Evan Rachel Wood was born on September 7, 1987. Wood is an American actress, model, and musician. Wood began her acting career in the 1990s. Notably, Wood had a starring role as Dolores Abernathy in the HBO series ‘Westworld’ which gave her limelight.
Evan Rachel Wood has appeared in several television series, including ‘American Gothic’ (1995–96) and Once and Again (1999–2002). Wood made her debut at the age of eleven as a leading film actress in the movie ‘Digging to China’ (1998).
Wood continued her acting mostly working in independent films, that includes ‘Pretty Persuasion’ (2005), ‘Down in the Valley’ (2005), ‘Running with Scissors’ (2006), and in the big studio production ‘Across the Universe’ (2007).
Wood has appeared in more mainstream films since 2008 that includes ‘The Wrestler’ (2008), ‘Whatever Works’ (2009) and ‘The Ides of March’ (2011).
Evan Rachel wood had also returned to television. She had played the supporting role of Queen Sophie-Anne on ‘True Blood’ from 2009 to 2011. Wood had also played Kate Winslet’s character’s daughter in the HBO miniseries ‘Mildred Pierce’ (2011). For her that works, she was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2016, Wood played the sentient android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO series ‘Westworld.’ Wood won a ‘Critics’ Choice Award’ and earned a ‘Golden Globe Award’ and ‘Emmy Award nominations’ for her work.
Early life and family
Evan Rachel Wood was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wood’s mother is Sara Lynn Moore who is an actress, director, and acting coach, and has converted to Judaism.
Wood’s father name is Ira David Wood III. He is a locally prominent actor, singer, theater director, playwright, and from a Christian family. He is also the Executive Director of a local, regional theatre company called ‘Theatre in the Park.’
Wood’s brother name is Ira David Wood IV who is also an actor. Wood has two other brothers whose names are Dana and Thomas.
Wood has a sister, and her name is Aden. Wood’s paternal aunt whose name is Carol Winstead Wood was a Hollywood, production designer.
Wood and her brothers had actively worked in ‘Theatre in the Park’ while growing up, including an appearance by her in the 1987 production which was her father’s musical comedy adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (A novella by Charles Dickens) when she was just a few months old.
Subsequently, Wood had also played the ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’ in several productions at the theater. Later, Wood was cast as Helen Keller alongside her mother (who played Anne Sullivan) in a production of ‘The Miracle Worker,’ under her father’s direction.
In 1996, Wood’s parents separated. Later they divorced, and Wood moved with her mother to her mother’s native place Los Angeles County, California.
Evan Rachel Wood attended Cary Elementary, a public school in North Carolina. Wood was later home-schooled and received her high school diploma at age 15.
When Wood was 12 years old, she was awarded a black belt in taekwondo.
Evan Rachel Wood’s Early works: 1994–2000
Wood has begun her career appearing in several made-for-television films. She worked from 1994 onward.
Wood had played an occasional role in the television series American Gothic. Wood was cast in the supporting role of Jessie Sammler on the television show ‘Once and Again,’ after she played a one-season role on the television drama ‘Profiler.’
Evan Rachel Wood had her first chief screen role in the low-budget 1998 film ‘Digging to China.’ The movie also starred Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson. The film received the ‘Children’s Jury Award’ at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
Wood remembers the role as initially being hard, but at the same time, she states that it eventually led to her decision that acting is something she might never want to stop doing.
Wood also had worked in ‘Practical Magic,’ a fantasy film which was directed by Griffin Dunne, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
In 2002, Wood made her teenage first appearance as a leading film actress in the film ‘Little Secrets.’ The film was directed by Blair Treu. Wood played aspiring 14-year-old concert violinist Emily Lindstrom.
Wood was nominated for Best Leading Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards for that role. The same year, Wood played a supporting role in the science fiction satirical drama film, ‘Simone,’ which starred Al Pacino. The film was directed by Andrew Niccol.
In 2003, Evan Rachel Wood had a breakthrough movie role in the film ‘Thirteen.’ Wood had played the role of Tracy Louise Freeland. Wood is one of two young teens who sink into a downward spiral of hard drugs, sex, and petty crime.
Evan Rachel Wood’s performance received the nomination for a ‘Golden Globe Award’ as Best Actress – Drama and a ‘Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award’ for Best Actress.
Vanity Fair named Wood as one of the It Girls of Hollywood where she appeared along with the other actresses, on the magazine’s July 2003 cover, during the time of Thirteen’s release.
