Evan Rachel Wood, born September 7, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina (United States), is an American actress and singer.
She began to act in the 1990s in American series such as American Gothic or Second Chance. She made her film debut at the age of 11 in 1998 with the film Digging to China and was nominated in 2003 for the Golden Globe for her role as Tracy Freeland in the independent drama Thirteen.
Since 2016, she has played the android Dolores Abernathy in the sci-fi series Westworld. Her performance earned her a Critics’ Choice Movie Award and a Satellite Award, as well as a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination.
Youth and training
Evan Rachel Wood was born on September 7, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, was an actor, singer, theater director and playwright from a Christian family, and her mother Sara Lynn Moore was an actress, and a convert to Judaism. His brother Ira David IV is also an actor, and his aunt Carol Winstead Wood is a costume designer for the cinema.
Evan Rachel and his brother sometimes performed in their father’s Raleigh theater, Theater in the Park. She starred in the play A Christmas Carol when she was only a few months old2, then in the play Miracle in Alabama (The Miracle Worker) in the role of Helen Keller3,4 .
She auditions for the role of Claudia in Interview with a Vampire, but actress Kirsten Dunst gets the role.
Notable debuts (1994-2000)
From 1994, she played in television films and appeared occasionally in the American Gothic series. In 1997, his parents separated and Evan Rachel moved with his mother to Los Angeles. She auditions for the role of Jessie Sammler in the television series Second Chance (Once & Again) and gets it. His performance was unanimously hailed by critics and his peers, impressed by the maturity of his game.
In 1998, at the age of 11, she got her first film role alongside Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson in the film Digging to China. She remembers this role as being “difficult”, however, this is what made her want to continue and “never stop” 5. She then left school and took correspondence courses.
She continued to play on television at the same time: in 2000, in the melody Les Anges du bonheur, in 2002 in the political series À la Maison-Blanche, and in 2003 in The Experts.
In 2001, at age 14, she was headliner for the first time: the first role in the comedy for teenagers, La Gardienne des secrets (Little Secrets).
But it was in 2003 that she took part in an ambitious project. She lends her features to Tracy Freeland in the independent drama Thirteen, and delivers a critically acclaimed performance.
In July of this year, she posed on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine with other actresses, and is cited as It Girls of Hollywood. And garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination in the Best Dramatic Actress category, an award that was ultimately won by Charlize Theron for her role in Monster.
She confirms her ability to perform complex roles in two independent films: in 2005, she played the teenager Kimberly Joyce in the black comedy Pretty Persuasion, and in 2006 played Tobe, a young girl who fell in love with a cow. -boy older than her, played by actor Edward Norton, in Down in the Valley.
In 2005, she confirmed an appetite for rock by appearing in the music videos At The Bottom of Everything by Bright Eyes and Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day.
In September 2006, she received the Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent from Première magazine.
Independent cinema (2007-2009)
In 2007, she played the daughter of Michael Douglas in King of California, and combined passion for music and her acting skills by playing Lucy Carrigan in Julie Taymor’s musical melodrama Across the Universe, punctuated by the songs of the Beatles.
Julie Taymor, director of Across the Universe, finds that there is a real chemistry between Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess, which is why she wants them to star in her upcoming musical based on Spiderman. Evan Rachel Wood would play Mary Jane Watson and Jim Sturgess would don the Spider-Man costume. The project will not succeed.
The same year, she made an appearance in the music video Heart-Shaped Glasses by Marilyn Manson.
She confirms by collaborating with great filmmakers. In 2008, she starred in drama The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky’s fourth critically acclaimed feature. And in 2009, she plays the ingenuous for Woody Allen in the New York comedy: Whatever Works.
Gradual return to television (since 2009)
At the same time, she does not give up television since in 2009, she lends her features to Sophie-Anne Leclerq, the vampire queen of Louisiana, in the last two episodes of season 2 of the series True Blood, a role that she takes over in season 3, appearing in all in eight episodes.
In 2010, she became the face of Gucci for the Gucci Guilty fragrance.
In 2011, she filmed with two actors who had passed to directing: Robert Redford for the thriller The Conspiracy and George Clooney for the political drama The Marches of Power (The Ides of March).
She also appears in Mildred Pierce, directed by Todd Haynes, and worn by Kate Winslet for cable channel HBO.
In 2013, she returned to independent cinema: the black comedy Charlie Countryman by Fredrik Bond, where she played Shia LaBeouf.
But in 2015, it was on television that she persevered: she played in a few episodes of the second season of the comedy Doll & Em, and especially joined the cast of the science fiction western Westworld, developed by Jonathan Nolan and produced by JJ Abrams for the cable channel HBO in the role of Dolorès.
She also lends her voice to Marianne, the main female character of Strange Magic, an animated film whose screenplay is written from a story by George Lucas.
Evan Rachel Wood recorded several songs apart from those she performed in the soundtracks of films like Across the Universe, Strange Magic and Frozen 2. In 2003, she recorded Silver and Gold and Christmas Isn’t Christmas Without You on two compilations of Christmas carols7. In 2012, she covered I’d Have You Anytime for the charity album Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, the profits of which were donated to Amnesty International8.
