Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie-Anne in True Blood © HBO
True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has talked about how she wants to help end the stigma about bisexuality.
Attending an event hosted by Linda Perry at Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center earlier this month, she talked to reporters about why she decided to come out publicly as bi in 2012.
She told Gay Star News: “There’s this weird stigma about it and I’m hoping to kind of end that because soooooooo many people are bisexual.
“There are many of them out there.”
Recalling her childhood, she said: “I remember growing up not knowing [being attracted to girls and boys] was a thing, feeling very confused, feeling very alone.
“So that is one of the reasons why I came out publicly, to help another struggling 12 year old who is terrified – just to let them know it’s okay and that it is very real. Your trials and tribulations are just as real as anybody elses.”
Wood was a child star in ABC’s Once and Again, and starred in films such as Thirteen, Practical Magic, Digging to China and Little Secrets.
She went on to star as lesbian vampire queen Sophia-Anne in True Blood, and had major roles in the films The Wrestler and The Ides of March. She also earned an Emmy nomination for her performance in the HBO min-iseries Mildred Pierce.
Wood revealed that after coming out publicly as bi, she was shocked by the lack of acceptance there is, even within the LGBTI community, of bisexual people.
She said: “I certainly felt shamed from both sides. I want to end that. You should be who you are and proud.”