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Evan Rachel Wood: Snapshot

Name
Evan Rachel Wood
Date of Birth
September 07, 1987
Birth Place
Raleigh, N.C.
Evan Rachel Wood shot to fame as every parent's rebellious nightmare in the teenage coming-of-age drama, Thirteen, and in real-life rose many eyebrows by falling for shock rocker Marilyn Manson.

However, her love affair with the dark musician didn't overshadow her acting career: by 20, she shared the screen with Oscar winners Nicole Kidman (Practical Magic), Cate Blanchett (The Missing) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Running with Scissors).

After ending things with former fiancé Manson, the onetime wild child settled down with actor Jamie Bell, tying the knot in Nov. 2012 and welcoming a son less than a year later. But after two years of marriage, the pair called it quits in May 2014. Professionally, Wood found a new home on the small screen, as a vampire queen on True Blood, and supported Mickey Rourke in his Oscar-nominated comeback The Wrestler.

Evan Rachel Wood: Five Fun Facts

  1. At 5, Evan Rachel Wood was very close to kissing Brad Pitt when she was flown out to L.A. to audition for Interview With the Vampire. She lost the role to an 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst.
  2. "At the end of the video, we're kissing and it's raining blood – and for me, that was one of the most romantic moments of my entire life," Evan Rachel Wood told GQ of shooting the controversial video ''Heart-Shaped Glasses'' with Marilyn Manson.
  3. Evan Rachel Wood had her first on-screen kiss with Mischa Barton on the short-lived ABC drama Once and Again.
  4. Evan Rachel Wood plans to cover up her Beatles-inspired tattoo "because nobody can figure out what it is. It's supposed to be a strawberry with leaves in the shape of a bird, but everybody says, 'Is that a ferret sticking out of an apple?'" she told PEOPLE.
  5. Evan Rachel Wood says David Bowie inspired her to act and sing. She even got a lightning bolt tattoo in his honor.

Evan Rachel Wood: Biography

1997

Evan Rachel Wood

Once and Again

After her parents' divorce, Wood moves to L.A. with her mother, where she is cast as Billy Campbell's daughter (right) on the ABC drama, Once and Again. As Jessie, Wood tackles an eating disorder and an attraction to a female classmate. "I remember the first episode I directed after the pilot," the show's producer Marshall Herskovitz tells Newsweek. "There was a scene where she had to break down and cry. I'm sitting there watching her in the monitor, and I started to cry. That was the first time in 25 years of directing that I cried on the set." After three seasons, the critically acclaimed series is cancelled due to low ratings.

1998

Evan Rachel Wood

September 11

Feature Debut

Wood, 11, makes her feature debut as a girl who befriends a mentally handicapped Kevin Bacon in Digging to China (left). In the coming years, she appears with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic and Cate Blanchett in Ron Howard's The Missing. "I think she is scarily good," Andrew Niccol, who directed her in S1m0ne, tells the Los Angeles Times. "The great thing about Evan is that there is an intelligence behind her eyes. There is something going on. The thing about her is, I don't know where she gets it from. She has amazing maturity."

2003

Evan Rachel Wood

January 17

Thirteen

"I put it down. I was afraid of it for a while because of the subject matter. It was so intense," Wood tells the Los Angeles Times of reading the screenplay for Thirteen, in which she plays a teen who changes overnight from polite girl-next-door to having sex, shoplifting and doing drugs. "I had never really done anything like that. I phoned my agent and, right then, I said, 'I have to do this movie.'" The film, which also stars Holly Hunter and Nikki Reed (right), introduces Wood to a larger audience of critics and indie film directors.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Eric Charbonneau/WireImage

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): ABC; Everett Collection; Twentieth Century

Edited by Julia Wang

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