A Minute With: Evan Rachel Wood on "Ides of March"

Wed Oct 5, 2011 9:15am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sex, interns, politics and backstabbing are the highly combustible elements that form the backdrop for "The Ides of March," the new political drama co-written and directed by George Clooney which opens in theaters on Friday.

Clooney also portrays an ethically-challenged governor running for president in the tale about an idealistic press spokesman (Ryan Gosling) whose clandestine affair with a sexy young intern (Evan Rachel Wood) compromises the campaign.

"Ides of March" wowed critics and fans at festivals in September, and even though Clooney tops marquees and Gosling is the key character, the plot truly revolves around the intern Molly, portrayed by Wood.

The actress, 24, who has starred in films such as "The Wrestler" and on TV's "True Blood," spoke with Reuters about "Ides" and working Clooney and Gosling.

Q: Molly's father is a big political figure and she's this very complicated mix of maturity and naivete, isn't she?

A: "Exactly, and one of my favorite characters ever. She's grown up in this political world around men, so she's not intimidated by any of them, and she throws them all off their game. She's very cool, collected and witty, but underneath she's still young, barely 20, and gets in way over her head.

Q: How much of you is in her?

A: "A lot. We're very similar. I grew up in a very male-dominated world too. I always feel like one of the guys and very un-intimidated too."   Continued...

<p>Cast member Evan Rachel Wood poses at the premiere of "The Ides of March" at the Samuel Goldwyn theatre in Beverly Hills, California September 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>