It’s official now! Evan just retweeted this on her Twitter account.
Another Oscar winner is coming to HBO: Anthony Hopkins has been cast in the cable drama’s TV reboot of the sci-fi classic Westworld.
The casting will mark the first potential regular TV gig for the acclaimed Silence of the Lambs and Thor actor, and continues the trend of Academy Award winners taking small-screen roles. He will be joined in the project by actress Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again, True Blood).
No, Hopkins is not playing “the Yul Brynner role.” But the descriptions for both his character and Wood’s shed some insight into the secretive project’s storyline.
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood are set to begin work in B.C. on the feature adaptation of Jean Hegland’s acclaimed novel Into The Forest.
The movie, written and directed by Ontario’s Patricia Rozema (When Night is Falling), is scheduled to shoot from July 28 to Aug. 23 on Vancouver Island.
Into The Forest follows teen sisters Eva and Nell in the not-so-distant future as they forage through the forest that surrounds their rural home following the collapse of society.
Page, a native of Nova Scotia, is one of the producers of the Canadian film.
Just hours after the producers of 10 Things I Hate About Life went after actress Evan Rachel Wood for more $30 million for allegedly leaving their movie, the actress’ reps responded. Calling today’s lawsuit “preposterous,” Team Wood claimed this is all because the producers ran out of cash, not because the actress wouldn’t be in the film. Read the statement here:
“The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers. The production shut down in February 2013 when the producers ran out of money. Even after that, Evan agreed to resume production in Nov. 2013 by which time the producers said they would have cleared up their issues. However, the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed. Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract.”
Melanie Griffith has come on board true-crime movie “Facing the Wind” opposite Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga and Evan Rachel Wood. Joe Berlinger will direct and produce the film along with Eliza…
Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts and Evan Rachel Wood will be honorees at the 2014 Maui Film Festival, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event. The festival will be held June 4-8, 2014 at the Wailea Resort on Maui. All awards will be presented at the brand new Seaside Cinema Music Cafe and Sunset Lounge located at the Grand Wailea. Tickets and passes to tributes, films, and special events are available now.
Evan Rachel Wood arrives on the red carpet with freshly dyed locks: white with black tips. Evan’s smile is broad and white and fixed in place for the majority of our interview. A youthful Hollywood veteran, Evan Rachel Wood has mastered the art of talking through her teeth. As someone who struggles to hold a smile for longer than 60 seconds, I’m exhausted just looking at Evan’s perfect smile. I was exactly 13 when Thirteen (Evan Rachel Wood’s breakout role) hit theaters, and my perception of the world and my place in it was forever altered. I do not tell this to Evan Rachel Wood.
AE: As a bisexual, do you feel involved in and accepted by LGBTQ community?
Evan Rachel Wood: I do. I’ve certainly felt shamed by both sides at times, but for the most part the LGBTQ community has been amazing and accepting.
AE: Are you working on any new or upcoming projects?
ERW: Ellen (Page) and I are going to be working together on a movie called Into The Forest sometime this year. It takes place in the distant future, after there’s been a complete collapse of society. No gas, no running water, looting, illness…
Evan appears to be searching for the right word and I, forever the smart ass, help out.
ERW: Yeah. It’s basically about two sisters trying to survive alone in the woods. It’s kind of a thriller because they get hit with every obstacle.
AE: What are your guilty pleasures?
Evan Rachel Wood’s polished countenance finally melts into a sunny smile.
ERW: Chopped! Chopped. I can’t go to sleep without watching it. It’s an illness.
AE: What’s your pet peeve?
ERW: You know when you’re waiting for an elevator, it opens, and people get in without letting the other person out? I don’t know why, but that’s a huge pet peeve of mine. People who get in before the other people get out.
She laughs and I feel victorious.
The True Blood and Mildred Pierce star talks about her crush on Milla Jovovich, coming out as bisexual, and drinking tequila with Ellen Page.
For over a decade now, we’ve watched Evan Rachel Wood prove herself to be one of the finest actresses in Hollywood. Known for taking on more psychologically penetrating and dark roles, with her early films such as Thirteen and Down in the Valley to more recent forays into drama with Mildred Pierce and The Ides of March, what has always set Wood apart is her fearlessness in taking on a challenge and her desire to never fall into the same role twice.
Earlier this year, we saw her as an emotionally damaged Romanian musician opposite Shia Labeouf in Charlie Countryman, but with an affinity for comedy, Wood has taken on a handful of lighter roles that shed light on her ability to transform with each film. She made us laugh in Woody Allen’sWhatever Works, sang to us in Across the Universe, and now gives us another trip into cinema’s softer fare with Andrew Fleming’s Barefoot.
