Bryce Dallas Howard is an American film actress, director, producer, and writer. During her acting career, she has played many roles, but is perhaps best known for her breakout role in “The Village” from 2004, as well as for starring in “The Twilight Saga” movies “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” and the latest entry in Jurassic Park franchise, “Jurassic World”.
Early life of Bryce Dallas Howard
Howard was born in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 1981. Looking at her family tree, it almost as if she was predestined to be an actress. Her mother, Cheryl Howard Crew is a writer while her father, Ron Howard, is a highly successful director and an actor. Through her father, Bryce Dallas Howard is a granddaughter of actors Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard and a niece of actor Clint Howard. To top it off, her godfather is actor Henry Winkler aka. The Fonz who co-starred on sitcom “Happy Days” with her father. Bryce Dallas Howard has two younger sisters, twins Jocelyn and Paige (born 1985), and a younger brother named Reed (born 1987).
However, an interesting fact is that all of the family children were raised away from the world of show business. Their parents did not allow them access to television and encouraged outdoor activities and hobbies instead. As a result, Bryce Dallas Howard was raised in Westchester County, New York and on a farm in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Howard attended Greenwich Country Day School until 1996 and then graduating from Byram Hills High School in 1999. She studied at the New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts for three years and graduated with her BFA in Drama in 2003. She is also an alumna of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and of The Actors Center in New York City.
During her time in New York, Bryce Dallas Howard appeared in numerous plays, such as “House & Garden” at the Manhattan Theatre Club and in the critically acclaimed 2003 William Shakespeare comedy production “As You Like It” at The Public Theater where she portrayed the character of Rosalind. The latter play turned out to be a lasting success for her as she the eye of director M. Night Shyamalan. He cast her in his fantasy thriller “The Village” in 2004 without auditioning. The role brought her recognition as her performance was applauded by critics, even earning her nominations for several awards.
Following “The Village”, Bryce Dallas Howard was cast by Lars Von Trier to replace Nicole Kidman as Grace Mulligan in “Manderlay”, the 2005 sequel to “Dogville” (2003). Bryce Dallas Howard once again reunited with Shyamalan for the 2006 fantasy film “Lady in the Water”, in which she acts as Story, a type of water nymph. Next, she once again portrayed Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh’s 2006 film version of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008. The same year, she wrote and directed her first short film called “Orchids”.
She received her first blockbuster role in 2007, starring as Gwen Stacy in “Spider-Man 3”. The actress followed it with another blockbuster movie, “Terminator Salvation”. Soon, she starred as the lead character for the first time in “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” in 2009 before landing the part of Victoria in the “Twilight” series’ third installment “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, replacing Rachelle Lefevre. In December 2009, she was cast in Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter”, playing a love interest for Matt Damon’s character.
In 2011, she appeared in two movies. First one was “The Help”, a movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 best-selling novel of the same name. She received critical acclaim for her performance and was nominated for many Best Supporting Actress Awards. Brye Dallas Howard had a supporting role opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the cancer dramedy “50/50”, which was based on a true story. She continued with work in short movies by producing, acting and directing them before landing a leading role in “Jurassic World” in 2015. Howard played park’s operations manager Claire Dearing, opposite Chris Pratt. She voiced the character in two Lego video games based on the movie, before starring in the remake of the 1977 film “Pete’s Dragon” and appearing in the drama “Gold” in 2016.
Bryce Dallas Howard is married to fellow actor Seth Gabel. The two met at the NYU and dated for five years before marrying. The have a son named Theodore, born in 2007, and a daughter named Beatrice, born in 2012.
Howard is 5′ 7″ (1.7 m) tall and is a known existentialist. She is close friends with Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst, and Jake Gyllenhaal. She has never consumed alcohol and does not intend to and spend her free time writing. Her trademark is red hair.
What’s she doing now
Bryce Dallas Howard signed on to reprise her role in the sequel to “Jurassic World”. The sequel is untitled as of now and has entered in pre-production. With a projected release date in summer 2018, it will be some time before we see Bryce in the dinosaur surroundings again. In the meantime, she will serve as a head judge at the 2nd Annual Moet Moment Film Festival which takes place this month. For now, she seems to be focusing on spending more time with her family and taking work slowly.
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