Evan Rachel Wood is an American actress, model and musician. She began acting in the 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic, and Once and Again. Wood made her debut as a leading film actress at the age of 11 in Digging to China and garnered acclaim for her Golden Globe nomination role as the troubled teenager Tracy Freeland in the teen drama film Thirteen. Take a look below for 30 more awesome and fascinating facts about Evan Rachel Wood.
1. Wood was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
2. Her mother, Sara Lynn Moore, is an actress, director, and acting coach, who converted to Judaism.
3. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a locally prominent actor, singer, theater director, playwright, and from a Christian family; he is the Executive Director of a local community theater company called Theatre in the Park.
4. Wood’s brother, Ira David Wood IV, is also an actor; she has two other brothers, Dana and Thomas, and a sister named Aden.
5. Her paternal aunt, Carol Winstead Wood, was a Hollywood production designer.
6. 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 musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol when she was just a few months old.
7. 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 Anne Sullivan) in a production of The Miracle Worker, under her father’s direction.
8. Wood’s parents separated in 1996, and later divorced, and Wood moved with her mother to her mother’s native Los Angeles County, California.
9. Wood briefly attended Cary Elementary, a public school in Cary, North Carolina.
10. She was subsequently home-schooled and received her high school diploma at age 15.
11. She was awarded a black belt in taekwondo when she was 12 years old.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Wood’s first major screen role was in the low-budget 1998 film Digging to China, which also starred Kevin Bacon, Cathy Moriarty and Mary Stuart Masterson.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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”.
19. In September 2006, Wood received Premiere magazine’s “Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent.”
20. In 2012, Wood recorded “I’d Have You Anytime” which is on the fourth CD of Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, a compilation production for the benefit of the organization.
21. Wood formed electro-pop Rebel and a Basketcase with multi-instrumentalist Zach Villa in 2016.
22. Wood is one-half of cover band Evan + Zane, which she formed with guitarist/singer-songwriter Zane Carney in 2018.
23. Wood appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009.
24. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Wood and others told the stories of the people killed there.
25. In 2003, Wood described herself as Jewish.
26. Wood began dating English actor Jamie Bell for a year in 2005 after they met at the Sundance Film Festival. Wood was aware of the false claims that they had first met while co-starring in the music video for Green Day’s song “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, and has stated they were “already dating and very much in love by that point.
27. They got matching tattoos of each other’s initials. Wood says she doesn’t regret the tattoo as “it reminds me of a great, great period in my life.”
28. In January 2007, Wood’s relationship with Marilyn Manson became public. She is the inspiration behind Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses”, and appeared in the song’s music video.
29. In 2011, Wood disclosed that she was bisexual via Twitter, and discussed her sexuality in an interview with Esquire, saying, “I’m up for anything. Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl…”
30. In January 2017, Wood became engaged to her Rebel and a Basketcase bandmate, Zach Villa. In September 2017, they called off the engagement.