10 Things You Didn’t Know About Evan Rachel Wood

  
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Evan Rachel Wood rose to fame when she took a role in the controversial film Thirteen back in the early 2000s. Since then she’s been in major projects like Across the Universe, The Wrestler, and in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. She’s a relatively private person for a Hollywood actress, but she’s not afraid to voice her opinions and stick up for her beliefs. Wood is well credited as not only a critically acclaimed actress, but also for her incredible singing voice! She is celebrating a milestone today as she graduates into her thirties, so in honor of her 30th birthday, here’s a look at 10 things you might not have known about Evan Rachel Wood!

10. Childhood

She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to her now separated parents. Her acting chops are something that have been most definitely handed down. Ira David Wood III, her father, is a prominent local actor, singer, theater director and playwright. He is a executive director of a local theater company called Theatre in the Park, while her mother, Sara Lynn Moore, is an actress, director and acting coach. Similar to Evan, her brothers followed in their parents footsteps. Her brothers are both active in the local theatre community alongside their father and that’s where Evan got her first taste of success when she appeared in her father’s internationally renowned 1987 musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol. She was only a few months old at the time of her appearance. She once described her childhood as growing up in dusty old theatres, so it’s not surprising she decided to become an actress. She was home-schooled for the majority of her education and received her high school diploma when she was only 15-years-old! From that moment forward she began focusing on her career and appeared in several made-for-TV films.

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9. She’s Bi-Sexual

Evan Rachel Wood opened up about her sexuality in an interview with Esquire in 2011. During the interview she revealed that she had dated men and women in the past and that she’d received a lot of criticism for it. She also revealed some interesting details like, she’s the stereotypical guy in her relationships with women. “I’m more kind of like the guy when it comes to [dating] girls. I’m the dominant one…I’m opening the doors. I’m buying dinner. Yeah, I’m romantic,” she said. Her recent openness also inspired her to come to the defense of Amber Heard when media reports speculated her bisexuality had a role in her divorce from Johnny Depp. She doesn’t like the stigma that is placed on people who are bisexual and believes that labels can be harmful. She said she struggled with depression and shame for a long time because of it. “It’s time to be vulnerable and honest and to not be ashamed. For so long, I was ashamed. You’re dealing with the shame that the world has imposed upon you and then on top of that the shame of identifying that way,” she said. She also told US Weekly that, even though she only went public with her bisexuality recently, she always knew it was apart of her. “I knew it was part of me, but I hadn’t allowed myself to explore it. I didn’t realize how crippling it was until I finally opened that door and went, ‘Wow!'” she said.

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