Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood


1/28/1981, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Birth Name

Elijah Jordan Wood


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Elijah was born the middle of three children to parents, Warren and Debbie Wood. He has a brother Zack (a video game producer) seven years his senior, as well as a younger sister Hannah (a poet and actress) 3 years younger than him. He currently resides in Venice,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

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    • Elijah: (on filming Lord of the Rings in beautiful New Zealand) There's a real purity in New Zealand that doesn't exist in the states. It's actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore. It's a unique place because it is so far away from the rest of the world. There is a sense of isolation and also being protected.

    • Elijah: I'm so honest, it gets me in trouble sometimes!

    • Elijah: If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.

    • Elijah: Those eyes! ... I've heard that my whole life. I'm actually quite blind. I wear contacts.

    • Elijah: I definitely don't look my age, So I actively look for roles that will help people change their perception of me.

    • Elijah: This is the first time I've played a fifty-year-old! (In LOTR)

    • Elijah: I credit my mom (Debbie) for creating a solid family base, She gave me a strong sense of reality so I could avoid falling into the normal pitfalls of child actors.

    • Elijah: So much time is wasted on trying to be better than others.

    • Elijah: My God! Middle Earth does exist!

    • Elijah: I think being different, being against the grain of society, is the greatest thing in the world.

    • Elijah: (About urinating in Peter Jackson's favourite fountain in Wellington, NZ) after a night out drinking: "We were walking home and saw this fountain. Dom [Dominic Monaghan] and I looked at it and he said 'We should conquer it.' Once we got to the top, what else was there to do but urinate in it?" (quoted in Melbourne, Australia), December 11, 2003)

    • Elijah: (On Lord Of The Rings) It is a long time (on the 16 months working in NZ) and the great thing is we actually became a family, and the fellowship that is represented in the film, became a real fellowship, I mean I've made some of my best friends of my life on this picture. I'm so blessed to be a part of this project.

    • Elijah: (To Conan O'Brien on female co-stars) Yeah, you know, Salma Hayek I've worked with her, Brooke Shields, I've worked with her, I have their phone numbers... and you're gonna hate me even more cuz I don't call them.

    • Elijah: I'm not a star. A star is nothing but a ball of gas!

    • Elijah: I think God gave me a talent to use for the positive and to do an horror movie would be, like, overstepping my bounds. If I was to do a horror film, I wouldn't want to be paid. It would be like a vacation, because you don't really have to use your acting skills.

    • Elijah: (On the meaning of Elijah) Isn't it funny you say that! Yeah, it does! Well, it also means 'Messenger of God,' but I believe it does mean Chosen One.

    • Elijah: My older brother told me, 'Stay away from women,' and I'm taking it to heart. I'm staying clear. It's kind of like a museum where they have those really cool paintings. They're behind the glass and you can look at them, but you can't touch them. That's what it's like with girls. I can get myself into trouble. And also it's hard because I'm an actor and girls might not like me for who I am. That's hard to deal with.

    • Elijah: (on his tatoo) My GOD! Ridiculous. I've never been in so much pain in my life.

    • Elijah: (on Frodo Baggins) Frodo has an amazing amount of trust in Gandalf, and anything that Gandalf would ask him to do, Frodo would know that it would be for the best.

    • Elijah: There were a lot of strange, new experiences for all of us in this movie, so it was just one of the many after a while. But it was certainly bizarre, especially to have a picture [taken with me and] my smaller self. I remember one day I noticed this kind of bin, and inside the bin -- I opened it up -- there were all of the Hobbit faces. And we took a picture of it, because it was so bizarre! It looked so eerie! Because nothing was filling the faces. They were just these blank expressions.

    • Elijah: I was working in Austin, Texas, on The Faculty, and that's where Harry lives, and he often visited the set because he was friends with Robert Rodriguez. And one day he came up to me, and he was like, 'Dude, they're making Lord of the Rings as a feature. You gotta play Frodo!' And the news was really exciting, but they weren't casting for it at that point. It was just kind of in the news. I first heard about it from him, [but] I actually wasn't approached to audition for it until nearly a year later.

