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"I couldn't handle all the attention when I was younger, but I feel like I'm in a place where I'm not going to collapse under the pressure."Dolores, a heroine who seems poised to drop her damsel-in-distress trappings and be actually heroic (or as Wood puts it, "bad-ass"), is a different type of role for an actor whose career has largely trafficked in shock factor or subversiveness or both.
Forget the baby-blue eyes or the long-limbed gracefulness that seems very Old Hollywood and hearken instead back to 2003, when Wood's portrayal of a teenage terror in Thirteen led the better part of a generation to question whether it was a good idea to participate in the propagation of the human race.
"We are conditioned in certain ways, and it's a journey to break that conditioning, and I think that's been a lot of my journey, honestly."It also happens to be Dolores' journey, which means that the horror and chaos the character faces, the realizations she has, and the fight to escape her circumstances – which happens in her head as much as anywhere else – feel very much like Wood's.
In June, two days before the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, she woke up with "some weird premonitions, an aching in my heart to reach out to the LGBT community and share my story," which she did in a 19-minute video she posted online.
"Nearly half of bisexual women have considered or attempted suicide, they have higher rates of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, one in two bisexual women has experienced severe violence by an intimate partner," she said, rocking back and forth and peering at the camera. I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer.
"I mean, your demons never fully leave," Wood says. "You know," she continues, "I'm actually considering getting a minivan.
"But when you're using them to create something else, it almost gives them a purpose and feels like none of it was in vain. I rented one the other day, and I loved it." We're heading to a bar called Two Bits because Wood had talked up its awesomeness – "old video games, a karaoke room, shuffleboard, and everything's free!