Evan Rachel Wood
The sexy teen prospect is in great demand in the movie industry, already with various credits in movies and TV shows. Evan Rachel Wood was born on September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, NC, where her father Ira David Wood ran a theater company. Along with her two brothers, she acted in her dad's stage productions before getting small roles in made-for-TV movies. In 1995, she made several guest appearances on the CBS drama American Gothic, as the daughter of Mrs. Russell (played by real-life mom Sara Lynn Moore). Her next regular role was Chloe on the NBC sci-fi police drama Profiler. She left the show to join the cast of the popular ABC family drama Once and Again as Rick's daughter Jessie. Along with child actor co-stars Julia Whelan and Meredith Deane, she won a Young Artist Award for her work on the show. Other TV appearances include Touched by an Angel, The West Wing, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 1998, Wood made her first feature film in Timothy Hutton's directorial debut Digging to China. In the starring role of Harriet Frankovitz, she played a ten-year-old girl who befriends mentally challenged adult Ricky (Kevin Bacon). More movie appearances followed in Griffin Dunne's fantasy Practical Magic, Joey Travolta's crime movie Detour, and Andrew Niccol's sci-fi comedy Simone. Her next leading role was in the family-friendly drama Little Secrets as teenage concert violinist Emily Lindstrom. Her big breakthrough came in 2003 as the star of Catherine Hardwicke's directorial debut Thirteen, which was partially written by teenage co-star Nikki Reed. Launched into semi-stardom by the well-marketed movie, she was then offered a part in Ron Howard's Western The Missing, also starring Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones. Projects for 2004 include the family drama The Upside of Anger and the teen comedy Pretty Persuasion.
More Fun Stuff About Evan Rachel Wood
Height 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Trained in dance.
She loves to sing, swim, rollerblade and go horseback riding.
She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Has kept in touch with most of her "Once and Again" (1999) castmates: Mischa Barton, Julia Whelan, and Shane West.
Sings two songs on the "School's Out" Christmas album (Christmas Isn't Christmas, and Silver and Gold)
Niece of Carol Winstead Wood.
Has known Frankie Muniz since she was 6 years old.
Was originally set to play Terri in Raise Your Voice (2004), but dropped out due to production changes. Hilary Duff was then cast as her replacement.
Was considered for the role of Kammy in Southland Tales (2005).
Nominated for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Drama TV Series at 2000 Young Artist Award for ONCE AND AGAIN
Nominated for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress at 2000 Young Artist Award for PROFILER
Nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress at 1999 Young Artist Award for PRACTICAL MAGIC
Nominated for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Mini-Series/TV Film DOWN WILL COME BABY at 1999 Young Artist Award
Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at Screen Actors Guild Awards for THIRTEEN (2004)
Nominated for Breakthrough Female Performance at MTV Movie Awards for THIRTEEN (2004)
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama at Golden Globe Awards for THIRTEEN (2004)
Down in the Valley (2004)_ - starring with 'Edward Norton' ; currently filming.
Erika Christensen and Evan Rachel Wood: Girl Talk
17-year-old Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen) and Erika Christensen, 22 (Traffic and Swimfan) are two young actresses who have both been described as possessing “talent and poise” beyond their years. We found that to be true of course but we also got a good sense of laid-back fun from these two young women when we had an exclusive chat with them recently about playing sisters in the comedic drama The Upside of Anger in which they co-star with Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt.
Evan, in t-shirt with “Bowie” on it, jeans and belt with red plastic bracelet/watch, looked every inch the relaxed teen. Her well-applied make-up accented a beautiful porcelain complexion. The usually blonde Erika, was stylish as a hot brunette, in big hoop earrings and a beaded V neck beige top with pink flowers. She complained to us that the beads were falling off.
In a suite at Beverly Hills’ 4 Seasons’ hotel, the girls got comfy all curled up on a couch to dish with us about playing sisters. We learned that the two met in acting school and have known each other for years. They actually seem like sisters. Evan even gets to kiss Erika’s little brother Dane in this film. Join our girlchat about guys, movies and extreme sports!
TeenHollywood: Did you give Evan any advice on working with your brother?
Evan: She was there cheering us on.
Erika: I was like ‘yes’ when I came to the set on their kissing scene day. I was watching the monitor going ‘wooo hooo’. I was so happy.
