But basically the farthest I had ever been was Italy, which is not far at all.
She began acting in the 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic (1995–96) and Once and Again (1999–2002).Wood made her debut as a leading film actress at the age of nine in Digging to China (1998) and garnered acclaim for her Golden Globe-nominated role as the troubled teenager Tracy Freeland in the teen drama film Thirteen (2003).a story of a bipolar jazz musician (Michael Douglas) and his long-suffering teenage daughter, Miranda (Wood), who are reunited after his two-year stay in a mental institution and who embark on a quixotic search for Spanish treasure.One review praised Wood's performance as "excellent".Wood's first major screen role was in the low-budget 1998 film Digging to China, which also starred Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson.
The film won the Children's Jury Award at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival.
One critic commented, "Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she's impossible to hate." In Down in the Valley, which was directed by David Jacobson, Wood's character, Tobe, falls in love with an older man, a cowboy who is at odds with modern society (Edward Norton).
Of her performance, it was written that "Wood conveys every bit of the adamant certainty and aching vulnerability inherent in late adolescence." Later in 2006, Wood appeared with an all-star ensemble cast as Natalie Finch in the Golden Globe-nominated 2006 comedy-drama film Running with Scissors.
I didn't have time to really do very much last night. And then I kept getting recalls, so I kept going back to further auditions, and it was just completely mad. And then on the third one I was with Jason Isaacs, who plays Captain Hook.
And I've always liked drama; I've always found it really fun, like, I did go to drama club and things like that. I just, when the film came out I wanted to be able to say, 'Oh, yeah! ' So I went along, and I got a recall, and I was just happy. Then on the second one she gave me lines to rehearse for the next audition, so I rehearsed them and I just spoke them out. Because by that point, by the third audition, I thought 'I could have made it! I was actually in bed; because it was early in the morning and I wasn't going in to school that day because our school was closed. HURD-WOOD: Basically, my mom came in and woke me and said, 'They've made an offer!
She also returned to television, playing the supporting role of Queen Sophie-Anne on True Blood from 2009 to 2011 and playing Kate Winslet's character's daughter in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress.