character was completely, 100% me at that age,” she claims. I had never seen something that honest being done for teenagers and their parents, that wasn’t some terrible educational film. When she hooked up with Manson in 2007, the gossips started sharpening their shivs. “I was like, ‘I was cutting myself on camera at the age of 14 and making out with chicks!
“It made me laugh so hard when people were like, ‘Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson? ’” Her flickering, volatile relationship with Manson is pretty much the only reason you’ll read about Wood on “Page Six,” however.
“I had grown up around adults, but I was a teenager,” she says now, “and I was struggling between the two.” As such, many of her roles have an intentional Lolita quality, a reference that reflects back to the obsession with the Nabokov novel she’s had since she was a kid.
“My mom would say, ‘I’m not paying for home school so that you can read trash like Lolita.’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? Would you prefer I read every day, down to the sex icon’s trademark heart-shaped glasses, a come-hither accessory she has become a devoted collector of. “My apartment is covered with different kinds of heart-shaped glasses.
My goal was to bring them back.” Marilyn Manson helped her with this, not only by writing an ode to his young (then) love called “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” but by directing a controversial accompanying video where Manson and Wood erotically cavort in flagrante in a sea of crimson viscera.
(Manson has claimed that Wood’s role made her the highest-paid actress in a music video, ever.) “We just made it into something that we could be creatively fulfilled by and totally proud of, and you know, laugh about,” Wood explains with a smile. So much of it is for our own enjoyment.” In person, Wood appears as a portrait of the artist as a young Goth, albeit in high style—it’s a look that might be described as insane punk elegance. I was so happy when she was the youngest person to ever be nominated for a best actress Golden Globe, but she deserved an Oscar.” Even in less volatile roles, Wood can catch you off-guard: take her beguiling, against-type turn as a naïve, homeless Southern beauty queen in the new Woody Allen chamber comedy, . “In some scenes, she went as far as an actress could go—maybe too far.The overall effect makes her appear as an exotic manga character, although one with access to very good stylists.But while visually she might convey the dusky hauteur of a graveyard girl, Wood’s infectious charisma dispels any gloom.It was an easy choice—she could be trusted with anything.” Wood is the latest actress to receive Allen’s benediction—which didn’t do too badly, after all, for Diane Keaton, Juliette Lewis, Mira Sorvino, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.In , as a waylaid (and way-laid) Southern belle, Melody, a beauty pageant winner who “lost her virginity to the boy who caught the biggest catfish in Plackman County,” Wood is like a comedy Terminator.She blazes through Allen’s existential malaise with blonde naïveté, innocent sexuality and an omnipresent grin.“I was not surprised by Evan’s comic timing,” Allen says. She just has it built in.” Melody’s note-perfect Southern accent was built in, too.The liaison resulted in a “J” tattoo on Wood’s ankle, and some semi-permanent bad feelings.“He was shorter than me,” Wood claims, “and I have no problem saying that! There’s a diamond “for ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,’ and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond,’ which is my favorite song of all time.” There’s also an entire Edgar Allen Poe verse inked on her back.