Shirley Halperin
October 24, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Sources say actress Evan Rachel Wood, best known for her dramatic performances on film (Thirteen, The Upside of Anger), television (Once and Again), and as Marilyn Manson’s girlfriend (see her starring role in his steamy, slightly NSFW “Heart-Shaped Glasses” video), is close to signing a recording contract with Interscope Records, which happens to be Manson’s label. The deal is “still in negotiations,” says an insider. Look for an announcement in the coming weeks.

It seems Wood’s performance in Across the Universe (pictured), during which she took on the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” “If I Fell,” and “It Won’t Be Long,” impressed not only movie audiences but label execs. (Interscope also released the Across the Universe soundtrack, up 15 spots this week to No. 30 on the Billboard 200.) They’re betting on the 20-year-old to break free of the crossover jinx that has plagued the likes of Lindsay Lohan (also signed to a Universal subsidiary, the now dormant Casablanca). “The general buzz is that she does have a very good voice and genuinely wants to make music,” adds another source close to the situation. “You should hear her karaoke!”

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