Wood continued acting mostly in independent films, including Pretty Persuasion (2005), Down in the Valley (2006), Running with Scissors (2006), and in the big studio production Across the Universe (2007).
Since 2008, Wood has appeared in more mainstream films, including The Wrestler (2008), Whatever Works (2009) and The Ides of March (2011).
Wood and her brothers were actively involved in Theatre in the Park while growing up, including an appearance by her in the 1987 production of her father's musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol when she was just a few months old.
Subsequently, she played the Ghost of Christmas Past in several productions at the theater, and she later starred as Helen Keller alongside her mother (who played Anne Sullivan) in a production of The Miracle Worker, under her father's direction.
He picks her up and brings her flowers, says no roommate talk, and they share what their secret moves are when they go on dates.Her personal life, particularly her relationship with Marilyn Manson, to whom she was previously engaged, has attracted press attention.Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a locally prominent actor, singer, theater director, playwright, and from a Christian family; he is the Executive Director of a local regional theatre company called Theatre in the Park. 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 eleven in Digging to China (1998) and garnered acclaim for her Golden Globe-nominated role as the troubled, drug-addicted teenager Tracy Freeland in the teen drama film Thirteen (2003).Joey buys two armchairs and a big screen TV and they never want to get up from the armchairs again.