“I feel like maybe I took a monologue class or something briefly when I was 8, but I’m not sure,” the actor says. “But it's really been life experience and learning from other actors."
Because he began in the business at such a young age, Wood says he didn't initially think of it as a career. That all changed around the time he shot the 1997 drama "The Ice Storm," directed by Ang Lee. "When I was a teenager, I think I became aware of wanting a sense of longevity, hoping for a career. It also came in line with my more sophisticated appreciation of what I was doing and a better knowledge of cinema and film," says Wood. " 'Ice Storm' had a huge impact on me. It was so different from anything I'd worked on prior. I still think it's one of the greatest movies I've ever been a part of."
Wood will appear on the cover of Back Stage, on newsstands on Thursday, June 14! Read more about the issue here.