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Evan Rachel Wood (born September 7, 1987)
is an American film, television and theater actress, and singer. She
began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles,
including American Gothic and Once and Again. Wood made her debut as a
lead film actress in 2002's Little Secrets, and became well known after
her Golden Globe-nominated role in Thirteen, which gained her critical
praise. She has since starred in several independent films, including
Pretty Persuasion and Down in the Valley, and has several more starring
roles in films yet to be released.
Wood has been described by The Guardian
newspaper as being "wise beyond her years" and as "one of the best
actresses of her generation".
September 7, 1987
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Wood was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to
Ira David Wood III, an award winning actor, singer, theatre director and
playwright, and Sara Lynn Moore, an actress. Her brother, Ira David
IV, is also an actor and her aunt, Carol Winstead Wood, is a Hollywood
production designer; she also has a half brother, Dana, from her
mother's first marriage. Wood is of the Jewish religion.
Wood and her brother were actively involved
in their father's theatre, Theatre In The Park, while growing up; she
appeared in a production of A Christmas Carol at the theatre when she
was a few months old, and later starred as Helen Keller in a production
of The Miracle Worker, under her father's direction.
Wood auditioned for the child role in
Interview with the Vampire, which was eventually given to actress
Kirsten Dunst. She appeared in several made-for-television films from
1994 and onwards, also playing an occasional role in the television
series American Gothic. In early 1997, Wood's parents separated and
later divorced, and Wood moved with her mother to her mother's native
Los Angeles, where Wood was cast in the supporting role of Jessie
Sammler on the television show Once and Again. 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. 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
Wood left regular school at the age of
eleven, and was home schooled, because of bullying and difficulty
with teachers, who Wood says treated her like she was "spoiled" because
she was an actress. She later drew upon her experiences with bullying
to portray a malicious high school student in Pretty Persuasion.
Wood subsequently appeared in a number of
films catering to a teenage audience, including Little Secrets. She was
set to have the leading role in the films Raise Your Voice and Mean
Girls, but was unable to because of production scheduling changes.
Wood's breakthrough movie role followed, with the 2003 film Thirteen,
for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress -
Drama. During the time of Thirteen's release, Vogue 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.
Her next two starring roles were in the
dark independent films, Pretty Persuasion (2005), in which she played a
villainous, sexually-active, high-schooler, and Down in the Valley
(2006), in which her character engages in a sexual relationship with an
older man posing as a cowboy. Wood has commented on her choice of
sexually-themed roles, saying that she is not aiming for the "shock
factor" in her film choices, and adding that she hopes her roles "spread
awareness" about the consequences of deviant behavior among teenagers,
citing that she has known people who behave similarly to her film
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 of 2006, she received Premiere
magazine's "Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent".
Wood has roles in three as-yet unreleased
films, Running with Scissors (a drama co-starring Joseph Cross, Gwyneth
Paltrow and Jill Clayburgh), King of California, and Across the
Universe, a musical directed by Julie Taymor and set in the United
Kingdom, United States and Vietnam; she will perform musical numbers in
the film. Wood will next work on a film called In Bloom, in which she
will play a younger version of a character played by Uma Thurman.
Wood received her diploma at age fifteen.
She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys singing, having recorded
the songs "Christmas Isn't Christmas Without You" and "Silver and Gold"
for the School's Out Christmas Album, which featured various artists.
Wood is now considering taking part-time college courses, but is not yet
pursuing a full-time college education.
Wood says that her character in Across the
Universe, whom she describes as an "old soul, street smart and ahead of
her time", is close to her real-life personality. Wood also describes
herself as being "laid back" and "not a party girl", citing her choice
to stay away from what is considered a typical Hollywood lifestyle.
Wood, who was described by the Guardian as
an "Anglophile", is currently dating her "Wake Me Up When September
Ends" music video co-star, English actor Jamie Bell. She is also a
friend of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Terra voice role; in production
In Bloom filming
The King of California Miranda
2006 Across the Universe Lucy
Running with Scissors Natalie
Down in the Valley Tobe limited release
2005 Pretty Persuasion Kimberly Joyce
The Upside of Anger Lavender 'Popeye'
2003 The Missing Lily Gilekson
Thirteen Tracy Louise Freeland
2002 Little Secrets Emily Lindstrom
S1m0ne Lainey Christian
1999 Down Will Come Baby Robin Garr
1 a b c DailyIndia.com. Wood re-lives high
school bullying for inspiration. Retrieved on June 17, 2006.
2 a b c d e f g h i j k l Guardian
Unlimited. Distress princess. Retrieved on June 24, 2006.
3 Jewish News Weekly. celebrity Jews in the
news - 13 GOING ON 30. Retrieved on June 12, 2006.
4 The Daily Telegraph. Cate Blanchett gets
Hollywood gong. Retrieved on September 21, 2006.
5 CNN.com. Uma Thurman on 'super sex' --
and celebrity. Retrieved on July 25, 2006.
6 Cinematical. Snoot Nabs Identity Theft.
Retrieved on September 16, 2006.
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