Local actress relishes ‘real-world’ roles

TV series with Anna Wood debuts tonight

By Tom Joyce - tjoyce@civitasmedia.com


With a new television show debuting tonight which features Mount Airy actress Anna Wood in its cast, Wood is excited about the opportunity to add another interesting character to her growing list of TV and movie credits.

“I don’t have a favorite role,” Wood said of a career that began in 2009 with a guest appearance on the “Royal Pains” series on the USA Network — also home to her latest project, “Falling Water,” which premieres at 10 p.m.

“My favorite thing about being an actor is the plethora of roles I get to explore,” added Wood, who got her start in local stage productions with the Surry Arts Council and Cherry Orchard Theatre. “It’s the variety of characters I get to play that makes it exciting.”

Wood’s new series, “Falling Water,” described as a supernatural drama, offered the chance to tackle a role shrouded in mystery and complexity, known simply as the Woman in Red.

“Falling Water” focuses on three people and their quest to reconnect with different loved ones in their lives. “As they start to discover clues in their dreams, they soon realize that their dreams are not their own, but rather small parts of one giant dream world we all share when we go to sleep,” Wood described.

Her character, the Woman in Red, is the love interest of one of the three main characters, Burton, played by David Ajala.

“They’ve fallen hard and fast for each other, but their relationship isn’t necessarily functional within the contexts of their real lives,” Wood explained.

“When the series starts, we see Burton struggling to define his relationship with the Woman in Red. Is being with her realistic? Is it even possible? Who is she and what role does she fill in his life?”

Tonight’s debut episode is titled “Don’t Tell Bill.” The Mount Airy actress appears in all eight episodes of “Falling Water” produced so far.

Wood, the daughter of Bert and Mary Beth Wood, received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2008 from North Carolina School of the Arts, where she also completed her high school education after transferring from Mount Airy High.

Upon graduating from college and moving to New York and later Los Angeles, the local actress landed a variety of film and TV roles.

After her initial appearance on the “Royal Pains” series, other guest roles followed on “Mad Men,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Cold Case,” “Madame Secretary,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “Deception.” Wood also had a key supporting role in the movie “Chronicle,” released in 2012.

More recently she was a regular 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.

A common denominator among her body of work involves Wood’s preference for portraying “real-world” characters.

“I also seek out jobs that communicate important themes to me — I’m very political and I take that into account as I choose my roles,” Wood mentioned.

“Is this character a strong, independent female? Does she live in a world that reflects the real world — with people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations? Is she a part of a story that will bring people together?”

Wood, who is married to actor Dane DeHaan, considers herself to be in a “lucky” place regarding her chosen field.

“I don’t like to look at my career in a big picture way,” Wood emphasized.

“That doesn’t feel present to me. I’m lucky to call myself a working actor, and I take each job as it comes; I go with the flow.”

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

TV series with Anna Wood debuts tonight

By Tom Joyce


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