Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood (born September 7, 1987) is an American actress and singer. She began her acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic and Once and Again. She made her debut as a leading film actress in Little Secrets (2002) and became well-known after her transition to a more adult-oriented Golden Globe-nominated role in the teen drama film Thirteen (2003).

Wood continued acting mostly in independent films, including Pretty Persuasion (2005), Down in the Valley (2006), Running with Scissors (2006), and in the big studio production Across the Universe (2007). Wood's acting has drawn critical praise, and she has been described by The Guardian newspaper as being "wise beyond her years" and as "one of the best actresses of her generation." Wood was in a relationship with singer Marilyn Manson, to whom she was engaged in 2010.

Wood has described her religion as Jewish (her mother is a convert to Judaism and her father is Christian). She briefly attended Cary Elementary, a public school in Cary, North Carolina. She was home-schooled and received her high school diploma at age 15. Wood has a black belt in taekwondo. In her early teens, she was described as "the sad, introverted teen", on which she commented: "It's just a type I enjoy playing. But I don't want to be typecast as the misery chick for the rest of my career. I guess I have to watch out for that."

Wood has described herself as being "laid-back" and "not a party girl", citing her choice to stay away from what is considered a typical Hollywood lifestyle. In 2006, Wood, who was described by The Guardian as an "Anglophile", dated her "Wake Me Up When September Ends" music video co-star, English actor Jamie Bell.She is also a friend of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In 2007, Wood's relationship with Marilyn Manson became public. 

The two met at a party at the Chateau Marmont Hotel; Wood has stated that she was attracted to Manson's frequent use of black eye liner and once described their relationship as "healthy and loving." Two portraits of Wood, painted by Manson, have been exhibited at the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art. Wood is also the inspiration behind Manson's song "Heart-Shaped Glasses", and she appeared with Manson in the song's music video. Manson has said that Wood's appearance in the film was the highest-paid music video role ever. In November 2008, Wood issued a statement saying "Manson and I both decided to take some time apart so we could concentrate on work."

After a short time together again in 2009, both Manson and Wood stated that they wanted to take a break and focus on their careers.In December 2009, Manson announced that he and Wood had gotten back together. It was reported in early January 2010 that the couple were engaged to be married.On August 17, 2010, People magazine reported that the couple had ended their engagement earlier that month.

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