TeenHollywood: You narrate the film, Evan. Did you ad lib any of that?
Evan: I did the first time I did it then I had to do it twenty more times. I just had to go with it. We could never get the sound right. I did it (recorded it) in closets and over the phone and on other movie sets.
Erika, your character Andy in “Upside” is dating a much older guy and Evan, yours can’t even get the guy she likes to kiss her. Do you think, as sisters, you would have talked about that together?
Evan: I think they’d just leave that alone.
Erika: Yeah. I think I probably, in my case, everybody (in the family) knew better than to say anything to me. It’s like ‘you shut your mouth. This is my life’. I think probably Andy would be gung ho about you guys (Evan and her movie boyfriend). Go for it!
Evan: Go! Tell him you’re from a broken home.
Erika: He’s cute. Go talk to him!
TeenHollywood: What makes you guys angry and have you ever found out you were totally wrong to be so angry?
I think I’ve been extremely right every time I’ve been angry (we all laugh). No, but I don’t get angry very often. What pisses me off are viewpoints that aren’t gung ho.
Evan: Yeah. I don’t like people who are just phony and like your best friend and then you turn your back and they stab you. That makes me angry.
Erika: That’s actually at the very top of the list because they do exist and we all know it. There are those people who come on like your best friend and they are knifing you in the back. The trick is figuring out who they are and getting away. Or get pissed off and see what happens.
TeenHollywood: There is so much competition in Hollywood among young actresses. Has another actress ever done anything evil to you?
Evan: I actually had a part and somebody stuck their nose it in and took it!
Erika: That’s happened to me. The most evil things that have happened to me is people trying to make you feel less than you are or wear down your confidence. That’s really wrong. And those are the same people who will….
Evan: … Be your best friend.
Erika: Right. Fortunately, it’s not everyone.
Evan: I’ve had pretty good luck with other girls. It’s kind of surprising but some have been supportive.
Erika: We’re both like guys’ girls. So being in an environment where there is mainly women is very interesting.
Evan: And scary.
TeenHollywood: So was it weird to be sisters in this film then? You both grew up with brothers.
Evan: I never did that cooking in the kitchen stuff.
Erika: My mom doesn’t even cook. She can but my dad cooks and my mom and I are not girly and (to Evan) neither is your mom at all.
TeenHollywood: Evan, your boyfriend in the film bungee-jumps. Have you ever done that?
Evan: I’ve kind of bungee-jumped. I wasn’t attached by the ankles. I was in a harness. You don’t just jump. They pull you back (and launch you). It was seventeen stories and then you pull a cord and you drop.
Erika: I did that parachute thing. You can do it with a bunch of people. One person, when you are up there has to pull the string to release you and we didn’t do it together but Evan and I were both the braves ones pulling the strings. Also, I went zip-lining between mountains. It was so fun. I think I’d rather go sky-diving than bungee jumping though.
TeenHollywood: Evan, you didn’t do this right after Thirteen but after that intense film did you think ‘I want to lighten up now’?
Evan: I don’t want to just be known as the extreme, dark girl. Obviously I’m not going to jump in right away and do another promiscuous drug addict character. But, no, I was just looking for something good. It just worked out that I happened to balance everything out.
TeenHollywood: If either one of you were going to go out with a guy, what qualities do they need to have for you to like them?
Evan: Talk nerdy to me. Brainy.
Erika: Film buff.
Evan: I didn’t even realize I had a type until like two weeks ago. I guess I like shaggy hair. I don’t like guys who use hair spray. Just get out of the shower and shake it a little. Just funny guys and they have to like cartoons and Winnie the Pooh.
Erika: I want a genius myself. I want a creative genius. I realized that. I’m really attracted to it. And somebody with soul and integrity.
TeenHollywood: Ideal date activities for you? Erika, we know you are into Karaoke.
Erika: That’s a good one, actually. I definitely think just the standard dinner is nice so you can talk. Anywhere you can talk. Movies are great but you at least have to do dinner and a movie… or the other way around, movie and then dinner so you have something to talk about.
Evan: Or watch a movie at somebody’s house. I think theme parks are really fun. I always wait and see if the guy will take me to the Santa Monica pier. I know it’s really corny but, to me, when I think of a date, I think of walking along the pier, sunset, Ferris Wheel sort of thing.
