Actress Evan Rachel Wood Talks About Her Bisexuality and Coming Out

Evan Rachel Wood, 25, is both a role model and vocal supporter of bisexuality. “I felt like now was the time to no longer be silent about it,” she told The Daily Beast in a recent interview in reference to her coming out as bisexual in a 2011 interview with Esquire.

Wood is best known for her acting roles in “Thirteen” and “True Blood,” and is one of a few openly bisexual celebrities, including Anna Paquin and Megan Fox.

In an interview with afterellen, she explained her bisexuality to anyone who was confused:

I don’t get offended by [questions about bisexuality]. I look at it as an opportunity to educate people. A lot of times they just really don’t know a lot about it or haven’t talked to someone who is bisexual and actually get some insight into those issues. So I don’t get angry or try to fight hate with hate; I just try to educate. There are many misconceptions about bisexuality. The one thing I run into more than anything is that bisexuality isn’t real or that you’re just going through a phase or you really are just gay, you just don’t want to say it. It’s extremely hard growing up — I didn’t know bisexuality was an option growing up, because I knew I was attracted to women, but I was still attracted to men and that sent me spiraling into all kinds of — [laughs] I had no idea what I was!

Wood, who is currently married to male actor Jamie Bell and very pregnant, takes time to educate her twitter followers about bisexuality:



Excerpt from Evan Rachel Wood’s Interview with the Daily Beast:

Gay marriage is a big issue that I see you talking about a lot on Twitter.
I’m out [as a] bisexual, so I get questions and curiosity from people who don’t genuinely know and want to ask questions. People will start out not believing it and by the end of it you find that you’ve reached some kind of understanding with people—some middle ground. And then other people start talking, other people tell their stories. Even people that come out so against it, it’s very interesting for me to hear the other side.

There’s been this big sea change now with Obama endorsing gay marriage and you even have R&B singers like Frank Ocean coming out as bisexual. Back when we were kids, you never would’ve seen any of that.

Yeah! And I think part of that is just where we are. It’s become more socially acceptable. With me, the reason why I came out is because I felt like now was the time to no longer be silent about it.

Had you been reluctant to come out for a little while?

I wanted to wait for the right time and wait to have enough years under my belt where people knew that it wasn’t a phase or anything and I wasn’t doing it for attention; this is a part of who I am, and I’m old enough to really know who I am by now. And I had to wait until I told my family, too, which I was really nervous about! And I have a really chill, understanding family, too.

Wood’s interview with Chelsea Lately back in 2011