Evan Rachel Wood confesses bisexuality in Esquire: The Jolie is strong in this one


Evan Rachel Wood is profiled in the new issue of Esquire – these are some of the photos from the shoot. You can read the whole piece, and see the full shoot here. I tend to think that they’re trying too hard to tart her up, but eh, what are going to do? It’s a men’s magazine, and ERW is a sexy girl. In true Esquire fashion, you have to wade through some artsy crap to get any morsels of interest. Here are some of the highlights:

ERW on death: She’s already written a will, she says. And she’s made plans to have her ashes dispersed across the world, including in her native Raleigh — in a field next to the theater run by her father — and Paris’s Luxembourg Gardens, which she used to visit with her onetime boyfriend, the actor Jamie Bell. The song playing at her funeral will be Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.”

On tattoos: She’s consecrated both the Floyd song and the ex-boyfriend in ink, as tattoos: a diamond on her right ankle and a “J” on her left ankle. She has nine tattoos in total. [She also has] a Shel Silverstein drawing of a candle on her back… and the word “unless,” from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, on her ribs. (The Edgar Allan Poe verse on her back just below her neck was chronologically plausible but covered up anyway.)

ERW on her reputation as a wild child: “I don’t know!” she says, laughing. “I’m constantly changing, I’m constantly growing. I think I’m a little controversial? … I just try and keep some mystery, so hopefully people can’t really put their finger on it.”

The art of crying on film: She dismisses this skill as “part of the job description,” like a basketball player’s ability to sink free throws. When shooting The Life Before Her Eyes, her director once dared her to shed a single tear out of a single eye as soon as he called “Action.” She obliged, on cue. A half-court buzzer-beater. “I was a teenager in Hollywood with a divorced family — there’s gonna be pain there,” she says. “I’ve got plenty to draw from.”

On androgyny: “I grew up in love with David Bowie.” (She has a tattoo on her upper thigh to prove it, a heart with an Aladdin Sane lightning bolt.) “So I was always into very androgynous things. Guys, girls … I’m into androgyny in general.” She says this helps explain the appeal of her ex Marilyn Manson. “I think one of the things that freaked people out so much is that we looked so different.”

On Marilyn Manson: If Evan Rachel Wood represents America’s rebellious teenage daughter, Manson represents the forty-year-old goth in a band down the road she would date just to spite us. They broke off their engagement in August. The inevitable residual tattoos: Behind her right ear, the number “15,” a significant one for the two of them. Behind her left, something that looks like a heart combined with an infinity symbol. “You know, ‘Forever Love,’ ” she explains. “Whatever.”

Moving to New York, looking for a new relationship: The end of Wood’s cinematic adolescence will be marked by her first adult role, in George Clooney’s upcoming political film, The Ides of March, due out in the fall. It will also be marked by a move to New York City. She says she’s feeling free and genuinely happy these days. “I’m up for anything. Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl…” This is the third such hint in the conversation, after that androgyny comment and saying she’d “marry” her Mildred Pierce costar Kate Winslet if she could.

On dating women: “Yes,” she says proudly, as if she was waiting to be asked. Do you look for different things in men than in women? “Yeah, I’m more kind of like the guy when it comes to girls. I’m the dominant one.” It’s with women, she says, that her inner North Carolina gentleman comes out: “I’m opening the doors, I’m buying dinner. Yeah, I’m romantic.”

[From Esquire]

So she dates ladies. If this was one year ago, I might just dismiss ERW as some Megan Fox-esque tartlet, desperate for attention and willing to play the bisexual card. But… but… but… I don’t know. Evan seems to be highly respected by many big Hollywood people, and her career continues to flourish and grow. I think she’s actually got chops and a really huge, interesting career ahead of her. And I know I shouldn’t say this but… I think out of all of the young girls trying to be the next Angelina Jolie, ERW might actually get there. The Jolie is strong in this one.

In other ERW news, over the weekend I saw The Conspirator, and ERW was one of the best parts of a halfway decent movie. James McAvoy was a ginger-bearded dream, of course, and Robin Wright was solid. Evan really impressed me, though – she really can cry really, really well on film. She’s a shockingly good actress. There were two miscasts though: Alexis Bledel and Justin Long. It was so bizarre to see both of them in period costume. Ugh.