TeenHollywood: What music do you use to escape or get away in your head?
Evan: Radiohead takes me on a trip. That can take me to a whole other level.
Erika: I listen to so many different kinds of music. And they all take me to different places. I love Billie Holiday and older music. It’s really pretty and it makes your whole life feel like a movie; everything just feels nice.
TeenHollywood: Speaking of nice, we hear that Joan Allen, who plays your mom in the film is really a great person.
Evan: She is so great.
Erika: She’s a wonderful person.
Evan: She’s completely opposite of her character. Completely understanding and loving. She hung out with us.
Erika: She wasn’t going out to her trailer.
Evan: I don’t know how she turns it on and off. She’d be like (angry) waaaa and then, la, la, la.
TeenHollywood: You guys grew up with brothers and certainly don’t have alcoholic moms. What can you relate to in this film?
Evan: Everybody goes through that chaotic family stuff. It’s gonna happen.
Erika: Your secrets sneak up on you and rip at you. I think it’s obvious that these characters desperately need each other and there’s this understanding among them that they love each other no matter what. When you have that freedom, when you know you’re not going to lose each other, you’ll always love each other, you can say horrible things.
TeenHollywood: What actors are you dying to work with? They can be great AND cute.
Evan: Besides Johnny Depp?
Erika: Gael Garcia Bernal. He’s cute and he’s brilliant. I want to work with someone Evan worked with, Edward Norton.
Evan: He’s so, so talented. He’s brilliant in Down in the Valley. I think people are going to freak out. I think it’s the best thing he’s ever done.
Erika: I want to work with Clive Owen. (We all agree that Clive is hot)
TeenHollywood: Any message for people watching your careers?
Erika: I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am and thank you for watching the movies. We’re making them for you.
Evan: Yeah. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this is a decent movie. Thank you so much.
Evan Rachel Wood speaks about 'Thirteen' and 'The Missing'
“ It is a little weird to see yourself everywhere with your tongue hanging out ”
It's been a heady year for newcomer Evan Rachel Wood. After taking small roles in Practical Magic and S1mOne, as well as playing in countless TV movies, she landed the starring role of a troubled schoolgirl in Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen. Her much-praised performance has since led to roles in higher profile projects, such as Ron Howard's upcoming western The Missing, Kevin Costner pic The Upside Of Anger, and James Woods comedy Pretty Persuasion. You go girl...
What attracted you to Thirteen?
I think it's a story anyone my age can relate to because it's about that time when you're not a kid, and you're not an adult, so you don't really know who you are. But at the same time you want so badly to be accepted. It's a movie that really holds a mirror up to your face if you're that age.
How do you feel about your newfound fame?
It is a little weird, and I do feel a little bit disoriented sometimes. I'm usually pretty shy around people and pretty private. So yeah, it is a little weird all of a sudden to see yourself everywhere with your tongue hanging out! And a pierced tongue! Like great, like that's not going to haunt me for the rest of my life! But at the same time, things are going really well for me now and I'm getting a lot of opportunities. And I've really affected a lot of people.
As well as starring opposite Holly Hunter in Thirteen, you're also in The Missing with Cate Blanchett. What did you learn working with such acting heavyweights?
How focussed they are, how dedicated they are, and how much they put into everything that they do. Neither of them has any ego, they're really considerate of everyone else. They give the other actors exactly what they need. I've been really lucky this year to work with a lot of my role models. I've just recently worked with Joan Allen too [in Upside Of Anger]. It's just a dream - I'm just waiting to wake up.
Were you at all bothered by the level of violence in The Missing?
I was pretty impressed that they were going that far. That's how it really was, and that's what would have happened. I thought it was really cool that they weren't going to sugar coat anything. I love seeing roles like this for women.
It's especially unusual to see strong women portrayed in a western...
I loved Cate's part and my part, how we're going through the same things that cowboys normally do, and we're holding our own. We're fighting back. I love the way that my character starts out as this prissy girl but finds strength in herself that she didn't know she had. I don't really want to do fluffy cheerleader parts or teen movies. I just try to go for things that are real and will stick with somebody for longer than five minutes.
Was filming tough?
