13 Things You Didn't Know About The Movie 'Thirteen'

In 2003, Fox Searchlight released Thirteen, a dark coming-of-age story about 13-year-old Tracy who begins experimenting with substances, self-harm, and more. 

The movie was written by first-time director Catherine Hardwicke and the film's co-star, Nikki Reed, who was just 14 when production began. It's based on Reed's experiences, with Evan Rachel Wood starring as Tracy, the character inspired by Reed.  

The rest of the cast of Thirteen includes Holly Hunter as Tracy's mother Melanie, whose performance earned her an Oscar nomination. All in all, the movie was a critical success, even if some producers were afraid to get involved with the controversial project. As can be expected, the creation of a project this contentious involved plenty of interesting behind the scenes moments, and some of the lesser-known bits of Thirteen trivia make the production even more captivating.