She became known in , after the release of the film Thirteen , directed by Catherine Hardwicke, for which she was credited with Hardwicke as a co-writer of the screenplay, and in which she played a lead role. They finished the script for the semi-autobiographical film Thirteen in six days, a relatively short time. The film starring Evan Rachel Wood was released in to positive reviews, gaining Reed some recognition in Hollywood as both a screenwriter and an Actress. Reed has repeatedly been cast as sexually advanced, precocious teenagers, including her character in Lords of Dogtown , also directed by Hardwicke. In early , she appeared on the series The O. Reed later appeared on The O.