Esquire photos courtesy of Esquire online.


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  1. Oi says:

    Sorry, but much like Anna Paquin’s admission, this gets a big almost sarcastic, ‘yeah sure good for you.’ I’m not trying to degrade bisexuality in the real world, but I can’t take most of the H’wood starlets seriously about it. Its not edgy or controversial anymore unless your a man.

  2. Shay says:

    I wonder how much cigarette companies pay for this type of indirect advertising.

  3. Marjalane says:

    Blech. ERW makes me shudder. Not sure if she and the Gosdong have any good smut scenes in Clooney’s movie, but it’s going to be tough to watch my beloved if they do. And it’s not the bisexuality that skeeves me out, it’s the Manson association.

  4. Jules says:

    Isn’t claiming to be bisexual so 2009? Boring.

  5. Tanya says:

    I think she’s a talented actress, but something about her rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it’s just her youthful sense of ‘worldliness’, maybe it’s something else all together… Still, it will be interesting to see how she turns out.

  6. You don't say says:

    Smoking cigarettes and being bisexual does not make you edgy anymore. That is so 20th Century and done by others already–Madonna, Jolie and probably a few more. Now both Earth Mothers. Her “admission” seems rather calculated at best and she seems to try and make a very serious subject “trendy”, which it is not. Starlets should try being themselves and be famous for their talent, though in Hollywood, it seems you did need a gimmick to succeed, especially if you are female.

  7. jinni says:

    The fact that she keeps hinting about it throughout the interview makes the admission seem so calculating.

    Personally, I’m just tried of all these starlets doing interviews with sexed up photo shoots for these guy mags claiming that they’re bi. I feel like their only admitting to being bi because they think it will turn on the 18-35 yr old male demographic that read these mags. It doesn’t seem genuine and makes other people treat non-famous bi people as if they’re liars or just trying to get attention/be different.

    It’s stuff like this that stop bisexuality from being taken seriously.

  8. Marie says:

    Dude, have you seen her in ‘Thirteen’? I’ve never had a doubt bout her being talented

  9. Roma says:

    It’s strange, I really love ERW’s acting but can’t stand her in True Blood. I’m not sure if it’s a case of her being miscast but she just doesn’t click for me.

  10. Janna says:

    All celebutards and poptarts are bisexual. It’s the cool thing. Yawn. Very few of them will be true bisexuals I have a stunning friend who is bisexual and has had relationships with both, but as she got older has geared more towards men, but still fantasizes about women. But I know so many girls in college that barely experimented so they could say they had been with a girl. Yawn.

    I just saw her in that Mildred Pierce HBO miniseries. Excellent acting.

  11. danielle says:

    Don’t like those photos.

  12. liz says:

    she’s a great actress, so I can’t completely dislike her. great portrayal in Mildred Pierce.

  13. GQ says:

    I like her, but not these photos

  14. tracking says:

    Very talented but very young–too strong a whiff of ‘try hard’ at the moment.

  15. Lucy says:

    #2,4,6, and 7: I completely agree with what you said. I am not shocked about anything that comes from Hollywood land, I don’t think it’s trendy and they should focus on their acting.
    These days, I would be shocked if someone in Hollywood said He/ She is totally straight… Anyway…
    I liked her in thirteen, but I never watched true blood.

  16. Ari says:

    @Marie yes she was fantastic in Thirteen…much older than her years which to me is not surprising that people seems so turned off by someone so young whose vibe is much much older (and slightly cooler lol) I think she is gorgeous, talented and I dont really care if she like men or women or both – bully for her

  17. Hakura says:

    As others have pointed out, I really do think her ‘admission’ of bisexuality was a card she intended to play for attention. But that isn’t anywhere near as taboo as it used to be. I think she’s beautiful, but…( God help me, I know, but) I feel like *she* could be a puddle of HIV.

    Re: Death – Ashes scattered all over the world…Could send someone into bankruptcy just trying to follow her ‘final wish’.

  18. kazoo says:

    there’s something about her look that just screams trailer trash & cheap to me. i don’t mind her as an actress, though.

