Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York, to Monique Moncion and Paul Wilds. He is of African American (father) and African-American, Irish, and Dominican (mother) descent. He attended Michael J. Petrides School. He started acting at age seven following in the foot steps of his older brother.
In 2005 Wilds made his Acting debut in The N Drama Mini-Series Miracle's Boys Wilds has since guest appeared on television shows such as Cold Case and Law & Order. The following year Wilds made his film debut in a bit-role in the Independent Drama film Half Nelson alongside Academy Award Nominee Ryan Gosling. Wilds has dominantly appeared in a number of music videos for Jay-Z, Lil Flip, Wale, Wynter Gordon and Alicia Keys. Most recently he made a cameo in the music video for How To Love by American Hip-Hop Rapper Lil Wayne. In 2008 Wilds appeared alongside Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere in a promotional-clip titled The Muzzler encouraging young people to vote.
In 2006 Wilds joined the HBO Drama television series The Wire in a major recurring role. Wilds portrayed the role of Michael Lee, a troubled middle school student who is living in poverty and caring for his younger brother. The Wire cast mate Jermaine Crawford is his second cousin. Wilds appeared over the course of 23-episodes. Shortly after "The Wire" ended Wilds attended an Acting workshop at The Roundabout Theater Company, in which he worked with Actress Phylicia Rashad and played the role of Brice in a stage production of Stockholm Brooklyn at the Cherry Lane Theatre. In 2007 Wilds was cast in the Fox Searchlight Pictures Drama film The Secret Life of Bees an adaptation of the novel of the same name. Production began in January 2008 in Lumberton, North Carolina with Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning confirmed to star. Wilds portrays the role of Zach Taylor the romantic interest to the Fanning's character. The film was screen in September 2008 at the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States the following month. The film received mixed reviews and grossed over $39 million worldwide.
In July 2008 Wilds was cast in The CW Teen Drama television series 90210 a spin-off to Beverly Hills, 90210. Wilds portrays the role of Dixon Wilson a teenage boy who is adopted whom moves with his family to Beverly Hills. The series premiered in September that same year to 4.65 million viewers and mixed reviews from critics. On May 3, 2012 The CW renewed the series for a fifth season.
In March 2009 Wilds was confirmed to star in the George Lucas War film Red Tails which follows the Tuskegee Airmen a group of African American United States Army Air Force (USAAF) servicemen during World War II. Ne-Yo, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. was announced to star also. Production began that same month on a $58 million budget. Eventually the film was released after numerous push-backs in January 2012 the film was finally released. The film was a failure, both critically and financially.
In July 2011 Wilds announced he had joined the Independent Drama film Indelible. The film was planned to begin filming in Upstate New York sometime in October that same year but plans never materialized. In April 2009 a trailer was filmed to promote awareness of the yet-to-be filmed film.