The same year she played a supporting role opposite Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones in Ron Howard’s ‘The Missing.’ Wood played as the kidnapped daughter, Lilly Gilkeson. She played a role in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode ‘Got Murder?’
Wood appeared in the film ‘The Upside of Anger,’ in 2005 opposite Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. The film was directed by Mike Binder. It was a well-reviewed film in which Wood played Lavender “Popeye” Wolfmeyer. She was one of four sisters dealing with their father’s absence. The wood character also narrated the film.
In 2005, Wood played Kimberly Joyce, a manipulative, sexually active high-schooler for Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival nominee. It was a black comedy/satirical focusing on themes of sexual harassment and discrimination in schools. The show was about the attitude toward females in media and society.
One of the critics commented, “Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she’s impossible to hate.”
In the film ‘Down in the Valley,’ Wood’s character, Tobe, falls in love with an older man, a cowboy who is at odds with modern society (Edward Norton). The film was directed by David Jacobson.
On her performance, it was stated that “Wood conveys every bit of the adamant certainty and aching vulnerability inherent in late adolescence.” Wood has also commented on her choice of sexually themed roles by saying that she is not aiming for the “shock factor” in her film choices.
In 2005, Wood appeared in the music videos for Bright Eyes “At the Bottom of Everything” and Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”
2006 To Present
Evan Rachel Wood received Premiere magazine’s ‘Spotlight Award’ in September 2006 for Emerging Talent. The same year, she was described by The Guardian (a British daily newspaper) as being “wise beyond her years” and as “one of the best actresses of her generation.”
Evan Rachel Wood appeared with an all-star ensemble cast as Natalie Finch in the Golden Globe-nominated 2006 comedy-drama ‘Running with Scissors,’ later in 2006, starring Annette Bening. The film was directed by Ryan Murphy.
The film was about the memoir by Augusten Burroughs. The film is about a semi-autobiographical account of Burroughs’ childhood in a dysfunctional family. Wood was also awarded by the 2007 ‘Cannes Film Festival Chopard Trophy’ for Female Revelation for her performance.
‘King of California,’ was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It is about a bipolar jazz musician (Michael Douglas) and his long-suffering teenage daughter, Miranda (Wood). They are reunited after his two-year stay in a mental institution, embark on a quixotic search for Spanish treasure. One of the reviews praised Wood’s performance as “excellent.”
Wood had worked in two films that released in September 2007. The movie
Across the Universe, a musical that was directed by Julie Taymor was nominated for a ‘Golden Globe’ and an ‘Academy Award’ and was set in Liverpool, New York City, and Vietnam. It basically focused on the tribulations of several characters during the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s. It was overall set to the songs of The Beatles.
Evan Rachel Wood has always stated that the music of ‘The Beatles’ as a major part of her life, played Lucy, who develops a relationship with Jude (Jim Sturgess).
The film has featured her musical singing numbers. She describes the role as her favorite and calls the director Julie Taymor “one of the most amazing directors out there.”
One of the critics mentioned that “Wood brings much-needed emotional depth.” Wood provided the voice of an alien named Mala who was a mechanically inclined free-thinker, in the film ‘Battle for Terra’ which was a 2008 computer-animated science fiction film about a peaceful alien planet which faces destruction from colonization by the displaced remainder of the human race.
Later in 2008, the film won Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The film was exhibited at the San Francisco International Film Festival where Wood received an award at the Midnight Awards along with Elijah Wood.
Evan Rachel Wood was cast in 2008’s film ‘The Life Before Her Eyes.’ The film was directed by Vadim Perelman. The film was based on the Laura Kasischke novel of the same name. It was about the friendship of two teens of opposite character that are involved in a Columbine-like shooting incident at their school. At the same time, they are forced to choose an impossible option. Wood portrayed the young version of Uma Thurman’s character named Diana. She was positively criticized for her performance as “hands-down extraordinary.” For this, Wood explained that she intended the film to be the last one in which she played a teenager.
She also co-starred in director Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Wrestler.’ It won the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. The film is about Randy “Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) who is a professional wrestler from the 1980s. He is such a character who is forced to retire after a heart attack threatens to kill him the next time he wrestles.
Wood was also cast as Stephanie, Randy “Ram” Robinson’s estranged daughter. Of her performance, she was criticized with the statement that, “Once her character stops stonewalling her father and hears him out, Wood provides a fine foil for Rourke in their turbulent scenes together.”
