Local actress has role in new TV series

By Tom Joyce - tjoyce@civitasmedia.com


While much of the entertainment-related attention this week locally is on “The Andy Griffith Show” due to Mayberry Days, another acting talent from Mount Airy is keeping her name in the spotlight.

Anna Wood soon will be appearing in a new television series, “Falling Water,” which has been added to the USA Network lineup.

Although the show makes its official debut on Oct. 13 at 10 p.m., a sneak preview of “Falling Water” was featured Wednesday night on the cable channel.

The program is described as a supernatural drama that focuses on three strangers who realize they are experiencing separate parts of the same dream. As they explore further, the trio begins to understand that the meaning behind this is much larger than their own personal quests and in fact the future of the world lies in their hands.

Wood portrays a character known as the Woman in Red, a mysterious figure who has a romantic relationship with one of the three “dreamers,” according to promotional material for the series.

She has appeared in all eight episodes of “Falling Water” produced so far.

Wood, 30, is the daughter of Bert and Mary Beth Wood of Mount Airy.

“I often get asked when Anna’s next show is coming,” her father related this week in reference to a string of television and movie credits she’s amassed since graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts in 2008.

Wood received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Winston-Salem school, where she also completed her high school education after transferring from Mount Airy High.

During a past interview, Wood praised early experiences in local theater productions for aiding her career path in the acting world.

Biographical information released by the USA Network in the wake of her latest role notes that Wood first set foot on a stage at age 7 in a production of “Peter Pan.” At 18, she starred in and directed a play “Out of Gas on Lovers Leap” at Frank Levering’s Cherry Orchard Theatre in Ararat, Virginia.

After graduating from college and moving to New York and later Los Angeles, the local actress landed a variety of film and TV roles, initially a guest appearance on the “Royal Pains” series.

Wood also has guest-starred on “Mad Men,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Cold Case,” “Madame Secretary,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “Deception,” in addition to having a key supporting role in the movie “Chronicle.”

More recently she had a lead role on “Reckless,” a 2014 TV series on the CBS network, and appeared in three episodes of a Kevin Bacon series on Fox, “The Following,” in 2015.

Before her latest series, Wood guest-starred in an episode of “The Good Wife” in 2015 on CBS.

Wood, who married actor Dane DeHaan in 2012, divides her time between Los Angeles and New York, according to bio information for “Falling Water.”

It adds that she often can be found practicing on the guitar and piano along with a new instrument she has taken up which is reminiscent of her Surry County roots, the mandolin.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.


By Tom Joyce


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