Those who think Westworld is purely just a show about humans and robots playing cowboy and cowgirl in the comfort of an expensive theme park are sorely mistaken. While that element is certainly present in the show, some of the most intriguing storylines delve into complex social issues that could not be more relevant today. Over the first season, we see what it’s like for hosts to be dominated by their human counterparts, and towards the latter half, we witness a flip of the script as the self-conscious robots start taking the power back.
Evan Rachel Wood‘s Dolores finds herself in the middle of this revolution, assuming the role of a courageous leader as the androids take on the people who have oppressed them for so long. It seems there is no better actress than Wood to assume a role like this, not only because of her superb acting abilities, but also because of the personal experiences that have shaped her into the person she is today.
At Forbes‘ recent 30 Under 30 Summit, Wood opened up about her personal life, and how many of her experiences growing up have contributed to her Emmy-nominated Westworld performance. Since 2011, Wood has advocated for the LGBTQ community, fighting for the equality that all people deserve, and it’s clear that this passion parallels her character’s fight:
“Dolores is multifaceted; she’s obviously an artificial being but what the show explores is what consciousness is. The experiences she’s having are very real; the trauma is real; the pain is real. What’s to say her pain isn’t any different than ours?”
Along with being a champion for equal rights, Wood has been open about the fact that she was sexually assaulted when she was younger. The bravery and resilience the actor has shown to not only rebound from this horrific act, but to continue to put herself in the spotlight for millions of people to see, speaks volumes about her strength as an individual. And she finds this strength in Dolores as well. “She’s a survivor; she’s been abused for about 30 years,” says Wood. “She’s been knocked down so many times and she comes back even stronger.”
With the character now conscious and keen on exacting revenge, it’s exciting to ponder how Dolores will continue to evolve as the leader of her artificial race. Whichever way the story takes her character, there is no doubt that Wood will give another powerful and inspiring performance in the upcoming second season.
Wood also discusses why she’s decided to wear suits to red carpet events and how she fights for her fellow actors in the face of criticism. Check out her full interview, and let us know what you think!