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.”
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.