Evan Rachel Wood was born on September 7, 1987. She made her first screen appearance as a 10-year-old in “Digging to China” (1997) but got her first lead role in “Little Secrets” (2001), which brought her into the spotlight at 14. She appeared a year later in “Simone” (2002), playing the role of Al Pacino’s daughter. Wood has found success with other movies since then and even dabbled into music. Let’s celebrate her birthday.
Evan Rachel Wood
September 7, 1987
Evan Rachel Wood was born on September 7, 1987, in Rayleigh, California, to Ira David Wood III and Sarah Lynn Moore. Sarah, Wood’s mother, is an acting coach, actress, and director; her father is also an actor. When Wood’s parents separated in 1997, she moved to Los Angeles with her mom, who converted to Judaism. At 12, Wood quit school because she was being bullied. Her experiences nudged her towards learning taekwondo, which she pursues to this day. Wood received her high school diploma when she was 15.
Being born into a family of actors meant Wood was exposed to acting and stage plays from a young age. Her father even cast her and her mother in a theater production of a Christmas carol titled “The Miracle Worker.” However, Wood’s first screen appearance came in a movie titled “Digging to China” (1998), and her first big break came in “Little Secrets” (2001), where she played the protagonist. Wood received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress for the film “Thirteen” in 2003. Three years later, she was awarded the Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent by “Premiere Magazine.” In 2009, Wood appeared in “Whatever Works.” She also appeared in seasons two and three of H.B.O.’s “True Blood” — a drama series about vampires and other supernatural beings. She has also starred in many other films and series since then, such as “The Conspirator” (2011), “Mildred Pierce” (2011), and “Charlie Countryman” (2013). Recently, she played the voice of Queen Iduna in “Frozen II” (2019).
Wood was raised as a Jew by her mother and once publicly said, “I believe in God and my definition of God is very personal.” In 2007, her relationship with singer Marilyn Manson became public as she appeared in Manson’s ‘Heart-shaped Glasses,’ a song widely believed he wrote for her. However, by 2010, their relationship had hit the rocks with allegations of rape and abuse made by Wood against Manson. She married Jamie Bell in 2012. They had a child before splitting in 2014.
Wood makes her first appearance on the big screen in “Digging to China.”
Wood gets her first big movie break in “Little Secrets.”
Wood rises to fame after starring as the lead actress in the movie “Thirteen.”
Wood appears in Green Day’s music video for ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends.’
Wood gets cast in seasons two and three of H.B.O.’s “True Blood,” a drama series about supernaturals.
Why We Love Evan Rachel Wood
She is a human rights activist
Wood appeared in a video released by the Human Rights Campaign in June 2016. The video was a tribute to the victims of the Orlando club shooting.
She is a women’s rights activist
Wood testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations in February 2018, lending her voice in support of The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights Act. She wanted to raise awareness about the devastation assault wreaked on the mind and body.
She stands against domestic violence
In April 2019, Wood appeared before the California State Senate to testify in favor of passing the Phoenix Act. The act increased the statute of limitation on domestic violence cases from three to five years.
5 Surprising Facts
She dislikes her middle name
Wood doesn't like her middle name, but she kept using it so producers and directors wouldn’t mistake her for a male actor.
She has Jewish and Christian ancestry
Wood has Christian heritage from her father's side and Jewish ancestry from her mother’s.
She was homeschooled because of bullying
Wood initially attended junior high in San Fernando Valley but left because she was bullied.
She has a blackbelt
Wood has a blackbelt in taekwondo.
She once attempted suicide
While battling P.T.S.D. due to years of abuse in her previous relationship, Wood attempted suicide.
Evan Rachel Wood FAQs
Who is the father of Evan Rachel Wood’s child?
Jamie Bell is the father of Wood’s son.
Is Evan Rachel Wood married to Marilyn Manson?
No. She is not — although the two of them were in a relationship from mid-2006 to mid-2010.
Is Evan Rachel Wood in a relationship?
No. She is single.
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