  19. sisi says:

    ugh, bad hair job, underwear, ‘edgyness’, smoking, finger in mouth to seem sexy; these photo’s seem a Lindsay Lohan imitation

  20. Ell says:

    Her acting blew me away in Once and Again, she was 12 years old and could break your heart with a look.

    I think its a bit of a stretch to compare her to Jolie. Angelina career is centres around charity work and image. Evan is a naturally talented actor. Jolie isn’t hailed for her acting skills i.e. Alexander.

    I like Evan’s honesty, maybe she wants to be seen in public with girlfriends and prefers to out herself than have some seedy mag writing about her love life.

  21. babaloo says:

    Seriously tired of the smoking thing. Why do photographers think sticking a cig in the models face to be arty or whatever? It’s just gross. I think this chick is basically trashy.

  22. xxodettexx says:

    eh, i know many hate her but i like her… she keeps her interviews interesting and like you point out, she can back it up with her acting resume… my fav part:

    Behind her left, something that looks like a heart combined with an infinity symbol. “You know, ‘Forever Love,’ ” she explains. “Whatever.” ["whatever" indeed!]

  23. koala says:

    i like her. she seems cool and real.

  24. koala says:

    hey laurie smith: you’re an old hag. men like YOUNGER women.

  25. tapioca says:

    Isn’t this the girl who did the Marilyn Manson Heart-Shaped Glasses video, in which she simulated sex with the guy covered in fake blood? I’m guessing she quite likes the media attention and the controversy, so I wouldn’t put it past her to use a claim of bisexuality to the same end. Which is a shame, because she’s got the acting chops to get by on talent alone.

  26. TG says:

    @Roma – I agree with you about her in True Blood. I like her in other movies but like you said she is terrible in TB or it might just be she is miscast. I think many other TB fans agree with your sentiment.

    And anyone who gets a tattoo of a boyfriend is just plain stupid in my book.

  27. junipergreen says:

    I can’t put my finger on why, but I don’t buy it. I don’t think she’s ever been on a date with a woman at all. I get the feeling she said what she said so people think she’s risque and so she appears hot or whatever. I don’t buy it. She doesn’t sound real about it at all. It sounds cliched.

    The comparison to Jolie is odd. Many, MANY women are bisexual. How does that make her like Jolie? It’s not a characteristic that makes either of them unique.

  28. Amanda says:

    I loved her in The Wrestler. I didn’t care for her in Mildred Pierce. She is painfully, dramatically skin in Mildred Pierce. I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything else. I’m ehh about her.

  29. lady of the lake says:

    She was extremely miscast in True Blood – and her performance suffered for it

  30. buckley says:

    I loved her in Once and Again, and recently I thought she was great in Mildred Pierce.

  31. Celebs.com says:

    She and Dita Von T have the best skin. But if the only way to get such skin is by dorking Marilyn Manson, NO THANK YOU.

  32. nicole says:

    UGH. Aside from style stalking dita, she just tries way too hard.

  33. Zoe says:

    She was asked about her sexuality so she talked about it. Is the point of her saying it to make her more ‘controversial or edgy’? People are who they are, others attach their own meanings to that. As for the person who said she is a puddle of HIV – you are a jerk. Being bisexual doesn’t mean you are riddled with STD’s or a slut. I’m bisexual, monogamous, and I’ve had very limited sex partners, have always been cautious, and have avoided any STD’s. I really hate bisexual stereotypes and the BS starlets are given when they answer a question truthfully. Why would she lie about this? She already has a career. There’s nothing in it for her to go there.

  34. lolalola says:

    Snore. She is SO BAD in True Blood I don’t know why she is in it at all.

  35. MrsOdie2 says:

    #8, I agree with everything you wrote.

    I think a lot of women claim to be bisexual because they have aesthetic attractions to other women, and they can kiss and cuddle them and enjoy that. But like a character said on “Sex and the City,” “That’s all very nice, but if you don’t e** ****y, you’re not a dyke.” The character was a lesbian, by the way, so it isn’t a slur. Not to be too crass, but if you’re not willing to get in there, you’re not a true bisexual. Taking a woman to dinner and holding doors open for her and kissing other girls to titillate men does not a bisexual make.