Just having to deal with the environment and the weather constantly changing was rough. Sometimes it got so incredibly cold, it was miserable. And other times it was incredibly hot, and you never knew which it was going to be. The night shooting was really difficult. You're working at four o'clock in the morning, having to scream and cry and fight. It's not the funnest thing in the world...
Didn't you have any fun at all?
Oh, yeah. I really fell in love with my horse, Mucho. I was on him nearly every day. I really got attached to him. That was probably the best part, being able to ride all the time.
Evan Rachel Wood: On the Rise
We'll be seeing a lot of teenage star Evan Rachel Wood in the months to come Apart from her brazenly honest portrayal of a troubled teen in the disarmingly honest Thirteen, Wood will be seen in Ron Howard's The Missing, as Cate Blanchett's daughter in the Western thriller, and is currently in London shooting The Upside of Anger, alongside Kevin Costner and recently wrapped Heart of Summer. At a mere 16, Wood is virtually a veteran with some 17 films to her credit, but she doesn't seem to take potential fame all that seriously. "I see it but, I just kind of laugh at it. It's just kind of funny because I think I'm just this normal girl that's kind of a dork," she says smilingly. As to the possibility of fame, the teenager, who still lives at home with her divorced mother, Wood is circumspect. "It's a little frightening, but still really exciting. I'm getting all these great opportunities to work with amazing people and do amazing projects, so good things come along with it."
One of which is Thirteen, a huge hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival and a film that is bound to give the talented teenager plenty of exposure. In it, she plays a thirteen-year-old girl whose relationship with her mother (Holly Hunter) is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend (Nikki Reed). While talking to this quiet, contemplative teenager, one has the impression of talking to a conventional teen, Wood surprisingly admits that it wasn't all that difficult to tap into this latest character, a girl who starts out naively innocent but is so desperate to fit in, that she becomes enveloped in a dark world of sex and drugs at the expense of the relationship with her mother. The actress says she wasn't at all shocked at the utter frankness of the script. "It didn't shock me how real it was and that finally somebody had written something like that." Part of that reality, was the film's often frank exploration of teen sexuality, not in an overtly graphic sense, but realistic nonetheless. Wood, who had never shot scenes like this, said that she had "to zone out and really separate myself from the character and remember that it was just acting. She says the sexual moments ended up being the least difficult. There is a moment where her character cuts herself "and those cutting scenes were really, really difficult because when somebody does that, it's something that's really private which you do by yourself, and you're also at your most vulnerable point. So to do that in front of a lot of people is really difficult." Wood admits that shooting Thirteen was a draining experience but it wasn't difficult leaving this character behind "because I really, really, really, really wanted to shake it off, so by the end of the film I was just completely ready."
Though Wood says she couldn't identify "with the sex and drugs, a lot of my friends are into all that, so I was kind of surrounded by it all the time," she says. The actress shyly admits that was drawn into the cool clique of friends at school. "We all just kinda did everything we thought we were supposed to do and girls dated the guys they were supposed to and did things with the guys they were supposed to." Though she says she eventually "woke up", Wood happily concedes that at the time, she and her group were nothing but a lot of "dumb asses", further conceding that "from the outside you'd probably look and think we were the cool kids, but inside we were all just completely screwed up." She adds that teenagers such as her Thirteen character might think they belong but they really don't. Using her own experiences as a yardstick, Wood adds that "I just know that I was really lonely, and I didn't really have anybody else to relate to/" She says that acting eventually helped her deal with many of these adolescent insecurities "At 13, I was just kind of similar to the character at the time, and the whole movie just made me look at my flaws and myself, and see what I needed to do to change."
Evan says that her biggest flaw at the ripe old age of 16 is that she worries too much. "Oh God, I worry about everything, such as I'm gonna say something stupid. I'm not good at communicating what's going on in my head " she says laughingly.
In comparing teenagers today to those that grew up when her mother was her age, Wood admits that today's teenagers definitely live a darker existence and Thirteen reflects that all too honestly. Wood says she is saddened by the trend that is an extension of the false imagery today's teenagers are exposed to in today's popular culture. "Just look at the messages today's media are sending everybody, from TV and commercials to actors and singers. Kids are just drowning in that 24-7 and it's getting really bad. I mean, some of these things were going on when my mom was a teenager, but actually I had this conversation with a friend of mine and we were trying to figure out what's different about it, and it's just so much darker now. It comes from such a darker place, and it's so deeper to the point where being dark and screwed up is becoming a trend. For instance, blood has become cool and it's just really getting out of control."