    • Elijah: The whole anti-MP3 thing pisses me off and especially Lars Ulrich. People had the opportunity to listen to bands they'd never heard before. It was doing more good than harm but people with greed for money were trying to stop a revolution. I don't like his attitude.

    • Elijah: (On directing in the future) I haven't gotten that far yet. I want to write some things for myself as an experiment. I don't want to limit myself in saying that I want to do a particular type of thing. I am open to everything, I am just interested in that whole process of filmmaking. Lighting, the visuals really amaze me, and to plan the visuals with something profound.

    • Elijah Wood: I'm a TOY! This is the coolest thing in the world.

    • Elijah: I don't read the teen magazines. They're weird. I see headlines like "Big Blue Eyes Elijah Wood: We've Got Him!" I don't like that. It's so bubble-gummy.

    • Elijah: Marriage is way far away from me. Oh yes, oh God yes, almost definitely. Marriage is so far off, I gotta have a lot of life to live, I've gotta have a lot of things to do. Marriage is something I want to do when I am in my thirties.

    • Elijah: He is weakly, definitely weakly. Which is good, because I didn't really play anything like him before. I was very excited to mix it up and do something different. I had to play the insecure without the clichees, which all those all-type characters have connected to them. That was the challenge I and everyone else had as well.

    • Elijah: Family life has kept me going in the sense that I've been able to enjoy a normal childhood. My mom Debbie has been a constant source of support. I have an older brother, Zach, and a younger sister, Hannah, and we're a close-knit group. I have seen what can go wrong with people who start off as child stars, such as Macaulay Culkin.

    • Elijah: I think Leo is a really sweet kid... he's sort of weak and sort of insecure at the beginning. He's sort of different than everybody else, and I like that.

    • Elijah: The Hobbit feet were great initially, but the novelty did wear off. I've never worn that many prosthetics before, it was an incredible work of art, a defining feature. We started at 5am and had to stand for an hour and a half while they applied them, so we did get tired after awhile. My feet were the sweatiest so it would melt the glue and they would fall off after awhile.

    • Elijah: I enjoy writing, and I know that if I can really focus on that and get some good tuturoing in English, I can be a really good writer when I get a little older. What's more fun than that? It's creating your own world.

    • Elijah: I'm not a dark person or anything, but it would be a challenge to be someone who's messed up in the head.

    • Elijah: Kids are supposed to have fun. They're supposed to do something that they like to do, because they don't have to worry about paying the bills and things like that. I'm doing something that I like to do and I'm having fun. Acting, for me, is normal. When you're doing something that you love to do, it's almost like you've created your own little childhood. I'm not being forced into it and I'm having a great time.

    • Elijah: I'm not on drugs. I'm not an alcoholic. I've just got incredible people backing me up... I wouldn't even think about taking drugs. I think it's ridiculous! I think people are throwing their lives away. River Phoenix was such a talented actor. I would have loved to see him win an Oscar. He so deserved it. Obviously he got mixed in with the wrong crowd. That ruined him. I love life. I've always been this way.

    • Elijah: I'm kind of insane when it comes to music, a little obsessed.

    • Elijah: I had a woman breakdown and cry when she met me which was difficult to deal with because immediately when someone starts to cry, you want to comfort them, you know, "Poor thing." I comforted her. I tried to make her feel better.

    • Elijah: There's a real sense of completion now, because we can look at the entirety of the trilogy and say we've done it, our work is finished. That's a great feeling. And I think that, as it comes to a close, we look to the relationships forged in New Zealand and throughout the experience, and they will carry on. The fellowship will carry on. And that gives us great hope. Our lives will interweave forever.

    • Elijah: (was he a Tolkien fan before?) Yeah! Well, honestly, I actually had not read the book before I started. I'd read The Hobbit, and when I finished it, I bought Lord of the Rings right away. I just never got around to reading it. So, when I started this, I started reading it, just to get into it. And it's interesting, because I read the three scripts when I started, and then went back to the book.