In 2009, Wood co-starred in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. She played the young wife of Larry David’s character. Wood later shows regret for taking the role, and would not work with Allen again.
Wood played Juliet in six fundraising performances of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Theater ‘In The Park’ in May 2009. It was the production directed by her brother, who also starred.
Wood had a recurring role in the second and third seasons of the HBO supernatural drama series, ‘True Blood.’ It lasted from 2009 to 2011. Wood acted as Sophie-Anne Leclerq.
Wood appeared in the film ‘The Conspirator.’ The film premiered at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D. C. in April 2011. The film was directed by Robert Redford who was about the conspiracy surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. She also appeared in ‘The Ides of March.’ Wood played as a daughter of the title character in the 2011 HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. For that work, she received a nomination for the ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In 2013, Wood portrayed the role of Gabi which was a psychological romantic thriller film ‘Charlie Countryman’ along with Shia LaBeouf and Rupert Grint.
Wood had provided voice work as Marianne in the 2015 film ‘Strange Magic.’ Wood was featured with Chris Evans in a 2016 ad for Gucci Guilty Eau fragrances. Wood had a starring role as Dolores Abernathy in the HBO series Westworld which gave her limelight.
Evan Rachel Wood had described herself as Jewish in 2003. In 2012, she said, “I believe in God, but I am not religious. I am spiritual. My definition of God isn’t in any religion. It’s very personal.” Wood’s mother converted her religion to Judaism, and Wood’s father is Christian.
In 2005, Evan Rachel Wood started dating British actor Jamie Bell for a year after they co-starred in the music video for Green Day’s song “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Both of they got similar tattoos of each other’s initials. After their breakup, Wood says she doesn’t regret the tattoo as “it reminds me of a great, great period in my life.”
Wood’s relationship with Marilyn Manson became public in January 2007. She was the inspiration behind the creation of Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” and played in the song’s music video. The couple was engaged to be married in January 2010, but they ended their engagement seven months later.
Wood disclosed that she was bisexual via Twitter in 2011, and explained her sexuality in an interview with Esquire, saying, “I’m up for anything. Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl…”
Wood revived her relationship with Bell the same year, five years after they first broke up. They married in a small ceremony on October 30, 2012. They have one son whose name is Jack Matfin Bell, born on July 29, 2013. Wood had a home birth to her son Jack. Woods publicly thanked Ricki Lake who was a creator of the documentary ‘The Business of Being Born,’ for inspiring her decision. Wood and Bell announced in May 2014 about their separation after 19 months of marriage.
After her separation from Bell, Wood dated The L Word actress Katherine Moennig.
Wood engaged to her Rebel and a Basket case bandmate, Zach Villa in January 2017. Again, in September 2017, they called off their engagement.
Wood disclosed that she was bisexual via Twitter, and explained about her sexuality in an interview with Esquire, saying, “I’m up for anything. Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl…”
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Evan Rachel Wood, an American actress, fashion model, and singer has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Listed for ‘FORBES’
Evan Rachel Wood made a name for herself as the star of “Thirteen,” which she filmed when she was 14. She had graduated to a big role on the small screen which was of Dolores Abernathy in HBO’s “Westworld.” It is the sci-fi series which was an instant hit, becoming HBO’s most-watched debut season ever.
Evan Rachel Wood and Bell rejuvenate their relationship after five years of their first break up. On October 30, 2012, they married in a small ceremony. They have one son whose name is Jack Matfin Bell. He was born on July 29, 2013. Wood and Bell announced their separation in May 2014, after 19 months of marriage.
Evan Rachel Wood describes her Rape Issue.
Evan Rachel Wood describes why she cannot name ‘powerful, entitled, rich, narcissistic white men’ who raped her, including an ex-boyfriend.
Wood explained in a video that she has privately revealed her rapists, but is not able to do so publicly yet.
Wood said, “It took me seven years after I was raped to even admit that I was raped, that I should be upset and get help for the trauma I endured.”
Wood described her rapists as ‘very powerful, very rich, very entitled, very narcissistic white men.’ She said that one was an ex and one a bar owner.
Wood said “The fact that women are not able to name their abusers is not their fault,’ Wood added, “If the victim is not ready you cannot fight that battle for them.”
Lastly, she closed by saying, “I’m here to tell you I’m afraid, and I don’t think that’s my fault.”