The actress hopes that despite its R-rating, teenage girls will flock to see Thirteen, "so that it should scare them if they can relate to the character because you really see at the beginning how she's having fun but you also see her hit rock bottom and you see everything blow up in her face. It should just be a kind of warning."
Wood just completed The Missing for director Ron Howard, and realizes how lucky she is to have so many formidable women playing her mother, from Holly Hunter to Cate Blanchett, "but I can't say enough good things about Cate who's really just the most incredible person you could ever meet. Not only is she just this wonderful actress, but she's just so fun to be around, and she seems very put together." The Missing is another dark piece, but Evan hopes her next film, Upside of Anger, will show off a slightly lighter side. "It's still a dark comedy but much lighter and very funny. It's got Kevin Costner and Joan Allen, so once again another incredible mother."
No wonder that Wood, as her career takes off in leaps and bounds, she has no urgent desire to go to college. She shays that she loves acting far too much "because of the amazing people you get to meet and the amazing places you get to go and being involved in something that can change people or affect them in some way. What's nice about acting is that you're not just left with yourself all the time but you get to see the world through so many different people's eyes."
Evan Rachel Wood: Unsweet Thirteen
Actress Evan Rachel Wood talks about exploring the darker side of adolescence in a new movie.
There was a time when most kids maintained the so-called innocence of youth well into high school. These days, however, an atmosphere of sex, drugs, shoplifting, eating disorders, even self-mutilation in the form of cutting invades the world of some middle-schoolers, and that frightening reality is painted starkly and arrestingly in the just-out indie flick "Thirteen". In it, actress Evan Rachel Wood turns in a gut-wrenching performance as Tracy, the sweet daughter of a single mother (Holly Hunter), who is drawn by a classmate into increasingly reckless behavior. We spoke to Wood, 16, about the film and being young in post-millennial America.
What was it like to slip into Tracy's skin?
It was a rush. Very intense. It's weird -- I mean, everybody kind of has Tracy deep down inside of them. So it's weird to explore this new side of yourself. I mean, I definitely have a wild side and a side kind of filled with pain.
She gets involved in a lot of destructive behavior. Were your friends into any of that when you were 13?
I was definitely around a lot of that stuff -- drugs and things like that. Even when I read the cutting scenes, everybody was like, "Kids don't do this. This isn't the real thing. This is terrible!" I'm like, "Just ask me!" I've known lots of girls that cut. It's become a normal thing for girls to do. It's depressing. But nothing in the script really came as a shock. If anything, they could have gone further with all of it.
Being a teenager is difficult, especially dealing with peer pressure. Have you ever tried to change specifically to fit into someone else's idea of who you should be?
Oh, yeah. For a while I didn't have any friends. I was really lonely, and I was trying to find a way to get friends and fit in any way I could. So, I listened to the music I was supposed to, watched TV shows I was supposed to, hated the people I was supposed to, dressed a certain way.
Did it work?
It was miserable. I was much happier when I was by myself. 'Cause I mean, when you have to change yourself that much, you are not yourself anymore, so what's the point, really?
Now you're in high school. If you had to write Sixteen, what would that movie look like?
"My Sixteen" would probably be a really boring movie, but it would be very sweet. And it would be really funny. It'd be like sitting on the roof, listening to music, hanging out with friends and wearing Converse [sneakers]. Some of my friends' Sixteens? Getting into clubs, wearing really revealing clothing, sleeping with everything that moves, doing lots of drugs. It'd basically be "Thirteen", except you would have a [driver's] license.
Hollywood Actress Evan Rachel Wood Blasts Spears and Aguilera
The Missing actress Evan Rachel Wood has hit out at stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for their sexy image. Wood, 16, is dismissive of celebrities who court publicity and use sex to further their careers. The star of Thirteen says, "Don't get me started on the likes of Ben Affleck and J.Lo and their horrible self-publicity or the awful Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera - they are gross. I feel bad for both of them because sex is selling their albums and they probably wouldn't be doing as well if they weren't half-naked all the time." Wood believes Spears and Aguilera are sending the wrong message to impressionable teenage girls. She explains, "Girls have a lot of pressure. Magazine racks and music videos don't even show the girls' faces any more. It's just bodies or a bottom or a breast shot, so girls think that's what they have to do to get attention, get guys or be popular."
