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Evan Rachel Wood Returns to Instagram and Makes an Interesting Admission of Drug Use as a "Child"

On April 24th 2024, Evan Rachel Wood deactivated her Instagram, as previously reported , and remained completely away from the public eye until she reactivated her Instagram account on June 11th 2024, nearly two months later. Whether she did this merely to take a break or not is unknown, though I explored some possible explanations in my previous post. However, it does seem like it is interesting timing that she did return when she did. Here are a few reasons why. First, the day prior to her return, on June 10th, it was widely reported that Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman were returning for a long-awaited Practical Magic sequel, and that Akiva Goldsman, one of the writers behind the original, will pen the screenplay. In the original 1998 film, Evan Rachel Wood plays Kylie Owens, the daughter of Sandra Bullock's character, and it has long been speculated that if there was a sequel, then it would focus on the daughters, especially Evan's character. And if there has been one mo

Evan Rachel Wood's "Comeback" Story

Today, March 31st, is the final performance for Evan Rachel Wood as Audrey in the Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, and to announce her final performance and bid farewell Evan shared some final thoughts with us on Instagram. 

In her message, she tells us how it was a childhood dream of hers to perform on stage in New York, but then her "life was derailed by trauma and tragedy, and it seemed my dreams were stolen." What exactly is she referring to here?

The first time Evan was offered to perform on a New York stage was for the 2011 Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but because it was delayed it created a scheduling conflict for Evan, so she bowed out in March 2010, which was a few months into her engagement with Marilyn Manson. Is Evan now blaming Manson for stealing her dream?
Her second chance to star on a New York stage came 14 years later with Little Shop of Horrors, and in between that time Evan has starred in a number of movies, a successful television show, and even other stage productions, including her stage performances with her bands, among other things, keeping herself very busy. Nothing seems to have derailed her dreams from being fulfilled except perhaps for opportunities.
"I clawed my way out and made it back to where I belong. Don't ever give up. You can come back and take your place in the light," says Evan. What does this all mean?

The way I see it, today is Easter, and what Evan (despite claiming to be Jewish) is trying to do is spin the narrative of her personal story to fit a resurrection drama. Evan was crucified, left for dead, but has now come back to life after fulfilling her childhood dream despite all obstacles. And who crucified her? It was Marilyn Manson.

The photo choice is deliberate. It depicts Evan as Audrey with physical signs of being abused by her boyfriend, and she sings the signature song of the play, "Somewhere That's Green", where she sings of her longing to escape her abusive boyfriend and find true love.

I know Seymour's the greatest
But I'm dating a semi-sadist So I've got a black eye And my arm's in a cast. 
Evan desperately wants her own comeback story, especially now that Marilyn Manson, with the announcement of his return to the stage this summer, is getting headlines for his comeback. The problem is, Evan doesn't have a comeback story. This is the first time we are hearing that "trauma and tragedy" derailed her life to such an extent that it prevented her from fulfilling her childhood dream. This is the first time we ever heard that her "dreams were stolen". 

It seems to me that Evan performing eight shows a week for the past few months has made her a bit hyper-dramatic and delusional. Nothing in Evan's past suggests her life was ever derailed or her dreams were stolen. Evan stepped down from Spider-Man in 2010 because the show was delayed and she had a scheduling conflict. In fact, she stepped down along with her co-star Alan Cumming, who gave the same reason. So we know Manson was not responsible for the loss of that role. And there is no indication that she tried to get another role on a New York stage. What it does appear like is Evan trying to steal Manson's spotlight from his very real comeback, and that perhaps Evan may have taken this role specifically to boost her abuse narrative to help garner sympathy as a victim and make herself appear as a survivor.
This could also be a setup for Evan's future. As far as we know, she is still set to co-star along with Amanda Seyfried in what will likely be Evan's first Broadway production, Thelma & Louise: The Musical. It is not yet known when this will take place.