Evan Rachel Wood was branded a ''whore'' when she started dating Marilyn Manson.

The 'Westworld' actress was just 19 when she started dating the 'Dope Show' rocker in 2006, a year after they first met, and she bore the brunt of criticism after he split from wife Dita Von Teese, with many blaming her for the breakdown of their two-year marriage.

She recalled: ''Most teenagers are searching for identity, and I was thrown into a situation where I was supposed to have that already figured out.

''Then you're demonised for figuring it out and getting messy. People would call me a whore when I walked down the street, and you can't not be hurt by that.''

Evan was attracted to Manson - who is 17 years older than her - because of the ''danger and excitement'' he brought into her life, and she wanted to go on a ''crazy journey'' to find herself.

She told Rolling Stone magazine: ''I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgments.

''And I was craving danger and excitement. I looked at my mother one day and said, 'Mom, I'm gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself, and if people aren't OK with that, I'm sorry, but I can't live my life for other people.' ''

The couple got engaged in 2010 but went their separate ways later that year.

The 'Wrestler' actress - who has a three-year-old son with her ex-husband Jamie Bell - began her career when she was just eight years old but her breakthrough role came in 'Thirteen' when she was just 14 and she admits she wasn't best equipped to cope with life in the spotlight at such a young age.

She said: ''I was shy and insecure. Any child actor will tell you that you don't have a lot of the tools or the experience to combat a lot of the criticism or very adult situations being thrown at you.''