Only 5ft 5in tall, delicate and elfin, at 33, Wood looks as though he has been frozen in time as a 16-year-old boy. ‘Well, sometimes, I can be frustrated at the laziness of journalists who just won’t let something die. ‘I knew that I wasn’t going to have to carry the film on my shoulders. When I ask if he has ever been in therapy, he immediately replies: ‘F*** yeah. It’s not an admission that there’s something wrong, it’s an admission of vulnerability. I’d just broken up with my girlfriend of five years [Pamela Racine, his co-star in ]. Too honest.’ Did he just get bored of being the dependable, level-headed one? It allows me to deal with all the bullshit in the industry.’Wood purposely circumvents a lot of said ‘bullshit’. I wonder if he actively doesn’t date high-profile actors? It brings a certain attention I’d rather not have in my life.
He talks to Stephanie Rafanelli about shunning celebrity, DJing in East London and why he'll never be a stoner Right in the middle of interviewing Elijah Wood — reportedly one of the most charming and well-adjusted actors in Hollywood — I realise that I’m giving him an incredibly hard time. ‘The one who understood everyone’s perspective, for better or for worse.’ At four, on his mother’s suggestion, he began modelling in local shopping malls and at the age of eight, she took him to Los Angeles to a Hollywood talent scout convention where he was cast in Paula Abdul’s video ‘Forever Your Girl’, directed by David Fincher. I ask how Frodo went down with the ladies: ‘Well, I think. I didn’t get as much love as, like, an Elf perhaps, or a Gondorian.But after more than five years of relationship, Wood and Pamela split in 2010 and reason behind it is rumored to be that Wood didn’t want to settle down. Caption: Wood and Kerry Bishe were seen in November in 2012.Wood was last seen with fellow American actor, Kerry Bishe whom Wood shared the screen in the psychological thriller Grand Piano.In his screen performances, Wood has a Christ-like quality, his cornflower-blue eyes able to transmit at once anguish, stoicism and vulnerability; off screen, he has been referred to as a ‘source of genuine goodness’. A small role in the story of two dysfunctional families and the effect of their infidelities on their children. But I did OK.’The length and insular nature of the shoot allowed him to make the deep personal connections that he felt he’d missed out on as a child — he recounts tales of surfing and road trips with his co-stars Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan and Viggo Mortensen.Maybe it’s because I finally get to pick on someone my own size. ‘I don’t believe in cynicism,’ he says, a cigarette dangling from his mouth. Cynicism kills the soul and murders people’s ability to move forward.’ Come on, Elijah. I don’t know if I’m laddie in that slightly misogynistic, on-the-piss, lack of intelligence, overly masculine, gross way. Wood has had little contact with his father since, and clearly puts his mother-mentor on a pedestal. Which perhaps goes some way to explaining why, after all his public exorcising of Frodo, Wood agreed to appear in the prequel trilogy, the final part of which is out next month. There’s really nothing sexy about it.’ He has also managed to carry out his private life under the radar; his only publicly documented relationships have been with German actress Franka Potente and Racine.All of this, Wood has endured good-naturedly and politely. Despite a morning of 12 television interviews back-to-back at the Corinthia Hotel, he is still opening doors for waiters, thanking everyone and pronouncing that everything is ‘wonderful’ or ‘delightful’. Next came a decade of de-Frodification, in which Wood progressively ruptured the confines of family-friendly, big-budget fantasy, with smaller indie roles: the nerdy pervert lab technician in a bizarre BBC Three comedy in which he played a suicidal loser ‘saved’ by his friendship with his neighbour’s dog who manifests to him as a bong-smoking Australian. By the time I really needed friends my own age, I had them.’ He lights another cigarette. At its best it’s an opportunity to create great art. At its worst it can destroy and bring out the worst in people.’Our conversation turns to Robin Williams, with whom Wood worked side by side when voicing ‘The death of Robin really shocked me.’ His eyes look like giant blue marbles for a second.