Elijah Wood was born and raised in Ceder Rapids, Iowa.
Wood was raised a Catholic. But we get the feeling it wasn’t an overwhelming, guilt-ridden Catholic upbringing like, say, the one Carlos Santana describes. He once said:
I was raised Catholic. Well, not that my mother wanted to make a priest out of me or anything. You could call me a Catholic light.
There’s rumor that Wood is quite devout as an adult, even reports that he prays every night. But I was unable to confirm that and given the fact that there’s very little about Catholicism–or any religion for that matter–from Wood himself, it’s a safe bet that he’s either not religious or he keeps it to himself.
Woods is clearly a liberal–and not in the “I’m a Hollywood star doing what all of the other Hollywood stars are doing” sort of way. And he might even be a bit of a populist and slightly radical.
He’s never endorsed Obama that I can see, but he did hop on Twitter to applaud the president for his stance on gay marriage, saying:
Obama announces support for same-sex marriage. Well said, sir. Equality is the key word.
Plus, he supports the legalization of marijuana. Even though he’s not a pot smoker himself, Wood said:
I think the whole notion that marijuana is illegal is past the point of ridiculousness.
More telling is Wood’s stance on government and his support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. He was a promoter for a coalition called the 99 Percent Spring which brought together a wide range of groups to train and educate tens of thousands of people to be more effective agitators. It wasn’t much of a success, apparently, and most Occupiers didn’t back the project.
Still, Woods showed his share of solidarity. Stating his stance on public protests and political statements in general, Woods said:
I always think it is important to question even your government, especially your government actually.