A very pregnant Wood is at Tribeca to unveil her latest film, romantic comedy A Case of You. Directed by Kat Coiro from a screenplay by brothers Justin and Christian Long, the film stars Justin Long as Sam, a disillusioned novelist who is infatuated with Byrdie (Wood) the barista at his local Brooklyn coffee shop. He eventually stalks her Facebook profile and seeks to win her over by becoming the man he thinks she wants—that is, conforming to all the things under her “likes” section. The experiment goes swimmingly, until Sam realizes he may be biting off more than he can chew. The film boasts a stellar supporting cast as well, including Vince Vaughn as a snappy agent, Peter Dinklage as a saucy gay barista, and Sam Rockwell as a stoner guitar instructor.
Wood sat down with The Daily Beast at Tribeca to discuss her film, pregnancy (her husband is actor Jamie Bell), her fantastic Twitter account, and her decision to come out as bisexual via social media.
What attracted you to the role of Byrdie?
She’s fearless, and the complete opposite of Justin’s character. The whole point is she needed to be everything intimidating to someone who’s insecure, because she’s the most confident, free-spirited girl with a pixie cut that’s an artist. She seems like a fairy, on the surface. What attracted me is it’s different from everything else I’ve played because I usually do more intense roles, so it was nice to smile and have a good time.
Did you feel like you were getting pigeonholed as the “brooding, intense young woman?”
No, but I’m sure I wasn’t the first name that came to mind when they’re doing a comedy. People who I’ve worked with are always like, “Why aren’t you doing comedy? You’re funny!” because they’ve only seen the one side. I did do the comedy Whatever Works, with Woody Allen and Larry David.
Can you tell me something funny or strange about Larry? He’s so great.
He loves Steppenwolf, which I didn’t know. He loves it! We’d rock out to “Magic Carpet Ride.”
Now I’m picturing Larry blasting Steppenwolf in his Prius. Byrdie is a caricature artist. Do you have any strange hidden talents?
Yes. Obviously, I’m pregnant and I looked at my husband one day and I was like, “I’m going to crochet the baby a blanket!” And he was like, “What?” And then I got all the supplies and started crocheting this blanket in front of him, and he was like, “Are there any other hidden talents I should know about? I had no idea you could crochet!”
How far along are you, if you don’t mind me asking?
I’m close! I’m in the home stretch.
Do you play it music?
I do! My friend Toby got me this belt that you put around the belly so it’s like Surround Sound, and I found all these great lullaby renditions of rock ‘n roll songs, like Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, and Radiohead. It’s awesome.
Back to hidden talents—there is a joke about Judo in the film, and I heard you have a black belt in Taekwondo?
[At this point, Justin Long—who apparently had been eavesdropping on the interview—screams “WHAT?” from the hallway and comes into the room]
Long: I did not know that! What don’t you do?!?
Wood: I have a black belt and used to compete when I was a kid! I did the Junior Olympics.
Long: I’ve known you for so long, I can’t believe I didn’t know that! OK, carry on. [Leaves]
Have you ever had to use your Taekwondo skills?
I used to get beat up in school around fifth grade, but it’s funny because I refused to use it when I got beat up. I just thought you weren’t supposed to. But I think once I did. I just did a really crazy kick and everyone was like, “OK, I’m gonna go away now.”
Are you active on Facebook?
I am on Facebook but it’s mainly for friends and family, so it’s not my real name. But I am on Twitter a lot. I resisted it for so long, but I love it because I get to connect with people I look up to—actors, comedians, and singers. I’ve made new friends and I get tickets to shows and things, like I’ll mention a band and get a tweet back that says, “You’re on the list,” and I’m like, “I love Twitter!” I follow a lot of news sources so I get news really quickly, and I love it because you get to talk about whatever issue you’re passionate about, so I’ve used it to rah-rah for certain things.
Gay marriage is a big issue that I see you talking about a lot on Twitter.
I’m out [as a] bisexual, so I get questions and curiosity from people who don’t genuinely know and want to ask questions. People will start out not believing it and by the end of it you find that you’ve reached some kind of understanding with people—some middle ground. And then other people start talking, other people tell their stories. Even people that come out so against it, it’s very interesting for me to hear the other side.
