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Real Name: Evan Rachel Wood
Birthday:  Sept. 7, 1987
Birth Place:  Raleigh, North Carolina
Eyes: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5'5"

 

Evan Rachel Wood Biography:

A remarkably good actress, Evan Rachel Wood focused on playing characters who had seen and tried too much at very early ages. She first grabbed awareness while still in grade school on the television show “American Gothic” (1995-96) and “Once And Again” with young Adam Brody (1999-2002), before amazing critics with her role of a young female who jumps into sex and drugs in the troubling independent production, “Thirteen” alongside friends Vanessa Hudgens and Holly Hunter in 2003, where Evan received a Golden Globe nomination. She then switched between conventional Hollywood movie features and small independent productions, gaining good reviews and audiences with her charm and talent.

Born September 7, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina, her love for acting was helped by her family’s involvement in show business. Her parents, Ira David and Sara Lynne Moore were actors, directors and writers, and her brother Ira David IV and aunt were production engineers in Hollywood. 


Evan Rachel Wood started appearing in her father’s theater projects while still a toddler, making her stage debut at only eight months old in “A Christmas Carol,” and was later seen as Helen Keller in her father’s adaptation of “The Miracle Worker.”

Evan then began appearing in made for television movies at the age of eight. After auditioning for, and losing the part of teen vampire Claudia to Kirsten Dunst in “Interview with the Vampire (1994), her first movie role was in the crime drama “In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride, and Madness” in 1994. She also made appearances in three episodes of Sam Raimi and Shaun Cassidy’s television series “American Gothic” in 1995. 

Two years later, her parents divorced and she relocated to Los Angeles with her mother. Evan Rachel Wood immediately found new television work, first as the troubled daughter of Billy Campbell’s divorced father on “Once And Again.” She also was hired in her feature film debut at age eleven in two very unusual films, the comedy “Practical Magic” (1998), as a young girl in a family of witches that starred Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, and the heartbreaking drama, “Digging to China” (1998) as a mistreated young girl who becomes friends with an emotionally handicapped adult (Kevin Bacon). 

That same year, Wood dropped out of school over arguments with teachers and students, and was home schooled for the rest of her teen years, getting her diploma at age fifteen. During this time, she kept busy in a number of film ad movie projects that showed her skilled in almost every type of situation. Even though she dropped out of “Raise Your Voice” (2004) because of scheduling problems, and losing a role in “Mean Girls” (2004) to the more trendy Lindsay Lohan, she was a likable hero in the charming kid comedy, “Little Secrets” (2002) with David Gallagher, which built a small following in later television showing. 

Evan Rachel also played Al Pacino and Catherine Keener’s daughter in the science fiction spoof “S1m0ne” (2002) and lived through a kidnapping by a medicine man in Ron Howard’s “The Missing” (2003) working with powerhouse stars Val Kilmer and Cate Blanchett. Even though her work in both movies was excellent, neither film was able to fully show her true acting talents.

Suddenly everything changed for the actress with the movie “Thirteen” (2003), giving critics a second chance to see her at her best while working alongside super actors Vanessa Hudgens and Holly Hunter. Playing the role of Tracy, a sophisticated young teen whose attempt to stay sane as her family turns to disorder, abuse, and disappointment, she left viewers wanting to see more of the talented actor. The film earned nothing but good reviews, and gained her a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. 

In 2005, Evan Rachel Wood portrayed the youngest of four girls who each try to find their own way of coping with their missing father and angry and bewildered mother (Joan Allen) in Mike Binder’s drama “The Upside of Anger” working next to Kevin Costner.

Evan then worked on the dark comedy “Pretty Persuasion” (2005), where she was a nasty and sexually open high school girl. Finally, she gave a outstanding performance in “Running with Scissors” with Gwyneth Paltrow in 2006, in which she played the strange daughter of an even more bizarre therapist father. 

Wood worked on several movies in 2006, the independent film drama “Down in the Valley,” in which she played a a unruly young girl who becomes the item of affection for a deluded man (Edward Norton) who thinks he is a famous cowboy. Then the actress lent her voice to the animated comedy "Shark Bait" (2006) about a fish who must find his destiny to save his home and the love of his life from a bullying shark. Next was the comedy "King of California" (2007) starring Michael Douglas about an unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.


Wood then starred alongside Uma Thurman in the dramatic thriller "The Life Before Her Eyes" (2007) about a woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago that causes her present-day happy life to fall apart. Evan then lent her voice to the animated adventure "Terra" (2007) about a peaceful alien planet that faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it. She wrapped the year with "Across The Universe" (2007) about the music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor artist.

After taking a year off from filming, she repapered in  the sports film "The Wrestler" (2009) the story of a retired professional wrestler, Randy "The Ram" Robinson, who is making his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one final showdown with his former rival.

 

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