“I have really pale, sensitive skin, so I need to wear sunscreen everyday–at least SPF 60—and I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 60. I found that exfoliation helps me because I also have very acne-prone skin, so I’ll exfoliate in the morning. I try to do peels once a week—there’s this pumpkin peel that’s amazing, and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is really good, too. I also try to change up the products I use, being really careful about reading the ingredients and seeing what reacts well and what doesn’t. Growing up, I was the worst with picking this and that and over-medicating. But at the end of the day, I’ve learned to just leave it the hell alone! It’s like quitting smoking…if you can get through that first day where you want to pop the pimple and you don’t, it’ll be worth it the next day.
I like to keep my makeup really simple, because I have to have a lot of makeup on when I’m shooting. I love Stila’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer that I’ve been using. It’s also a skin corrector so it kind of gives you this glow and it’s not full, full coverage, but I like that. You’ve gotta let your skin breathe!
My hair is simple. I cut it five years ago and I’ve never gone back. If it starts to hit my neck, I freak out. It’s hard for me to imagine it any other way now. I guess I’ve sort of become one of those people who swears by short hair.
When I’m traveling or flying, I’ll try to stick with green tea instead of coffee because coffee will dehydrate you really easily. I drink a lot of water. And I take chlorophyll. It looks like squid ink, but you put a few drops in your water, especially when you’re flying, and it just helps to pump oxygen into your blood and skin. It definitely works! I also use Aquaphor or Papaw to hydrate my skin.
I’m very active on Twitter. It took me a while, but now I’m really into it. I’ve met a lot of artists on Twitter that I look up to and collaborate with, and I stay more up to date with news. I think it’s a really awesome tool and I feel more educated with it. If you do have a platform or cause you feel really passionate about, it’s such a great place to say exactly what you want to say and it doesn’t get taken out of context or warped... You can word it the way you want. I get into debates, but I never try to insult or make anyone feel dumb for having an opinion. I just want people to start talking to each other. In an open forum like that you would think that you’d get more hate mail, but it’s actually very positive.
As for projects, shooting the Gucci fragrance campaign was a blast. I started working with them six years ago, and Gucci Guilty Black has really evolved into all these different amazing styles and eras—and now we’re on to the new one. Chris Evans and I had such a good time. And I’m also really proud of my [latest] project Into The Forest with Ellen Page—it’s a dramatic thriller-post-apocalyptic drama, not the ones you’re used to with zombies or whatever. It’s a very realistic portrayal of two sisters that have kind of lost everything through the collapse of society. They live out in the middle of nowhere, so it’s just about their survival story and how it affects their relationship and their sanity. I think me and Ellen are on top of our acting games in it…if you like good acting and proper strong roles for women, then you’ll like it.”
—as told to ITG
Evan Rachel Wood photographed by Nikko La Mere in Los Angeles. Interview by Alyssa Reeder.