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Elijah Wood Writes About His 'Mindblowing' First Trip To Los Angeles On Reddit AMA

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In case there was any doubt, Elijah Wood confirmed on a recent AMA Reddit thread that he is one of the chillest bros in Hollywood.

One redditor told him "I love you," and he wrote right back, "I love you, too." He admitted that he doesn't feel like it's all that weird acting with a human in a dog costume: "Seeing Jason in the costume is so normal now, that sometimes I forget that it might appear odd to the outside world. There's a part of Wilfred that is real to me, I think." Wood wrote that he loves trying out new restaurants and crate-digging when he travels. Plenty of redditors shared their near-brushes with Elijah Wood, and one shared this an amazing photo of Wood from Comic-Con.

He wrote about his first life-altering and "mindblowing" trip from Iowa to Los Angeles:

I was probably 5 years old when my mother saw a commercial on television, and she had this thought that it would be fun for me to do commercials, because I had (and have) a lot of energy. She felt like it was a good outlet for me. So (this was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) - there really wasn't much of an outlet for that kind of vocation, so she enrolled me in a modeling school that had an acting element to it. I ended up doing some local runway modeling... to make a long story short, the school ended up taking some of its clients out to California for the International Modeling & Talent Convention. So my brother (who's seven years older than me - he was already doing drama and musicals in school) and I went out to that together - it was my first time to Los Angeles, which was mindblowing. I remember being fascinated by the palm trees from the plane as we were landing.
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He met his manager when a man stopped him in the lobby of the Biltmore hotel and asked him if he wanted to get into acting. His first job included a Paula Abdul music video, for "Forever Your Girl" directed by David Fincher. Even though he's been acting ever since, he says he still gets nervous at auditions.One redditor asked him if he'd ever dealt with depression. Even though Wood's answer was no, it was frank and sensitive and everything an AMA answer should be:

I can't say that I've dealt with depression, because I think that's a really heavy thing, and I think that people sometimes use that word really lightly in reference to being blue or depressed. So no, I've not dealt with depression, but I deal with anxiety on a minor level. It's something that I've had most of my life, and it never manifests on an uncontrollable level with panic attacks, it's just more reflective of a sensitivity to everything around me. Most of the time, I just accept it or try to understand what I'm feeling anxious about, and work through it - sometimes if I'm nervous, I talk about it, and that helps. You know, all you can do is sort of ride it out, because sometimes it has a mind of its own. Also I tell myself that it's manifested out of my mind and emotions - I think a real understanding that I came to about anxiety specifically is created by what you're sort of unconciously telling yourself.

Wood says he's often mistaken for Daniel Radcliffe or Tobey Maguire. His favorite movie happens to sound a lot like Wilfred: Harvey (1950) stars Jimmy Stewart as a man who happens to have an invisible friend that looks like a human-sized rabbit.Since he loves collecting records so much, he offered some music recommendations:

Tame Impala - LONERISM
The Brand New Wayo compilation
The new Boards of Canada record
Obviously, the new Daft Punk record RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES
The Orb and Lee Scratch Perry released an album together

He said he likes coffee ice cream, so we came up with a couple recommendations of our own: Neveux Artisan Creamery has a delicious version and so does Carmela Ice Cream. And we've heard that Mashti Malone's has a bittersweet Turkish Coffee flavor that's pretty tasty.