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“Holy crap...I don't ever want a daughter. Ever. Please, Lord, just give me boys.”

It takes a pretty powerful movie to make someone think or say words like that. Even though I was single and having kids wasn't even a distant blue or pink speck on the horizon back in 2003, I repeated those words in my head every time I even heard the name Evan Rachel Wood. Her Thirteen was all sorts of things when it came out: scary, eye-opening, awesome, and pretty damned edgy, considering it depicted thirteen-year-old girls doing drugs, stealing, punching each other, and even making out.

Wood's life following Thirteen was fairly edgy as well. Marriage, divorce, motherhood, coming out as bisexual, plenty of rumors about her dating life, and even an engagement with Marilyn Manson.

Isn't that about as edgy as a girl can get?

Seeing how the actress just celebrated her 29th birthday last week, and Thirteen turns, well, thirteen next week, this week seems like a good time to see what Wood's been doing since then! Let's see what Miss Wood has been up to in her career.

Forest, Meet Wood...Wood, Forest.

Between 2003 and 2008, the three highest-grossing movies that Evan starred in were Thirteen, Across the Universe, and The Wrestler, where she played the daughter of Mickey Rourke's title character. Personally, I'd been hoping to see her in something that came close to the intensity of those movies, and a few years later, she did it.

In 2015, she and Ellen Page starred in Into the Forest, a movie that starts out with a seemingly simple blown fuse-induced power outage, but it turns out everything else is blown, as well. Civilization, cell phones (GASP!), and their food supply are all gone, or close to it, so they have to learn how to survive the hard way.

Check out the live Facebook interview that Movie Pilot did with Wood and Page before the film's release:

Television Work And The Small Screen

Evan shines pretty bright on the small screen, as well. My wife and I pointed at the TV and said something about that lady looking familiar when we first saw her play Sophie-Anne Leclerq on True Blood. Remember her going out in style on that inexplicably addictive show?

HBO's Westworld And The Future

The best news for fans of Miss Wood and the HBO's new show Westworld is that you can have them both at the same time! She stars as the main lady in the show, Delores Abernathy. Westworld is based on a 1973 film of the same name that was written and directed by Michael Crichton. Wood will star alongside Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, and James Marsden, among others, so I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this show is going to ROCK.

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Along with the in front of camera talent, the series will boast J.J. Abrams as one of its executive producers, along with Jonathan Nolan directing and producing, and even a writing credit going to Marvel alum Ed Brubaker. With those big names alone, how could you not be excited for October 2 when it hits HBO? Get a preview of the awesome futuristic western theme park goodness:

Enough Business, What About Her Personal Life?

From her on-off relationship with and marriage to/divorce from Jamie Bell (I still love watching them Green Day's “Wake Me Up When September Ends” music video), to the Marilyn Manson days during her and Bell's off time, Wood has had quite the romantic adventure in Hollywood. At times, she's also had to deal with the usual rumor mill that comes with being a celebrity. Remember the story about her and Michelle Rodriguez?

This was after she came out as bisexual on Twitter back in 2012:

Since then, besides her and Bell marrying and having a child together before sadly splitting up, her personal life has been fairly quiet. I'm gonna go out on yet another limb, and assume she's just fine with that. In an interview with Us Magazine last year, she said her life as a single mom kept her busy in her off time.

Be sure and catch Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld, coming to HBO on October 2!


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