The film follows Jay (Scott Speedman), an indolent and indulgent black sheep of his family, who meets a young woman in a psychiatric hospital and brings her home for his brother’s wedding. Wood plays the mentally unsound patient, Daisy—a child-like woman who has been kept in isolation by her unstable mother for her entire life. But after the death of her mother, Daisy is committed to the hospital, where Jay works as a janitor. Also starring J.K. Simmons, Treat Williams, and Kate Burton the film takes a playful look at an unlikely romance between two damaged people.
Last week, I spoke with Wood about her desire for comedy in her life, the excitement of becoming another person, and taking something away with each role.
How did you come across this film and decide it was something you wanted to take on?
I’ve done a lot of really heavy dramas, and I think after a while you need a break from that—your psyche needs a break. And also, I wanted to show a different side of me, and I really wanted to do something accessible and sweet and romantic, but still off beat. So I thought this would fit that mold perfectly.
In Andrew Fleming’s Barefoot, Scott Speedman plays Jay Wheeler, the “black sheep” of a wealthy and prominent family led by Treat Williams and Kate Burton. Working at a mental health facility, Jay meets a young woman named Daisy, played by Evan Rachel Wood, who has lived her entire life in isolation. To try to convince his family that he’s finally straightened out his life, Jay takes the sheltered Daisy home for his brother’s wedding. An improbable romance blooms between the two and Daisy impresses everyone in Jay’s high-brow family with her honestly and simplicity. But, of course, the ruse is revealed and both Jay and Daisy find themselves in a lot of trouble.
Evan Rachel Wood has been doing great work since she was a little girl in TV shows such as American Gothic, Once and Again and more recently True Blood, and in movies including Thirteen, Running with Scissors, Across the Universe, The Wrestler and The Ides of March. She was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work on the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce opposite Kate Winslet. Wood received a lot of attention for her long-term relationship with rocker Marilyn Manson but she is now married to actor Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, The Fantastic Four) and they have a young child.
I spoke with Evan Rachel Wood by phone.
Danny Miller: I admire your work so much and how you don’t seem to make career decisions based on how “big” a project is or how much money you can make. How do you decide these days what kinds of movies you want to make?
Evan Rachel Wood: When I read a script, I have to get butterflies in my stomach. I have to get excited about it, I have to connect with it in some kind of fundamental way. Otherwise, I know I’ll turn into a moody artist! If I get into a situation where I don’t like what I’m doing, I’ll be miserable! It’s just not worth it to me.
Good for you — even if it sometimes makes your agents wring their hands!
It’s a blessing and a curse! I could definitely make more money. But you have to make those decisions based on what you think is going to fulfill you, especially since it takes you away from your family and your friends, and you’re going to be alone for long stretches of time. I have to really love it.
Evan Rachel Wood’s latest film, Barefoot, opens in theaters today (February 21st). This very charming romantic comedy has an unusual premise: Wood’s character, Daisy, is an escaped mental patient. She stars opposite Scott Speedman, who plays the facility’s janitor, who tries to pass her off as his nurse girlfriend to get back into his wealthy, Southern family’s good graces. For Evan Rachel Wood, who’s known for tackling heavier, dramatic roles in films such as The Wrestler, The Ides of March, or Thirteen, this is a much different character than we’re used to seeing her play, and it’s a delight to watch her having so much fun.
Wood took some time to speak with us about taking on her most broadly comic role yet, her upcoming film Into the Forest with Ellen Page, and which recent Under the Radar cover artists she’s loving right now.
Austin Trunick [Under the Radar]: Just to clarify for readers who haven’t seen Barefoot yet, you play the female lead in this romantic comedy who also happens to be an escaped mental patient…
Evan Rachel Wood: Yes. Does that sound funny? [laughs]
Meanwhile, the male lead, Scott Speedman’s character, is a huge jerk who’s going to be killed by some mobsters if he doesn’t pay back his gambling debts.
ERW: That’s so funny.
Those two are a strange mix, wouldn’t you say?
ERW: Yeah, absolutely!
Even with those dark elements mixed in, the movie’s very funny. What appealed most to you about the film? Was it your character, or maybe the unusual premise?
ERW: I did like the unusual premise, and I liked that it was a dark comedy. But also, I was looking for a really accessible, fun romantic comedy I could do. I’d been doing really heavy-hitting dramas for a while. As an actor, you don’t really want to keep doing the same things, you kind of want to show all your colors. And I think my psyche kind of needed a break from all the dark drama! So I just wanted to do something that was really fun, so that appealed to me about it; and, that it was an unconventional love story. I’m still me, and I still like unconventional things.