Who Is Zach Villa? Evan Rachel Wood's Fiance Is Also Her Bandmate
Congratulations are in order for Evan Rachel Wood and Zach Villa! The couple showed up to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday with silver rings on their left hands, which sparked speculation that they might be engaged. Villa and Wood were spotted holding hands on vacation together late last year, and it was clear they were a couple by December. According to People, the Westworld star was overheard introducing Villa as her fiancé on the SAGs red carpet, and her reps confirmed the engagement to Just Jared early Monday morning. It looks like a wedding is in the near future for Wood and Villa, so who is this Zach Villa character anyway?
Villa is actually Wood's bandmate; the two form the electro-pop group Rebel and a Basketcase. They released their first full length album, Rebel and a Basketcase 1, on Speakercat Records in September.
Wood and Villa met in 2015 at a John Hughes' themed cabaret in L.A., where they acted out scenes from Hughes' films while singing songs from the soundtracks, according to the bands' website. Their band name is a cute reference to The Breakfast Club, and a way to honor the beginning of their musical relationship. The band's website also notes that the two collaborated on an original song after the cabaret called "Oh Yeah", which was supposed to be a one-time project. However, they loved their musical chemistry so much they wrote an entire album together, became a band, and began dating.
The duo have always been pretty open about their relationship. The SAGs were not the first time the couple have appeared together, and the two have walked a few red carpets together. They also share plenty of cozy pics on Instagram:
According to the Rebel and a Basketcase website, Villa has a lot of musical experience. The band bio on the site describes him as a "self-taught multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, among other instruments." It's no wonder that the band only needs to be a two-piece, as both Villa and Wood are musically inclined and versatile performers. The site notes that Wood grew up performing musical theater and writing songs, and one of her breakout roles was in The Beatles' inspired musical Across the Universe.
The website also reveals that, like Wood, Villa has some acting experience. He studied acting at Juilliard, and is set to star in an upcoming musical web series Dan is Dead with Drake Bell. Yes, that Drake Bell, from Drake and Josh.
While Wood seems to have found a perfect partner in Villa, this is not her first engagement. The actor was briefly engaged to musician Marilyn Manson in 2010, and was married to Jamie Bell from 2012-2014. Bell and Wood have a son together, and seem to have split amicably.
It does, however, seem like she may have found someone super compatible. The two musicians are both politically involved, which informs their music and activism. The two posted photos from the Women's March on Washington, and have spoken out in support of women's and LGBTQ rights in interviews. And as she noted on the red carpet of this year's Golden Globes, Wood is wearing a suit to every award show this year so young women know that dresses aren't required.
Luckily, the couple also share a sense of style, and often show up to events in complimentary outfits. At Sunday's award show, Wood wore a navy velvet suit that went well with Villa's lighter blue attire. Even their haircuts matched, with swooping side parts and blonde highlights.
Clearly an eye for a great suit is just another thing this pair have in common. Let's wish them many more years of successful power-matching!