With Zach Villa, she forms the electro-pop duo Rebel and a Basketcase which released two EPs in 20169.
She performs on stage with Zane Carney under the name Evan + Zane10.
In 2003, she explained in an interview relating to the film Thirteen, that she described herself as Jewish11. In 2012, she explained on Twitter: “I believe in God but I am not a practitioner, I am spiritual. My definition of God is not in any religion. It’s very personal12 ”. Evan Rachel is a black belt in taekwondo13.
From 2007 to July 2010, she was in a relationship with singer Marilyn Manson. They got engaged in early 201014 after he proposed to her at a concert in Paris 15. She was said to have been the artist’s muse for the track Heart-Shaped Glasses, hence her presence in the video clip 16.
In 2011, she publicly revealed her bisexuality, indicating that she had waited a long time to talk about it, so that this announcement was not taken as a fad or a passing phase17. From October to November 2014, she briefly dated American actress Katherine Moennig18,19.
During the summer of 2011, Evan Rachel reunited with her ex-boyfriend Jamie Bell, whom she married on October 30, 2012. The couple had a son, born July 29, 2013. In May 2014, they announced their separation20 and divorced21.
During a hearing before the US Congress in 2018, she publicly declared that for several years she had been the victim of sexual violence and rape by an ex-boyfriend, the facts going back to ten years. She also says she suffers from post-traumatic stress, which she still has consequences today22.
On February 1, 2021, she reveals the identity of the one she accuses of this abuse: it would be the singer Marilyn Manson.
“He drew gamed crosses on my bedside table”: Evan Rachel Wood denounces the anti-Semitism of Marilyn Manson
After denouncing the sexual and psychological violence allegedly inflicted on her by her ex-fiancé, the Westworld heroine reveals, with supporting images, the anti-Semitism and racism of the metal singer.
“He called me ‘the Jewess’ in a disparaging way. He drew gamed crosses on my bedside table when he was angry with me, ”says Evan Rachel Wood in a story posted on his Instagram account this Friday, February 5. After revealing the sexual and psychological violence inflicted by her ex-boyfriend, singer Marilyn Manson, the actress reveals the artist’s anti-Semitism and racism. “I heard the word ‘nigger’ over and over. He expected the people around him to laugh and abound. If you didn’t, or (god forbid) you criticized him, he took you aside and mistreated you even more. I’ve never been so scared in my life, ”she continues.
Explaining that she was brought up in the Jewish religion after her mother converted, the actress of the Westworld series recounts how Marilyn Manson claimed that “it was better” that she was not of “Jewish blood”. Words to which she adds photos of some of the singer’s tattoos. One, representing a skull, is said to be the Totenkopf, a Nazi symbol. The other two have the shape of a gamée cross.
“The name of my attacker is Brian Warner, whom the world knows better as Marilyn Manson,” she first said in a statement released on Monday, February 1. Evan Rachel Wood thus revealed on her Instagram account that she had suffered sexual and psychological violence from her ex-boyfriend, for three years. “He started manipulating me when I was a teenager, and he abused me horribly for years.” In 2007, when she met the singer known for his provocations, the actress was 18 and he was 36.
They will have a three-year relationship, before getting engaged in January 2010, then breaking up in August of the same year. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submitting,” she continued in the statement. I no longer want to live in fear of possible reprisals, slander or blackmail. ” Before adding: “I am here to denounce this dangerous man, and to challenge the many companies that let him do it, before he ruins other lives. I support the many victims who will no longer be silent. ” Allegations that spokespersons for Marilyn Manson, now 52, have “categorically denied”. The metal singer spoke himself on his Instagram account on Monday, February 1.
Marilyn Manson’s response
“Obviously my art and my life have been the subject of controversy for a long time, but the recent allegations about me are horrific distortions of reality,” he wrote. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consented, with partners in agreement. ” Before continuing: “No matter how – and why – others now choose to distort the past, this is the truth.” Since then, the singer’s label, Loma Vista Recordings, has said he will stop promoting Marilyn Manson’s latest album and stop working with him.
In 2009, the dark-looking artist spoke in the columns of Spin about her relationship with the heroine of Westworld. “I fantasize every day at the idea of crushing his skull with a club,” he explained then. An interview in which he also declared to have “cut his face and hands” on “158 times”, the number of calls refused by the actress during one of their arguments. “I wanted to show her the harm she had done to me,” he continued.
An interview that the musician’s press secretary immediately described as “theatrical”, stressing that it was a promotional campaign for the new album of the rockstar, follower of mysticism. The spokesperson also recalled the words of Evan Rachel Wood in an interview with NetaPorters.com: “I would not trade this relationship for the world,” she said then. I appreciate everything he taught me. I just don’t believe we were meant to be together. ”
The actress however testified before the American Congress, in 2018, of the assaults she would have suffered, as part of a campaign against domestic violence. She revealed that the singer would have “tied her by the hands and the feet to torture her physically and mentally, until he felt that she had proved her love to him”, without however giving, to the at the time, the name of his alleged attacker. “I really thought I was going to die,” she recalled. “My experience of domestic violence has been as follows: abuse p