Actress Evan Rachel Wood has endured an on-again, off-again relationship with rocker Marilyn Manson before it was on-again in May of 2010 … and then off-again in August of 2010. Today we get to hear from ERW about her relationship with MM in a new interview in New York magazine. According to Rachel, she lived a lot during her time with MM … but, thankfully, she managed to get out unscathed.
As every tabloid reader knows, Wood—having led the already peculiar life of a child actor—spent nearly four years, off and on, involved with the bucket-of-blood rocker Marilyn Manson, starting when she was 19 and he was 38. Their relationship sent the media into classic clucking-hen mode, airing all manner of speculation that he was controlling her, choosing her clothes and her film roles and forcing her into assorted acts of necromancy. Early last year, they announced their engagement; late last year, they ended it … Wood’s own mother was an actress who, upon divorcing her husband when Evan was 9, moved to L.A. and quit acting to become a drama coach and concentrate on her daughter’s career. During the filming of Thirteen, Wood had to banish her from the set in order to shoot some of the R-rated scenes, and when she was 18, she moved to New York to put some physical distance between them. “We had a bad breakup,” she says. “We hadn’t been apart for more than a week my whole life. We shared a room, we shared a bed. She was constantly by my side, all the time, until the minute I turned 18. I hopped on [Marilyn Manson’s] tour bus, and was like, I’m going to have an adolescence.” As mother-estrangement maneuvers go, appearing in a rock video in which you are doused in gore while making out with your goth boyfriend is hard to beat. “I didn’t really get a normal childhood,” says Wood. “Manson gave me what I felt I’d missed out on, where you get to experiment and cut loose and change and grow. I lived 50 lifetimes in those four years.” All of which now lands Wood in an unusual position: While other actresses attempt to exorcise their time in the Mickey Mouse Club by chasing down their dark sides in gritty indie dramas, Wood, whose outré credentials are unimpeachable—even she admits she’s played one too many teenagers and trash princesses—finds herself tacking toward the light. “I really want to do an adult love story,” she says.
To be honest, I never understood the relationship between ERW and MM … but hearing how dysfunctional her relationship was with her mother, it all makes total sense now. To his credit, as odd as their pairing always seemed to me, I always believed that M Manson loved Evan very much. I’ve heard MM degrade some of his other girlfriends over the years but he never really disrespected ERW, even when the couple had broken up. I guess it makes perfect sense a strained relationship with a stage mother would result in ERW’s need to find solace in the arms of a misfit like Marilyn Manson. I guess all little girls have to grow up eventually, even ones with very dysfunctional childhoods. Does this mean that ERW and MM will never get together again? Who knows … but at least know their relationship makes much more sense over all.