The bisexual TV star spoke to an enraptured audience at the North Carolina Gala for the Human Rights Campaign after being honoured with their 2017 Visibility Award on the 7 February.
Speaking honestly, Wood opened up about her life in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina where she lived as a tomboy “who happily ditched makeup for mud and ballet for a black belt”. Wood went on to explain that as she went through puberty, she began to understand her sexuality as she started to have crushes on girls in middle school.
“I felt something that I couldn’t explain. And it was something that made my throat close up and my stomach clench. Something that made my mouth go dry and my pulse race”, she said.
“And it was something so simple, yet so terrifying. I thought women were beautiful and I realised I had always thought women were beautiful.”