Round Up The Cattle: Evan Rachel Wood Breaks Down Her 2003 Group Photo Shoot for Vanity Fair

From approximately 2002 to 2006, the tween/teen world was experiencing a Golden Age. From the Olsen twins general prevalence to Gilmore Girls to Amanda Bynes still being sane, it was a seemingly magical time of carefree, quality youth-oriented pop culture. But after a fan of Evan Rachel Wood’s (who had just been critically acclaimed in the indie movie, Thirteen) posted the iconic cover photo from Vanity Fair’s July 2003 issue on her Twitter account, the actress responded in a big way.

Evan Rachel Wood with Amanda Bynes and, among others
Evan Rachel Wood with Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, among others
Wood, who seems more and more comfortable with herself (just look at her latest relationship) as she grows older, broke down how it really felt to be a part of what was essentially a cattle call of starlets who were expected to wear heels and look hot. Wood stated, “I was almost in tears after this shoot. They tried that dress on me, I wasn’t comfortable but they told me there was no time ’cause everyone else took too much time with their fittings. Then I was given the choice on whether I wanted to wear flats or heels. I chose flats and was immediately handed heels and told they looked better. Then we were all lined up, stared at and approved. I was 15 and felt for the first time my identity being erased and the pressure to shut up and do what you are told. I felt like meat. Since then, I have found my voice.” Clearly.
Parody of original cover
Parody of original cover
Whether Wood’s openness about the shoot will draw out any other of the former stars and celebutantes of that moment to come forth with a response of their own remains to be seen. Though I’m sure many would love to hear Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan‘s take on the situation.