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Article: Actress Anna Wood, wife of Valerian star, Dane Dehaan, and new mother to daughter Bowie, talks motherhood, achieving balance, and the idea of “having it all.” + UHQ Photos


How long have you been a mother?

I’ve been a mother to Bowie since April 2nd, going on six months now. But I’ve always been a mother at heart. Being a caretaker runs in my family, and I’ve just always assumed that role among my friends.

What is the best part of being a mother?

There are so many amazing parts; both big milestones and tiny magical moments. It’d be impossible to pick one best part, but among them would be the strength my daughter gives me. I’ve always been a people pleaser, often to a fault. Perhaps it’s that I am her voice now, and not just my own, and that I’m advocating for her in all I do, but she’s given me the power to speak up for myself and to be unapologetic about it. I’ve surprised myself over and over again these last several months with my honesty and confidence. She made me the bad ass I’ve been trying to be this whole time.

What is the hardest part?

It’s gotta be the sleep. Simple as that. The lack thereof. I recently wept in mourning for all the naps I opted out of before I was a mom. And even when I do get decent sleep now, I feel like it’s with one eye open, so to speak. I miss that blissful alarm-less surrender.

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made so far?

She fits into our life really well. We take her everywhere. We haven’t given up much at all yet. And we are so lucky to say that. There are days where, sure, a year ago I’d stay out at night a little longer, have that next glass of rosé… Now I see more sunrises, and drink a lot more coffee. Anything I’ve given up has really been replaced by something greater. Except for sleep. I miss sleep.

Can you have it all?

I mean, what is “it all”? You can have whatever and however much you want, if you’re willing to put in the work I suppose. For some “it all” is juggling work, family, parenthood, and self. For some it’s just rocking out motherhood and managing to keep the home running smoothly. I think having it all is keeping yourself fulfilled, outside of, or in addition to parenthood. Or hell, INSTEAD of parenthood if that’s what makes you happy. But trying to achieve perfect instagram mom status, with the gorgeous family and home, and bustling career, and precision red lipstick, is only “having it all” if you have joy and peace. I just went back to work last week, and it was hard as shit to balance spending time with my family, prepping my workload, shooting 13-16 hour days, securing childcare I can be confident in, and managing to squeeze in a shower or two along the way. But at the end of the week, I reveled in having had that outlet for my creativity, and I’ve been feeling the most like myself, and most complete, since Bowie was born.

How do you deal with expectations in your personal life?

When it comes to parenthood, we willfully tune pretty much everyone out. We didn’t let anyone know we were even on the way to the hospital. And we didn’t allow family to visit until we had gotten several days to get to know Bowie. Even then, we refused help. Part of that is outright stubbornness. But we also knew that we wanted to start a communication and intuition with this kid, free of people’s opinions or experiences. Everyone has something that works for them. We wanted to discover our parenthood ourselves.

And in your professional life?

When it comes to career, I live by the philosophy “expect the worst, hope for the best.” I mean this not in a pessimistic way, but a self-preserving way. I spent too many years thinking “this is it, my break!” or, “I work so hard karma owes me” or, “I deserve this.” Blah, blah, blah. I DO work hard and I do earn my gigs. But I’ve learned that we are trying to meld art and business in a way that isn’t always pretty, and is rarely ever fair. Nothing in this business is personal. It’s a business. As soon as you take your feelings out of the comings and goings of the business side, you can preserve them for the art. All I can do is my absolute best work. Whether I’m tall enough, or pretty enough, or in the right place at the right time has nothing to do with ME. So I’m just working on expecting my best work from myself. Because that’s all I can control. And the rest is out of my hands.

What do you think of balance? Silly question?

I think it’s worth trying to achieve. And I think the secret may be that part of finding balance is understanding that it rarely actually exists. Perhaps the most important part of balance is self-care and kindness. We are so hard on ourselves.

What keeps you up at night?

I get anxious about keeping our family together. So often projects take us around the world, and I get precious about our time as a unit. I sometimes feel like the manager of a tiny traveling circus.

What is the most important thing you can do as a mother?

Well, I think it’s different for everyone. Some of us could use more confidence. Some could use more discipline. For me, it’s about relaxing. Enjoying our time. Being present. If this baby wants to stare into my eyes, it’s dropping everything and staring back. She won’t always want to do that. So I’m soaking that up now. And relaxing into my intuition. Men and women have parented since the dawn of time. Most of them did not fuck it up. You are not going to fuck it up either. It’s a normal part of being a human. Have fun!!

What do you consider or hope to be your legacy?

For me, part of staying present is not considering these things. Easier said than done, of course. I hope that I raise a strong, confident, genuine person. I hope that to have been a good partner to Dane for all of our days. And I hope that I work enough in this business to end up in the “In Memoriam” segment at the Emmy’s the year I bite the dust.

Do you want more children?

