Evan Rachel Wood has had some pretty demanding roles, but her latest in the upcoming HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce might be the most uncomfortable to date.
Evan plays Mildred's daughter Veda in which she'll have a full frontal nudity scene. For the first time she talked about shooting the scene that made her feel uncomfortable until she received some advice from fellow actress Kate Winslet who plays Mildred.
“I was a lot more nervous than I thought I was going to be."
“I hadn’t made my mind up if I was going to go full until we were rehearsing, and I was talking to Todd [Haynes, the series' writer and director] – like ‘What do you think?’ – and he was like, ‘I think we’re going to be chickening out if we don’t just go for it.’”
At a New York press event for the miniseries, a retelling of the classic James M. Cain novel, Wood told us she credits Winslet, who famously bared all in “The Reader,” for giving her the courage to strip. “I looked at Kate and she was like, ‘You’ve got to do it. Trust me, it’s so brave. Put a merkin on and you’ll be fine.’” A merkin? “Let’s just say, I had to wear a wig because it was in the 30s, and everything had to look like it was in the 30s,” explained Wood with a laugh.
Sounds like good advice to us..
Mildred Pierce premieres Sunday, March 27 on HBO at 9PM.