There’s been this big sea change now with Obama endorsing gay marriage and you even have R&B singers like Frank Ocean coming out as bisexual. Back when we were kids, you never would’ve seen any of that.
Yeah! And I think part of that is just where we are. It’s become more socially acceptable. With me, the reason why I came out is because I felt like now was the time to no longer be silent about it.
Had you been reluctant to come out for a little while?
I wanted to wait for the right time and wait to have enough years under my belt where people knew that it wasn’t a phase or anything and I wasn’t doing it for attention; this is a part of who I am, and I’m old enough to really know who I am by now. And I had to wait until I told my family, too, which I was really nervous about! And I have a really chill, understanding family, too.
The film is really about trying to please your partner so much in the relationship that you lose sight of who you really are. Have you ever been in one of those relationships where you felt like you lost sight of who you are?
I think everyone feels a little of that when he or she starts dating—you just like someone so much that you’ll do anything to make them happy. And in the process, you lose yourself and neglect your own feelings, and then one day you ask yourself, “Why am I so unhappy?” I started learning another language. Swedish. That’s probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done. It was a bad idea.
You do a beautiful job singing in Case of You, and of course in Across the Universe. Had you ever thought of releasing an album?
I’d like to do it at some point, but I’ve resisted because I act for my job and that’s this creative thing that I do, and it’s a passion but it’s still a job. Artists are sensitive about their stuff. Singing makes me so happy and feeds my soul so much that I almost wouldn’t want it to get tainted and become this work thing. Maybe one of these days I’ll just say screw it. I sing very loudly, so I feel like it would have to be Janis-y.
Was that your real back tattoo in the movie?
They let me keep my tattoo, yeah. It’s an Edgar Allen Poe quote from “A Dream Within A Dream.” It says, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
I remember I saw Thirteen with my little sister when she was 13 and I told her, “Don’t you ever do any of that.” Was it strange to be immediately thrust into the spotlight at 14?
It was, and I don’t think I realized it until I was older and looked back on it. It was zero-to-a-hundred, and it all happened so fast. It was a blessing and a curse. I’m proud of that film and it’s still moving people, but you’re so young and you’re thrust into the spotlight, and you’re supposed to show the world who you are before you even know who you are. “This is me, but I don’t even know who I am!” Then you have to grow up in front of everybody and go through all your awkward stages. And then you go, “I’m going to go be a goth kid because I’m 19,” and the whole world freaks out and you’re like, “You know I’m still a teenager, right?”
The first time I went to Sundance was in 2005, and you had Pretty Persuasionand The Upside of Anger in it. Your husband, Jamie Bell, also had The Chumscrubber there…
Yeah! That’s how we met! We met at that Sundance Film Festival. We fell in love at that festival.
That’s crazy. I was at the after-party for The Chumscrubber there. So it wasn’t the Green Day video for “Wake Me Up When September Ends” that you two met?
That’s what everyone always says, but we never said that. We were already dating and very much in love when we did that music video, that’s why it’s so good. [Laughs]
You and Jamie initially split up and then found each other again. That’s tough to do.
Yeah, but you know, that’s the real test: If you can go away and come back. It just never went away. Sometimes, you break up with people and it goes away, but this only got worse. It felt like a fate thing—this thing inside both of us that felt like we needed to be together.
Your movie choices have been so diverse, and mostly indie—you’ve really shied away from the two-dimensional female roles in blockbuster films. Has that been a conscious choice for you?
Yeah, and sometimes I’ve been too picky. Not that there’s anything wrong with doing big blockbusters, but I wanted to go do movies that I wanted to go see. I’ve managed to work with a lot of my favorite directors and actors. I did like doing roles that were I guess… I don’t want to say extreme but just not the norm, because I’m a little weird.
The Hollywood actress on using olive oil in her skincare regime, why Kate Winslet is her inspiration and how her favourite fragrance is fitting of strong, independent women.