We are living beyond day to day, more like hour to hour right now. I’m super close to my siblings so I know how important that relationship can be. I love the idea of more kids. But I also know a bunch of only children who are awesome humans. So who knows? They’ll be a time where it either feels right or it doesn’t.

Have any mother-daughter rituals been put in motion since Bowie was born?

I try and spend an hour or so each day playing music and singing for her. I play piano and guitar. I let her clang on the keys or strum the strings. She dances as soon as the music starts. I will play anything and everything, although actual children’s songs are rarely on the playlist. She likes Billy Joel, Cat Stevens, Bruno Mars, Joni Mitchell and Chopin. Working on that eclectic taste!

Most fun you have had so far as a mother?

Now that she smiles and giggles, anytime I can get her to do that, it gives me life. Seriously, bouncing her in the sky and seeing her loving the thrill is magical. But it’s the spontaneous things we stumble into that turn out the most fun. The live band that has her screaming for joy, the little toy shop where she fell head over heels in love with a mermaid doll and a peacock puppet. The fact that she is already undeniably 100% a daddy’s girl. It’s ALL so fun, and so magical, it blows my mind.


In addition to this article I’ve added the now hard to find photos from the article to the gallery in UHQ. Click below to view them.

HQ Screencaps + Stills + Interview: ‘Falling Water’ Episode 1.08 HQ Screencaps + 1.10 Stills, New Interview

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We added 41 HQ screencaps from Episode 1.08 USA’s ‘Falling Water’ to the gallery that Anna was in. I’ve also added 2 UHQ Stills from Episode 1.10 with thanks to far far away site. Enjoy. Also check out the recent Interview with Anna below in the embedded tweet

There’s a new interview with Anna about her beauty routine (including photos) below. I’ve also added the UHQ photos to the gallery.

Lastly, Congrats to both Anna and Dane on the news of expanding their family.

Photos + Videos: Anna + Dane at ‘Annual Farm Gala’, The Build Series Presents Anna Wood Discussing ‘Falling Water’

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I’ve added more than 60 UHQ Photos from Anna’s recent outings. Check them out below. Also, a huge thank you to far, far away site for the help. Also check out the complete AOL Build Chat with Anna via her embedded tweet below. Enjoy!

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 24: Dane DeHaan and Anna Wood attend first annual Farm In the City Gala at Sun West Studios, on October 24, 2016 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Anna Wood appears to promote ‘Falling Water’ during the BUILD Series at AOL HQ on November 9, 2016 in New York City.

HQ Screencaps + Still + Interview: ‘Falling Water’ Episode 1.03 HQ Screencaps + Still, 1.04 HQ Screencaps, New Interview

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We added 107 HQ screencaps from Episode 1.03 and 127 HQ Screencaps of Episode 1.04 from USA’s ‘Falling Water’ to the gallery that Anna was in. I’ve also added one UHQ Still from Episode 1.03 with thanks to far far away site. Enjoy. Also check out the recent Interview with Anna below in the embedded tweet

PHOTOS: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival – ‘Two Lovers And A Bear’ + ‘Falling Water’ UHQ Character Portrait

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I’ve added a UHQ Character still of Anna’s character Olivia in USA’s upcoming ‘Falling Water’. I’ve also added candids of Anna and Dane arriving for the TIFF and photos from the TIFF Premiere of ‘Two Lovers And A Bear’. Below you can find the caption for the photos, as well as gallery links. There’s also a link to Anna’s premiere diary on the Vogue Website.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 13-14: Actor Dane DeHaan and his wife actress Anna Wood attend the ‘Two Lovers And A Bear‘ premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at The Elgin on September 14, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. I have added HQ images to our gallery as well as Anna & Dane images of arriving in Toronto, check them out below:

‘Reckless’ Anna Wood: ‘Everyone is going to be feeling the heat’

Zap2it: How have you found speaking legalese while playing an attorney on “Reckless”?

Anna Wood: I made sure from the top of the show that anything that came out of my mouth, I knew what it meant. I feel it’s important to understand everything that’s happening and to be comfortable with it.

If you’re not comfortable, it’s distracting for the actor and for the audience. I learned so much about the way our legal system works through this project.

Zap2it: What do you think about the show’s summer scheduling?

Anna Wood: I think summer has become a venue for TV like it hasn’t been in years past, especially on Sunday nights. I know that when I’m winding down at the end of the weekend, just a really great TV show or movie is exactly what the doctor ordered.

In terms of the whole summer vibe, everyone’s going to be feeling the heat, and I think we’re bringing that to the TV screen. It’s cool to be on the same wavelength as your audience, so it’s totally appropriate and perfect for this time of year.

Zap2it: How is it for you to film the series on location in Charleston, S.C.?

Anna Wood: We have a lot of interested onlookers and enthusiastic people. Even the background actors were people who were doing it for fun, and it was nice. We were very welcomed there, we made some really good friends, and it was a very unique experience. It’s so new for them as well as for us.


