Evan Rachel Wood

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Film Actress, Singer, Television Actress(1987–)
Evan Rachel Wood is an American actress and singer whose breakout role in the film 'Thirteen' led to other notable projects such as 'The Wrestler,' 'Mildred Pierce,' and 'Westworld.'


Evan Rachel Wood was born in 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2003 Wood starred in the teen drama Thirteen, which proved to be her breakout role and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. After working on a spate of independent films, most distinguishably Running With Scissors (2006) and Across the Universe (2007), Wood took to more mainstream fare with films like The Wrestler (2008) and cable dramas like True Blood and Mildred Pierce. Her most recent projects include performing with her electro-pop band Rebel and a Basketcase, as well as starring in HBO's Westworld. She is also known for her past relationship with Marilyn Manson

Early Life & Career

Evan Rachel Wood was born on September 7, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina to actor parents. She has three brothers and one sister. After performing in her family's theatre productions as a young girl, her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Los Angeles. It was there during the mid '90s that she began appearing in television shows like American Gothic and Once and Again. Her first major screen role was opposite Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson in Digging to China (1998), and she also appeared in the witch fantasy film Practical Magic, playing one of Sandra Bullock's daughters.

As a teen, Wood starred in Little Secrets (2002) and a year later, the racy teen drama Thirteen. Other films she starred in were The Missing (2003), The Upside of Anger (2005), and the indie film Pretty Persuasion (2005).

Recent Projects

Wood's star would continue to rise in the coming years. In 2006 she was part of an ensemble cast in Running With Scissors as well as in Across the Universe (2007), in which she sang a rendition of the Beatles' "If I Fell." In 2008 she starred in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, playing Mickey Rourke's estranged daughter, and co-starred in Woody Allen's Whatever Works (2009). But Wood also took to the small screen around this time, playing the recurring role of queen vampire of Louisiana in HBO's True Blood for two seasons. In 2011 she continued working with the premium cable network playing Kate Winslet's daughter in the mini series Mildred Pierce, for which she garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini Series. In 2016 Wood would partner up with HBO a third time in the fantasy sci-fi thriller Westworld. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Dolores Abernathy, one of the androids populating a Western theme park. 

Outside of acting, Wood lends her voice to various music compilations and is one-half of the electro-pop music duo Rebel and a Basketcase, her other half being multi-instrumentalist Zach Villa.

Personal Life

Wood was in a year-long relationship with actor Jamie Bell, whom she met on the set of Green Day's music video "Wake Me Up When September Ends." The two rekindled their relationship in 2011 and got married a year later and had a son. In 2014 the couple divorced. 

In the years between her relationship with Bell, Wood famously dated and was briefly engaged to Marilyn Manson.

She is openly bisexual and is an advocate for bi-awareness and inclusion. 

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Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the premiere of A24's 'Into The Forest' at ArcLight Hollywood on June 22, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

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