We’re not only in awe of these EXCLUSIVE pictures of Evan Rachel Wood, the hawt 25-year-old Golden Globe nominates actress and face of Gucci Guilty Black, but her awesome answers to our beauty probe. Take note, girls.
What is your daily skincare routine?
I use olive oil to take my makeup off. I put it all over my face with a hot towel. It leaves my skin very smooth. Then, aloe and sunscreen.
What are your go-to products?
Mascara - I could have no makeup on, but if I have mascara on, I feel fine.
Olive Oil - It’s a great trick to keep your skin soft. You can bathe in it or take your make-up off with it.
NARS Lip Pencils - It’s a lipstick and lip liner in one. You can be very precise, but get all the coverage you want.
Make Up For Ever Foundation – It can be hard for me to find a match for my skin because I’m so pale. They have many different shades and it goes on very light.
DHC Sunscreen - I’m pale; I have to wear it every day. One of the reasons why I love DHC is because they use a lot of olive oil in their products. I use their soap, because it won’t dry your skin up.
Who is your beauty icon?
Tilda Swinton. She’s a female Bowie to me. She always looks gorgeous, but very androgynous, from another planet. It’s very striking.
Who are you most inspired by?
Kate Winslet. She is a really incredible to watch, and inspiring. That’s definitely a very strong woman. She’s incredible, no matter what’s going on. I’ve seen her sick as a dog but still pulls through. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in your personal life, that day she leaves it at the door. She rises above it. She has a great attitude. She still makes everyone laugh. She’s fun to be around. She’s really easygoing and really funny.
Describe your fitness routine
I live in an area where I can ride my bike everywhere. That’s a great way to stay in shape. I just started doing yoga, which I totally get why everyone is in love with it now. It took me a while to jump on the train, but it’s pretty great. And dancing. It’s a fun workout.
How do you apply and wear fragrance?
I wear it everyday. I usually spray it to the air and walk through it a few times. I like having a fragrance that is yours and that people associate with you. So when they smell it, they are immediately reminded of you, or an experience they had with you.
Describe the Gucci Guilty Black fragrance
It’s very sensual and very edgy. It’s got a sweet smell, but also a spicy smell. It’s got red pepper in it, but then it’s got red fruit. It’s sugar and spice. I really like that.
Describe the woman that would wear Gucci Guilty Black
A woman who is a little more adventurous, one that knows what she wants. A strong independent, confident woman. Someone that wants to leave an impression on people. Scent does that. It’s one of the reasons we wear it – people smell it and want to get closer to you or they smell it and they remember you, they’re taken back to a time or place.
“I think if there was ever a time to come out, now would be the time. And if I can use my status to draw awareness and get people talking about it, then that means the world to me. So that’s really why I did it. And it was such a relief, you know? It’s a part of who I am and it has been for so long and I was proud of it and I wanted people to know that side of me. My friends knew since I was in middle school or freshman year, they all knew. My parents, even though they are really open-minded liberal people, I was so nervous to tell them. They were amazing and supportive and they didn’t have a problem with it. So I came out to everyone first.”
Ewan McGregor and Evan Rachel Wood are in talks for “The Prince of Tehran”, a Kari Skogland-directed piece that’ll be a fat focus at AFM in a week’s time.
We’re told the script, which sounds like an engrossing cross between “Midnight Express” and “Bangkok Hilton”, is based on a harrowing, super-emotional true story set after the 1980 Iranian revolution where a 16-year-old Christian schoolgirl named Marina Nemat was, in 1982 after being arrested for leading a protest against the requirement to study the Koran, sentenced to death at the infamous Evin prison.
Salvation came for the girl in the form of Ali, a young guard that falls in love with the girl, ultimately proposing they get married – which would involve her adopting Islam – to save her life. The tale has a rather tragic end, but Marina’s story has emerged a heroine with an important, much-heard voice.
Intandem Films, which also just picked up the new Antoine Fuqua police thriller “Ocean Beach”, will produce the film, which McGregor (“The Impossible”) and Wood (“True Blood”) will have pivotal supporting roles in. Rest of the cast to be announced post-AFM.
