Evan Rachel Wood demonstrated her versatility with two roles on HBO projects that could make her a double nominee at this year’s Emmys. She guested on the drama series “True Blood” as the vampire queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq and featured in the miniseries “Mildred Pierce” as the title character’s spoilt daughter Veda.
That remake of the 1945 Best Picture contender is a frontrunner in the newly combined TV Movie/Miniseries category. Oscar champ Kate Winslet (“The Reader“) took on the role that won Joan Crawford her only Academy Award. Ann Blyth, who played Veda, a would-be opera singer, lost the Best Supporting Actress race to Anne Revere (“National Velvet”).
Wood recalled her first encounter with Winslet, telling Gold Derby senior editors Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria, “When I first met her I [remember that] I teared up riding the elevator [to meet with her].” She wryly admitted that after two months of preparation for the part, she was, “practically listening to opera in my sleep! … It was intense!”
To play a vampire on “True Blood,” Wood revealed, “it’s difficult to pull that stuff off [though], as you don’t take into consideration [things like] ‘should I be breathing?’ and ‘how would a 300 year-old vampire react to this?'” She says she is most recognized for this role, usually with comments along the lines of, “Oh my God! There’s the Queen!”
Wood also reminisced about working on the acclaimed series “Once and Again” (1999 – 2002) alongside “incredible teachers” Emmy champ Sela Ward and Billy Campbell. And she recalled the awards attention she received back in 2003 for “Thirteen.” She lost the Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress to eventual Oscar champ Charlize Theron (“Monster”) and her SAG supporting bid to Renee Zellweger (“Cold Mountain”) who also went on to win the Oscar.
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