    Starlets who claim to be bisexual, but really aren’t or haven’t been in sexual relationships (not just flirtations) with same sex partners do not help true bisexuals get respect. Even many in the gay community do not welcome or accept bisexuals. Didn’t they have a total bi-bashing episode of Glee? EVEN GLEE doesn’t respect bisexuals!

    But I have no reason NOT to believe her.

  36. Anti-icon says:

    She’s a mystery. She is a good actress, but if I were her agent, I’d tell her to refrain from discussing her own personal sexuality. But, I’m not her agent, and she’s an “edgy” starlet. We’ll see how this whole “bisexual” announcement works out for her. (Not that I think in general people should deny their sexual identity…just in public, for your profession, it’s NOT REQUIRED.)

  37. Hakura says:

    @Zoe“As for the person who said she is a puddle of HIV – you are a jerk. Being bisexual doesn’t mean you are riddled with STD’s or a slut.”

    You misunderstood what I was saying.

    I meant she looks ‘trashy’ (which would be the case whether she was straight, gay OR bi.) in this shoot. My opinion had absolutely nothing to do with her sexual orientation.

    The comment about Glee mentioned a ‘puddle of HIV’ (which I spoke against in comment). Others have described some celebs on this site as looking like you could get an STD just being in the same room. The use of the word ‘HIV’ was only in reference to yesterday’s Glee comment, meant to be a dig, not an insult. I’m the last person who would be intentionally offense about such a thing.

    As to the starlets who talk about being bisexual: It became a big ‘fad’ in the last couple years for girls to *claim* they were bisexual, just to get attention for it. (To make them look taboo or edgy by making out with another girl, only to be after male attention.)

    It would get a celebrity a lot of press to claim she is. That’s why people aren’t quick to believe such an admission.

    Lastly, I’m most certainly not a jerk.

  38. 4Real says:

    I really don’t care but MILDRED PIERCE SUCKED!

  39. almond says:

    She is as old as I am and yet she seems so sticky and spent. At 24 one should still look young and fresh. She looks… yuchy. And she seems terribly impressed with herself and not at all subtle in the hinting towards her sexual preferences. Why do those even have to be discussed in an interview? Aren’t they personal matters, which have nothing to do with her professional life?

  40. Hakura says:

    @Almond“She is as old as I am and yet she seems so sticky and spent. At 24 one should still look young and fresh. She looks… yuchy.”

    THIS is what I was trying to explain in my earlier comment to Zoe. Perhaps the use of the Glee referenced “Puddle of HIV” was a bad word choice, but she just looks trashy/slimey in these pictures.

    That was my point in the ‘puddle’ comment.

  41. Evelyn says:

    I know most of you guys don’t, but I like her. She seems cool and fun. Also I admire the fact that she’s very got and she’s thin but she looks healthy

  42. Cherry Rose says:

    Hm, I find this funny. There was a quote a few years back from Evan Rachel Wood stating she was not bisexual, but if she found a woman attractive, she would let the woman know that she was pretty. But as far as saying she’d have sex with a woman, she said she wouldn’t.

    Funny how things have changed. I’m bisexual, and while I’m pretty open to sexuality, I do have my limits on if you truly are attracted to the same gender.

    I know plenty of straight women and men who’ve had sex with their same gender, and yet are completely straight.

    For me, to truly be bisexual, you not only have to be able to date a person of the same gender long-term, but also have to be able to have sex with them. If you can’t do both, then most likely you aren’t bisexual.

    It drives me crazy when I try to date a girl who says she’s bisexual, but only claims she is in order to seem “edgy” or “hardcore”. >.<

    Oh, and Evan is no Angelina Jolie. Jolie was naturally a wild child from the beginning. Evan is not.

  43. Camille says:

    I like her. She’s gorgeous and does have talent.
    Now that I have read this interview and your write up, I agree with you Kaiser, she is very Jolie’esque.

  44. Runs with Scissors says:

    I don’t like casting actors who brag that they can cry on command. I find it a bit creepy and disingenuous and always worry that that will come across on film. She is a pretty good actor though. I like Jenna Malone better.

  45. Trillion says:

    I’m with Oi on this. When a MAN says he’s bisexual, I’ll sit up and take notice. And pray for details and dimensions, thankyouverymuch. As for us girls, well, aren’t we ALL bisexual? It’s just a matter of degrees and opportunities, JMHO.

