||Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq||6 episodes|
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Veda Pierce||HBO Miniseries
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1999||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actress||Practical Magic|
|Nominated||YoungStar Awards||Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Mini: Series/Made for TV Film||Down Will Come Baby|
|2000||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Supporting Young Actress||Profiler|
|Nominated||YoungStar Awards||Best Young Actress/Performance in a Drama TV Series||Once and Again|
|2001||Won||Young Artist Awards||Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy)|
|2002||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress||Little Secrets|
|2003||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress||The Missing|
|Won||Bratislava International Film Festival||Special Mention Award||Thirteen|
|Nominated||Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress|
|2004||Won||Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Youth in Film|
|Nominated||Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role|
|Nominated||Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role: Female|
|Won||Breakthrough Performance: On Screen|
|Won||Prism Awards||Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film|
|Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress|
|Nominated||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama|
|Nominated||MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Female Performance|
|Nominated||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Young Actor/Actress|
|Nominated||Golden Globes||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama|
|Nominated||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role|
|2008||Nominated||Utah Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Performance by an Actress||The Wrestler|
|2011||Nominated||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie||Mildred Pierce|
|Nominated||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television|
|2012||Nominated||Golden Globes||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television|
|Nominated||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Acting Ensemble||The Ides of March|
|Nominated||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble|
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