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“Play­ing the char­ac­ter of Dolores Aber­nathy – a sur­vivor of rape and sex­ual as­sault – com­pletely changed my life. She made me ask more ques­tions,” said Evan who drew in­spi­ra­tion from her West­world char­ac­ter

LON­DON: Evan Rachel Wood has said that she drew in­spi­ra­tion from her West­world char­ac­ter Dolores Aber­nathy, when she tes­ti­fied in front of the US Congress as a sur­vivor of rape and sex­ual as­sault.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, the 30-year-old ac­tor nar­rated her story when she ap­peared be­fore the House Ju­di­ciary Sub­com­mit­tee on Crime, Ter­ror­ism, Home­land Se­cu­rity and In­ves­ti­ga­tions to tes­tify in the hope of get­ting the new Sex­ual As­sault Sur­vivors’ Bill of Rights Act passed.

Wood be­lieves it was the char­ac­ter, a life-like ro­bot kept for the en­ter­tain­ment of guests (hu­mans) in a theme park but she grad­u­ally be­comes aware of her sur­round­ings and rebels against those run­ning the park, which helped her find her voice and pro­vided her the courage to tes­tify.

“Play­ing this role com­pletely changed my life – it trans­formed me, Wood said in an in­ter­view with The Tele­graph.

“For me, West­world is about find­ing a power that you just didn’t know or be­lieve you had ac­cess to, or that you had been pro­grammed to give up. Dolores changed that for me. She made me ask more ques­tions. She made me be­lieve in my­self,” she added.

She also re­vealed that she wore a locket dur­ing her tes­ti­mony that con­tained a photo of Dolores.

“She has be­come this kind of bea­con for me, of a strength that I didn’t know I had. And some­times, when I doubt my­self, I think: ‘Dude, you’re Dolores. You’re good’. I re­ally hope she does that for other peo­ple, too,” Wood said.

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