EVAN RACHEL WOOD (Gabi Ibanescu) is one of the most talented young actresses of her time. She recently gained critical
acclaim and an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or
Movie" for her portrayal of Veda Pierce in the HBO miniseries MILDRED PIERCE. She also
earned acclaim for her powerful performance as Stephanie, Mickey Rourke's estranged daughter
in Darren Aronofsky's 2008 film, THE WRESTLER. A working actress since she was five,
Wood had her breakout role in 2003 with Catherine Hardwicke's controversial independent film,
THIRTEEN (2003), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a
Drama as well as a Best Actress SAG Award. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wood is the
daughter of Sara Lynn Moore, actress, director and acting coach, and Ira David Wood III, an
actor, singer, theatre director and playwright. While growing up, she was active in a regional
theatre called Theatre In the Park, directed by her father. She recently returned to this venue as
Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, directed by her brother Ira David Wood IV. She began her
professional career in 1994, acting in TV movies, including "In the Best of Families: Marriage,
Pride & Madness," "Search for Grace," "A Father for Charlie," and "Death in Small Doses."
She also had a recurring role on the series "American Gothic."
In 2010, she was seen in Robert Redford's The Conspirator in which she starred alongside
James McAvoy and Robin Wright. In 2011 she starred in the HBO miniseries adaptation of
Mildred Pierce alongside Kate Winslet. She also appeared as Queen Sophie-Ann Leclerq in the
critically acclaimed HBO show, True Blood.
Most recently, Evan starred in The Ides of March directed by and starring George Clooney. The
cast also included Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour
Hoffman. She will also star in the films Barefoot and A
Case of You. She will soon begin production on 10 Things I Hate about Life.
In 1996, Wood moved with her mother to Los Angeles. After a one season role on the drama
"Profiler," she was cast as a series regular on the award-winning series, "Once and Again," in
which she appeared for four seasons. Her first major screen role was Digging To China with
Kevin Bacon, followed by Practical Magic, with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. In 2002,
she made her teenage debut as a leading film actress in Little Secrets, and played a supporting
role in the sci-fi drama, S1m0ne, starring Al Pacino. The following year, in addition to her role
in Thirteen, Wood played the kidnapped daughter of Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones in
Ron Howard's MISSING. Her subsequent films include The Upside of Anger, Pretty
Persuasion (2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner), Down in the Valley, Running with
Scissors, and King of California. She displayed her singing talents in 2007 with her role as Lucy
in Julie Taymor's Across the Universe, set to the songs of the Beatles. She then voiced the role of
an alien in Battle for Terra, and starred opposite Uma Thurman in The Life Before Her Eyes,
before playing Stephanie in The Wrestler and Melodie in Woody Allen's Whatever Works.
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