Also in 2003 she played the part of Nora Easton in the episode “Got Murder? In 2005, Wood appeared in the Mike Binder-directed The Upside of Anger, opposite Kevin Costner and Joan Allen, a well-reviewed film in which Wood played Lavender “Popeye” Wolfmeyer, one of four sisters dealing with their father’s absence. Wood’s next two starring roles were in dark independent films.In the 2005 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival nominee Pretty Persuasion, a black comedy/satirical focusing on themes of sexual harassment and discrimination in schools and attitudes about females in media and society, Wood played Kimberly Joyce, a manipulative, sexually active high-schooler.
Wood made her teenage debut as a leading film Actress in 2002’s Little Secrets, directed by Blair Treu, where she played aspiring 14-year-old concert violinist Emily Lindstrom.
For that role, she was nominated for Best Leading Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards.
The film showed at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where she received an award at the Midnight Awards along with Elijah Wood.
Wood starred in 2008’s Vadim Perelman-directed The Life Before Her Eyes, based on the Laura Kasischke novel of the same name, about the friendship of two teens of opposite character who are involved in a Columbine-like shooting incident at their school and are forced to make an impossible choice.
Directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Annette Bening, the film was based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs, which is a semi-autobiographical account of Burroughs’ childhood in a dysfunctional family.