    • Elijah: (What he admires about Frodo Baggins) I admire the fact he's inquisitive and curious and wants to experience the outside world. He learns so much from Gandalf, he's learning Elvish, and he tries to be a worldly person. I also admire that by the time he makes the decision to take the Ring, it's selfless--it's for the better of Middle Earth and the Shire. And he wants to take this journey whether he may die or not. That's an incredibly courageous and honorable decision. He's just got a spirit, you know? That's what I love about him... he's very alive and very lively.

    • Elijah: (About the makeup for becoming Frodo Baggins) Every morning, I start with about two and a half hours of makeup, which means some very early mornings. We're usually picked up around 5 a.m. I come to the set, and I get into my feet, which takes about an hour. They actually are very comfortable, thank God, but it does take a while to put them on. Initially, that was so exciting. Got the feet, got the wig and the ears. And then it was like, Ooooo-kay...I could do without this in the morning! Then I put on my wig--it's the first time I've worn a wig in a film, so that's exciting--and the [prosthetic] ears, which fit on very well, so it's cool. You feel like a hobbit. We really transform in the morning, which is neat.

    • Elijah: (after the last press junket for LOTR in New York) There's a real sense of completion now, because we can look at the entirety of the trilogy and say we've done it, our work is finished. That's a great feeling. And I think that, as it comes to a close, we look to the relationships forged in New Zealand and throughout the experience, and they will carry on. The fellowship will carry on. And that gives us great hope. Our lives will interweave forever. (December 18, 2003)

    • Elijah: (on concluding filming of LOTR) Frodo will look more haggard, but not as bad as Gollum. There is a massive transformation, but the journey should have a physical effect on him, which makes sense as I look a lot older than when I started filming. I was 18 then, and it's appropriate that he looks older too. And if I've done my job right, then you should empathize with him. When it came to the end, I was very emotional. I was heaving, I couldn't breathe, and the last bits of the movie really wrecked me. They gave each actor his own farewell, when we were back there earlier this year. You'd go on to a sound stage and Peter would make a speech about each actor and then bring in their sword and a clapperboard. It was completely overwhelming. When it came time for me to give a speech, I was so gone I just couldn't do it. I now have the ears, the feet, the sword, the Ring, and one of the maps of Middle-Earth. The whole thing has had a massive impact on us. I think Bill and Dom and I are thinking about buying a house here [in New Zealand], because we don't want to lose our connection with the country. It makes most sense to go in on a place because we could use it like a timeshare and then holiday at different times or together. But we're so lazy and completely hopeless at doing things, so it remains to be seen if it'll ever happen. (December 11, 2003)

    • Elijah: (on celebrity) I won't change and my perspective won't change. I want to continue my life the way I live it, and I'm not going to let anything stop me from doing that. It isn't all about acting. There's a lot more to life than Hollywood.

    • Elijah: (on worrying about the high expectations of Lord of the Rings fans when he was cast as Frodo) I definitely felt the pressure. I wanted to live up to all of the expectations. But when I got into costume and worked with the others, I just didn't think about it anymore.

    • Elijah: I don't know that I necessarily feel more comfortable in the context of smaller films, but I tend to feel more comfortable more often than not with the material of smaller films.

    • Elijah: I think being different, being against the grain of society, is the greatest thing in the world.

    • Elijah: (On returning to New Zealand) I will go back ... I think Bill (Billy Boyd) and Dom (Dominic Monaghan) and I are thinking of buying a house together. We don't want to lose our connection with New Zealand - I love the country and I love Wellington and I want to go back. I would love to have a place to live there if I do go back for any period of time. It would just be a time share. It makes the most sense for us to go in on a place, 'cause then we can get a great place. We could be there together and have holidays there, or if I wanted to go there and live there for a little while I could. It just kind of makes sense. Then we could rent it out when we aren't there. That's the idea, anyway.

    • Elijah: My philosophy has always been to try to put myself into roles and films that are different. That intensified after Lord of the Rings because it was so massive, but it's something I've always believed in--wanting to change people's perceptions and challenge myself as an actor.