Daughter of Ira David Wood III and Sara Wood.
Younger sister of Ira David Wood IV and Dana Wood.
Trained in dance. She loves to sing, swim, rollerblade, and go horseback riding.
She has a black belt in tae kwon do.
Has kept in touch with most of her Once and Again (1999) castmates: Mischa Barton, Julia Whelan, and Shane West.
Sings two songs on the "School's Out" Christmas album: "Christmas Isn't Christmas" and "Silver and Gold".
Niece of Carol Winstead Wood.
Was originally set to play Terri in Raise Your Voice (2004), but dropped out due to production changes. Hilary Duff was then cast as her replacement.
Got her high school diploma at the age of 15.
Parents divorced in 1997.
Attended junior high school in the San Fernando Valley but left because she disliked the social environment of high school. She was then home-schooled.
Lost out on the role of Claudia in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) to Kirsten Dunst.
Featured in the Miu Miu ad campaign, alongside Selma Blair and Lou Doillon.
Is actually older than Brady Corbet, who played her older brother in Thirteen (2003).
Her favorite actress is Cate Blanchett.
In 2003, Vogue Magazine named her one of the "It Girls of Hollywood."
Met her husband Jamie Bell at Sundance Film Festival. While dating, they went on to shoot Green Day's music video for "Wake Me Up When September Ends", where they play a couple.
Her favorite actor is Gene Wilder.
Is close with the cast of Thirteen (2003) and still remains in touch with them.
Her hero is Charles Chaplin.
Wood says that her character in Across the Universe (2007), whom she describes as an "old soul, street smart and ahead of her time", is close to her real-life personality. Wood also describes herself as being "laid back" and "not a party girl", citing her choice to stay away from what is considered a typical Hollywood lifestyle.
She has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry. Her father is from a Christian background and her mother, who is also originally from a Christian family, is a convert to Judaism.
Divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.
Became the highest paid actress in music video history for her appearance in boyfriend Marilyn Manson's video for "Heart-Shaped Glasses".
 Was ranked #7 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actress list.
Hates her middle name, Rachel, but kept it in her stage name so casting directors wouldn't confuse her gender.
 Ranked #1 in Venus Zine's 25 Under 25 ladies list.
Was originally cast in Sucker Punch (2011), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with True Blood (2008).
Was in consideration for the role of Joan Jett in The Runaways (2010), but Kristen Stewart was cast, instead.
The face of Gucci's Guilty campaign (2010).
Ranked #31 in the 2011 Maxim list "Hot 100" women.
Is just 12 years younger than Kate Winslet, who played her mother on Mildred Pierce (2011).
Has a son, Jack Matfin Bell (b. July 29, 2013), with her ex-husband Jamie Bell.
Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her son Jack to begin filming 10 Things I Hate About Life (2014).
Younger sister is Aden Rose ( Elins).
Turned down a major role in Mean Girls (2004) as she'd already committed to the lead in Pretty Persuasion (2005), a film with a similar plot.
A survivor of a double rape and severe physical abuse, she was one of 3 women giving evidence to the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. in support of the "Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights Act" [February 2018].
A lifelong avid fan of David Bowie, she had the privilege of performing some of his songs with original Bowie band members (Mike Garson) Mike Garson (piano), (Gerry Leonard) Gerry Leonard (bass), (Earl Slick) Earl Slick (guitar), during a posthumous Bowie tribute concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles (February 2018).
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Dolores Abernathy in Westworld (2016), but lost to Claire Foy from The Crown (2016).
Committed suicide attempt when she was 22 as she battled PTSD caused by multiple rapes and a severely abusive relationship that went on for years. She later checked herself into psychiatric hospital.