Anna Wood taking ‘Reckless’ path to prime time


Though not advisable for mountain climbing or handling explosives, a young actress from Mount Airy has found that “Reckless” is the key to being part of a prime-time network television series.

“Reckless” is the title of a new show for which the pilot will debut tonight on CBS, including Anna Wood in a starring role. The program is joining the network’s schedule as a summer replacement series, but Wood is hoping it will catch on with viewers and become a long-running proposition.

If so, that will elevate Anna Wood to the rarefied air of someone from Mount Airy being a regular cast member on a network dramatic or situation comedy series — the first since some guy named Griffith did so in the 1960s.

“It’s exciting,” Wood said in a telephone interview Wednesday as she looked forward to “Reckless” hitting the airwaves. It will do so at 9 p.m. today in a one-hour time slot.

Wood explained that a long delay has occurred between the production of an initial 13 episodes of “Reckless” — described as a “sultry” crime-drama in which Wood plays Jamie Sawyer, a Northern lawyer who migrates to Charleston, S.C. — and its airing.

Shooting began in March 2013 and wrapped up last December, and in the meantime the cast and crew have waited eagerly for the series to hit CBS’ schedule.

“I feel relieved that people are finally going to get a chance to see it,” said Wood, the daughter of Bert and Mary Beth Wood and granddaughter of Mack and Dora Ann Wood of this city.

In June 2012, Wood, now 28, married Dane DeHaan, a fellow actor whose impressive list of credits includes the role of the Green Goblin/Harry Osborn in the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” released earlier this year.

Both are graduates of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Sexual Overtones

The plot line of “Reckless” concerns Wood’s character being hired to represent disgraced cop Lee Anne Marcus (portrayed by Georgina Haig) in the wake of a sex scandal involving the local police department.

Jamie finds herself facing off against handsome Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet), a newly appointed city attorney. While the sex scandal threatens to tear the city of Charleston apart, the two legal adversaries struggle to contain their attraction for each other.

Because the undercurrent of sex and violence that simmers on “Reckless” is handled tastefully, Wood says she had no misgivings about taking on such a provocative role.

“As long as it’s not gratuitous or derogatory toward women,” the actress said she has no problem with on-camera sexual situations.

“We all engage in those activities from time to time and as long as it’s not excessive or gratuitous, it just sort of helps tell the story,” Wood explained.

“Provocative, I think, is a good thing — it gets people to watch, it gets people to show up.”

After tonight’s showing of the pilot, “Reckless” is scheduled to be part of CBS’ Sunday night lineup for the duration of the 13 episodes — at least.

Grueling Schedule

Wood confirmed the challenging schedule that being a regular on a TV show can demand of its participants.

“On a good day we’d be done in 14 hours,” she said of the shooting regimen. “It could go up to 18 hours — there were a few days when we were working when the sun was rising.”

This meant arriving at 4:30 a.m. each day at the studio, where Wood would spend two hours in makeup and hairdressing sessions before production even began. “In the show, my hair is long,” said the performer who has had a shorter look previously.

Wood said lessons she learned in the close-knit, caring community of Mount Airy have carried over to her entertainment career, which before “Reckless” included other movie and TV roles.

“Mount Airy was always very supportive,” recalled Wood, who appeared in Surry Arts Council productions and attended the city’s high school before transferring to North Carolina School of the Arts. She completed her high school education there and later graduated from the Winston-Salem school with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2008.

“I had wonderful teachers and wonderful support,” Wood said of her early years in Mount Airy. “I think a big thing I took away from there is I never felt self-conscious about performing.”

Before being cast in “Reckless,” Wood’s acting credits included episodes of such TV shows as “Mad Men,” “Deception,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Royal Pains,” “Cold Case” and “Brothers & Sisters,” and the science-fiction film “Chronicle” released in 2012, among others.

Wood is now in a state of limbo concerning future projects, due to being under contract with the producers of “Reckless” to ensure that she and other performers on the show will be available for a second season if ratings are good.

“We have been on hold,” she said. But that has given Wood the chance to catch her breath and spend time in New York City, along with paying a visit to Mount Airy in May for her mom’s birthday.

“At this point in time, I’m just ready to get back to work.”

But for the purposes of “Reckless,” that will depend on what kind of audience it builds in a ratings-driven business.

“We’ll just see how many people turn out and watch the show and how many people keep watching, and tell their friends,” Wood said of the viewership situation.

“It’s kind of out of our hands now,” she added of those who have prepared the first 13 episodes for the small screen. “We’ve done our jobs and now it just comes down to who comes out to see it.”

Such uncertainties aside, how does it feel to be Anna Wood from Mount Airy at this point in time?

“You know,” she replied, “it’s hard to even answer that question, because it’s all happened so fast I haven’t had time to process how I feel about it.”


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