Also in 2003 she played the part of Nora Easton in the episode “Got Murder? In 2005, Wood appeared in the Mike Binder-directed The Upside of Anger, opposite Kevin Costner and Joan Allen, a well-reviewed film in which Wood played Lavender “Popeye” Wolfmeyer, one of four sisters dealing with their father’s absence. Wood’s next two starring roles were in dark independent films.In the 2005 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival nominee Pretty Persuasion, a black comedy/satirical focusing on themes of sexual harassment and discrimination in schools and attitudes about females in media and society, Wood played Kimberly Joyce, a manipulative, sexually active high-schooler.
One critic commented, “Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, Easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she’s impossible to hate.” In Down in the Valley, which was directed by David Jacobson, Wood’s character, Tobe, falls in love with an older man, a cowboy who is at odds with modern society (Edward Norton).
Of her performance, it was written that “Wood conveys every bit of the adamant certainty and aching vulnerability inherent in late adolescence.” Wood has commented on her choice of sexually themed roles, saying that she is not aiming for the “shock factor” in her film choices.
Wood played the younger version of Uma Thurman‘s character, Diana.
One critic cited her performance as “hands-down extraordinary”.
Directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Annette Bening, the film was based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs, which is a semi-autobiographical account of Burroughs’ childhood in a dysfunctional family.
Wood was awarded the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation for her performance.That same year, Wood played a supporting role in the Andrew Niccol-directed science fiction satirical drama film, S1m0ne, which starred Al Pacino.Wood’s breakthrough movie role followed with the 2003 film Thirteen.The film showed at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where she received an award at the Midnight Awards along with Elijah Wood.Wood starred in 2008’s Vadim Perelman-directed The Life Before Her Eyes, based on the Laura Kasischke novel of the same name, about the friendship of two teens of opposite character who are involved in a Columbine-like shooting incident at their school and are forced to make an impossible choice.Evan Rachel Wood (age: 30) is an American actress known for American Gothic, Once and Again, Thirteen, Across the Universe, The Wrestler, True Blood, Mildred Pierce.