Evan Rachel Wood stars in 'Thirteen'
Opening in limited release today (Wednesday), director Catherine Hardwicke's first feature, Thirteen, is receiving widespread applause from critics. Gene Seymour in Newsday says that Hardwicke's "hyper-realistic visual strategy ... gives her gritty cautionary tale of contemporary adolescence the oozing texture of a waking nightmare that just gets worse and worse." Jami Bernard in the New York Daily News describes the movie, which features Nikki Reed, who also co-wrote the script with Hardwicke, Evan Rachel Wood, and Holly Hunter, as "one of the most honest and harrowing depictions of female adolescence ever put to film." Megan Lehman in the New York Post observes that Thirteen "rises above dysfunctional-family-drama clichés, thanks to the truthfulness of its script and the keen eye of a sympathetic director." But Elvis Mitchell in the New York Times says that the film "flutters above the fine line between drama and exploitation." Nevertheless, he notes "movies about teenage girls, confused and rebellious with no focus, give young actresses opportunities to unleash their talents. And in the case of Thirteen, Evan Rachel Wood's claims our attention." The film receives a four-star review from Mike Clark in USA Today, who calls it "an actor's show" and says Wood's performance is "worthy of an Oscar nomination."
Evan Rachel Wood: Once and Again
On TVs "Once and Again" Jessie Sammler battles an eating disorder, depression and social anxiety. The actress who plays her, Evan Rachel Wood, has a much easier time with real-life adolescence.
Wood, 13, is one of the youngest cast members on an the ABC ensemble show, yet her subtle performance as an angst-ridden teen has made her soft-spoken Jessie a standout character.
Wood will soon be seen in the film "Simone," acting opposite Al Pacino.
CNN met up with her recently to chat about the character of Jessie and the girl behind it.
CNN: Are you able to do typical teen-age things, considering how busy you are with work?
Evan Rachel Wood: Oh yeah, all the time. I have a million friends, I have a great social life. My friends and I have sleepovers, we do our nails, watch movies, go to dance and hip-hop class.
CNN: Do your friends treat you any differently now that you are a star?
Wood: No, not really. I mean, they kind of tease me a little, and say things like, "Evan, our little superstar" and all this stuff. But I am just a normal person like them; I am not any different.
CNN: Your character is fighting a major eating disorder story. What is it like as an actress and 13-year- old to tackle such an emotionally challenging issue?
Wood: When the idea was fist presented to me I kind of freaked out a little bit, because all my life people have made fun of me because I was so skinny. They kind of made me feel bad about it sometimes. I worried that maybe people will think I am really anorexic.
But then I got that all out of my head and I started thinking about it and I thought, "This is going to be a really good storyline."
CNN: Do you feel that this story line could make a difference with other teenagers who are going through this?
Wood: I think so. I think that its nice that there is a storyline like this for many teenagers out there who are going through the same thing. I hope it is making a difference.
CNN: Has Jessie become more like Evan during the course of the show?
Wood: No. At the beginning, she was very laid back and outgoing. She was very confident, but recently she has been rolling up into that little ball and trying to be invisible. And she is worrying about how she looks now and about that whole high school social sort of thing.
Me, I am enjoying every step of the way -- the good and the bad. I am trying to be a good person. I am trying to be myself, and if nobody likes me for me, that is their problem.
CNN: Jessie is right now dealing with issues of being from a divorced family, and you also are from a divorced family. Are the storylines ever a little too close to home for you?
Wood: Yeah, sometimes. It is kind of weird. It is very close to my family sometimes. There was one day that was really hard, because when I had to bring up the emotions of the scene, and -- I don't know why -- I couldn't stop crying.
CNN: What is it like to watch finished product?
Wood: Sometimes I forget that I am even watching myself, realizing that's me. It's like you almost become a fan yourself: You are just this normal person watching this show, and then you realize that it's your show. It's weird sometimes.
CNN: What would you like to see happen with Jessie?
Wood: I just hope she gets better, and I hope she just appreciates what she has -- appreciates life and just loves herself and loves the person that she is and what she has to offer. I just want her to be happy.