  46. Lara says:

    @ Ell: “Evan is a naturally talented actor. Jolie isn’t hailed for her acting skills i.e. Alexander.”

    Yeah, I guess the Academy awards and her other awards and nominations aren’t considered a sign of good acting. You get those awards because those people think you suck. It’s obvious that Jolie has hits and misses as an actress, but when you say that she isn’t “hailed for her acting,” then you are wrong, because she has been hailed for her acting MANY MANY times.

  47. Becky says:

    I agree 100% with @April (#8).

    While I think ERW is an excellent actress, I found this interview (along with the photos-please, aren’t we done with the “sexy smoking” thing by now?) very annoying and cliched.

  48. Ro says:

    I agree with Roma–I like ERW in almost anything, but I really didn’t like her in True Blood.

    I also mostly agree with Trillion, and kind of appreciate that viewpoint. I don’t see why people would approach most girl who think they could be bisexual with a snide disdain (excluding Tila Tequila and the like). I don’t see why it should be surprising that so many women in a contemporary context would consider themselves possibly bisexual. We’re overexposed to images of sexualized women in advertisements and on the Internet almost constantly.

    And seeing people talk about bisexual “posers” is getting so old. Considering what I already mentioned, is it at all surprising that some women would be confused?

  49. Myra says:

    True or not, attention-seeking or not, she talks about it casually and there probably won’t be any negative consequences. If Kristen Stewart finds out about this I wonder if she’ll be seething.

  50. Liana says:

    I like Evan. She’s always come across to me as genuine and she’s a pro on set. No diva behaviors with her.

  51. Jenna says:

    everyone is bisexual these days.

  52. Jamie says:

    Alexis Bledel and Justin Long in period costume? Okay yeah, that IS bizarre.

    1, neither do I. I never have.

    2, completely agreed.

    4, same here. The Manson association is what skeeves me out as well.

    19, I don’t find her attractive, but I do feel like she could be a puddle of HIV as well.

    35, I don’t think she was implying she was a puddle of HIV because of being bisexual. It was due to the fact that this chick is known for sleeping around.

    47, I’m not. But, that’s just me.

  53. hunker says:

    But at least Alexis Bledel is a million times “classier” than this bixexual poser/wannabe.

  54. Rachel() says:

    Love her! But…maybe trying too hard?

  55. Cirque28 says:

    I would really like these photos if they didn’t say ‘Esquire’ on every one of ‘em and if she didn’t have big blonde Playboy bunny hair. It doesn’t fit, IMO. And the cigarettes are dumb, but at least not so incongruous.

    Basically, I just want this underwear. And the stockings. And the shoes.

  56. harfang says:

    You may have a point about the next-Jolie thing. And I ~adored~ her in True Blood. She was sublime. But seriously, at this point in our sociological progression, a woman that age being into girls could mean anything from “I’ve got a tongue better than Gene Simmons’ and I’m about to go whip it out on three ladies one after the other back at my place” to “I love my girlfriends emotionally so much that I think I might be que’er” to “I make out with this one girl sometimes. When I am drunk. And only on weekends. Sometimes we actually open our mouths when we kiss.”

  57. Hakura says:

    A little late getting back to this thread. xD But.

    Though I’ve had a few opportunities with friends who were, I know that I (personally) am not bisexual

    I can *definitely* recognize & appreciate when another woman is beautiful or sexy, & when their personality is attractive.

    I just don’t feel ‘sexually’ interested. (I’d be asking her for advice/where she got her shoes, instead of for a date. xD) But as before, definitely not because I think there’s anything wrong with being bi, or just sexually open minded.

  58. TheRealityCheck says:

    I loved ERW in “Thirteen” and on “Once and Again”, but these days she is just boring. Her tour de force performance in “Thirteen” should have won her more awards.

    However, her personality is very boring and cliche. She is trying too hard to be different, edgy and “indie”. Evan is a great actress, but when it comes to personality and style ERW is NOT Dita Von Teese, Christina Ricci, and Zooey Deschenal.

    The “bisexual smoker” trend is so 2009, and ERW WILL NEVER BE AS COOL AS CHLOE SEVIGNY!