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Evan Rachel Wood Opens Up About Dating Marilyn Manson at 18

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Evan Rachel Wood has been earning acclaim for her film and TV work since she was a child actress in the mid 1990s, but she’s recently hit a new level of fame with her lead role on HBO’s Westworld as free-thinking robot Dolores. As such, a new Rolling Stone interview with Wood in part reexamines her past life in Hollywood — including her controversial relationship at 18 with Marilyn Manson, who was then 36.

Wood says she first met Marilyn Manson at L.A.’s Chateau Marmont, back when he was still married to burlesque star Dita Von Teese. They began dating and Wood then starred in his video for the song “Heart-Shaped Glasses” (you know, like the ones that belonged to fictional jailbait Lolita’s?) in which the couple made out under a shower of blood. To then-teenaged Evan Rachel Wood, this was just romance on top of romance.

“I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgments,” Wood says of their relationship’s beginnings. “And I was craving danger and excitement. I looked at my mother one day and said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself, and if people aren’t OK with that, I’m sorry, but I can’t live my life for other people.'”

Wood eventually learned that “people” indeed found her union with a makeup-caked rock star twice her age, well, gross.

“Most teenagers are searching for identity, and I was thrown into a situation where I was supposed to have that already figured out,” the Thirteen star said. “Then you’re demonized for figuring it out and getting messy. People would call me a whore when I walked down the street, and you can’t not be hurt by that.”

Wood also told Rolling Stone that she was attracted to Manson’s androgyny, and came out as bisexual in 2011.

Dita Von Teese blames the demise of her marriage to Marilyn Manson not on Evan Rachel Wood, but on the decision to get married at all.

“I was with him for seven years, we were married for only a year,” Von Teese told Khloe Kardashian on the now-canceled show Kocktails With Khloe. “I feel like getting married was sort of like the kiss of death for us because it was sort of like the nail in the coffin. I felt kind of obliged to go through with the ceremony in a way.”

Read Evan Rachel Wood’s full interview over at Rolling Stone

 

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