Michael Polish has attached himself to direct.
Evan Rachel Wood is in talks to star as the lead character, a female trucker named “RAINBEAUX”
18 WHEEL BUTTERFLY by Christian Divine is a colorful road movie. An adorable gear-grindin’ female trucker is accused of a crime that she did not commit and must outrace the law, brother truckers, feds and bounty hunters in the in the Texas bubble gum, redneck chic summer of 1977.
18 WHEEL BUTTERFLY will be produced by Aaron Magnani under his Water Bear/Aaron Magnani Productions Banner along with A Polish Brothers Construction.
Magnani and producers are currently seeking financing.
“Inglourious Basterds” thesp Til Schweiger is set to join Shia LaBeouf in “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” which acclaimed commercials helmer Fredrik Bond is directing from a Black List script by Matt Drake.
The gritty pulp romance from Voltage Prods. and Bona Fide Prods. will find LaBeouf playing the title character, a normal guy who falls for a woman (Evan Rachel Wood) who has been claimed by a violent crime boss (Mads Mikkelsen).
Schweiger will play Darko, a Serbian gangster and former paramilitary fighter who relocated to Budapest to run a strip club and avoid a war crimes tribunal.
Melissa Leo has been cast LaBeouf’s late mother, whose spirit continues to visit and advise Charlie. Producers are also eyeing “The Inbetweeners” thesp James Buckley for a supporting role.
Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will produce through their Bona Fide banner along with Bill Horberg, while Craig J. Flores will produce for Voltage, whose Nicolas Chartier will exec produce. Production is skedded to start next month in Eastern Europe.
Schweiger, who recently appeared in “The Three Musketeers,” “New Year’s Eve” and “This Means War,” is repped by Anonymous Content.
A new movie starring Scott Speedman, Treat Williams, and Evan Rachel will begin filming around New Orleanson Monday, April 9.
Though little is known about the movie, entitled Barefoot, we have heard it is a drama revolving around a patient in a psych center (Wood) and the romantic relationship she develops with a doctor (Speedman).
Barefoot, which is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana for 5 weeks, will be filming at the New Orleans International Airport on Monday.
This move seems good! Is there anyone from Louisiana here? Don’t you wanna try to catch some Evan’s photos on Monday? lol
Her other credits includeThirteen (2003), Lords of Dogtown (2005), The Nativity Story (2006) and Red Riding Hood (2011).
THR reported in February that Hardwicke is slated to direct Plush, an erotic thriller set in the Los Angeles music world. Hardwicke co-wrote the script for the project, which would star Evan Rachel Wood, whom Hardwicke directed in Thirteen. That film was controversial for its portrayal of teenage drug use and garnered for Hardwicke an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best first feature.
The director continues to be represented by CAA and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.
Manage-ment has also signed Lucy Alibar, co-writer of the Sundance Film Festival hit Beasts of The Southern Wild. The film won the festival’s narrative grand jury prize in January. Alibar co-wrote the film with director Benh Zeitlin, adapting it from Alibar’s play, Juicy And Delicious. Beasts will be released by Fox Searchlight in theaters June 29.
Alibar continues to be represented by Gersh.
I hope this means that “Plush” is on!
Seriously, could Evan Rachel Wood be any cooler? In addition to being an all-around ah-mazing actress, red carpet style star, and beauty daredevil, ERW also manages to be one helluva brand ambassador. In the sexy new Gucci Guilty Intense fragrance ads, she smolders alongside superhero hottie Chris Evans. There was so much sexiness in that one ad it felt almost NSFW. But anyway.
We had the chance to sit down the striking star to chat about her beauty philosophy, the designers she can’t get enough of right now, and why she takes olive oil baths (!!).
You’re always trying out some fab new beauty look on the red carpet — what’s your beauty philosophy?
“I just want to have fun. When makeup artists work with me, they’re always really excited, probably because I have such pale skin that you can basically do anything with it. I’m very open to trying new things and I love collaborating with makeup artists and making something that’s creative and like art. Something cool!”