If you think Evan Rachel Wood can be brooding and passionate on screen, take that penchant for drama, triple it and multiply it by 20 to imagine her giving birth to her son at home three months ago.
"I was not in control of anything that was coming out of my mouth. You're just in so much pain. There's no filter," says Wood, 26. "Somehow I did it. I'm just glad everything went as planned. It was worth it."
As she enters this more mature, reinvigorated phase of her career, we take a look at the many faces of Wood, who's co-headlined films as varied as 2011's political dramaThe
The wife:She and actor Jamie Bell got married in October 2012, after meeting in 2005 on the Green Day video for
The mom:Wood wentau naturelwhen it came to childbirth. "No drugs. Not even an Aspirin," she says. "It was more intense than I thought it was going to be. It was the hardest thing I'd ever done. My labor was 13 hours, which was short. It came on like a freight train." She won't reveal her infant's name, but she's happy to show off photos of him - just not for publication. "I just think that some things are sacred," she says. "Kids don't have a choice. We have a choice. I want to protect him as much as possible. He's going to get attention by association, and I don't know if he'll want that." And don't even ask her about selling his baby photos. "No, no, no, no. It's weird to me," she says. "You can't invite (the attention) to your doorstep."
The actress:Somewhat ironically, the new mom earned
The chameleon:InCharlie Countryman, out now, she plays a passionate Romanian musician who gets involved with
The precocious over-achiever:Unlike so many of her peers, who were pushed into acting and are now floundering (or worse), Wood says she always had drive, ambition and focus. Nor was she ever tempted by the easy money of a kiddie series. "I was a very snobbish 12- and 13-year-old. I wanted to do serious films that mattered," she says. "My parents are both actors. They take it very seriously. It's their passion. And whenThirteencame around, that was the first time I wanted to do a film because I thought it would be a very important movie. That kind of changed everything for me."