Bryce Dallas Howard, biography, news, photos
Name: Bryce Dallas Howard
Birth date: 2 of March 1981 (38 y.o.)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Birth Sign: Pisces
Chinese zodiac: Rooster
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Bryce Dallas Howard’s Biography
Bryce Dallas Howard is a popular American actress who was nominated for the Golden Globe Award in 2008. She can masterfully play nice charming characters and exceptional villains equally well.
Bryce Howard was born in sunny Los Angeles and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. The future actress’s destiny was defined from the start: her father is the world-class director Ron Howard (the creator of A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code), and her mother is the writer and actress Cheryl Howard. Nevertheless, the parents put every effort into keeping little Bryce, her sisters and brother away from show business. The girl went to an ordinary school in Greenwich under the name Bryce Dallas, so that she wouldn’t be seen only as the daughter of Howard.
However, the Howards’ children often played extras in their father’s movies; Bryce even played episodic roles in Ron’s comedy Parenthood, starring Steve Martin, and in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. In the ninth grade she performed in the school musical Guys and Dolls and in the vaudeville show I Am Woman.
After graduating from Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York in 1999, Howard attended the performing arts camp Stagedoor Manor with one of her close friends, actress Natalie Portman.
Howard complimented her education with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama. In the same year the actress was lucky to take part in the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities. Thus, the young actress’s rise to stardom began in Broadway; she started receiving invitations to play lead roles in productions based on plays by Bernard Shaw and Anton Chekhov.
Bryce first played in front of the camera in 2004 on the set of the comedy drama Book of Love starring Simon Baker. The emerging actress played a secondary role in the movie, but at this stage her talent was already appreciated by many directors.
The famous mystic film director M. Night Shyamalan had recognized Bryce’s talent even earlier, when he saw her on the Broadway stage. As a result, he invited the actress to play the lead role in his thriller The Village (2004) without any auditioning. In the movie Bryce plays an unusual blind girl who falls in love with the main character - played by Joaquin Phoenix - and leaves her sectarian village to follow him. The actress played the role very well and earned an MTV Award nomination in the category Best Breakthrough Performance.
In the same year, the popular Danish director Lars von Trier chose Bryce to replace Nicole Kidman in the sequel of his drama Dogville – the movie Manderlay - starring the famous actor Willem Dafoe. This was a rather complicated and exhausting role for the actress; she had to get completely undressed for one of the scenes. In 2006 Bryce continued working with Shyamalan and played the lead role in his moving fantasy film Lady in the Water.
Howard’s next success was her role in Kenneth Branagh’s comedy drama As You Like It (2006) based on Shakespeare’s play; Bryce was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role as Rosalinda in the movie. The actress co-starred with Romola Garai and Alfred Molina.
Bryce’s other breakthrough was her role as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 (2007) where she co-starred with Tobey Maguire. This role brought Bryce her first big fee of $1 million.
In 2008 Howard played the lead role in the drama The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond; her character is a spoiled rich girl who falls in love with a poor guy played by Chris Evans. This role was followed by other big projects, such as Terminator: Salvation (2009) starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington; The Twilight Saga: Eclipse starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson; and Clint Eastwood’s drama Hereafter (2010) starring Matt Damon.
Howard’s winning ticket was her role in the drama The Help (2011) where she played an aristocrat spoiled by money and status. Her partners in the movie were Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain. Bryce was even nominated for an MTV Award in the category Best On-Screen Dirtbag; and together, all three actresses received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Howard’s other small but spectacular role is the one in Jonathan Levine’s drama 50/50 (2011), where the actress plays the main character’s girlfriend, who leaves him after finding out he has cancer.
In 2012 the actress played in the final instalment of the popular drama The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. The next wave of popularity hit the actress in 2015 after the release of the science fiction thriller Jurassic World; the writing of the movie script was closely monitored by Steven Spielberg himself. Bryce co-starred with Chris Pratt.
One of Howard’s best TV-projects is the British series Black Mirror; the actress played the lead role in one of the third season’s episodes. The episode describes the near future when a person’s social status is estimated by others through a mobile app. Bryce’s character uses all possible means to raise her status in order to move into an elite housing complex.
Bryce Dallas Howard’s Personal Life
In 2001 Howard, still a student, met actor Seth Gabel. They shared a common interest in the world of cinema and soon started a relationship; the couple got married in 2006. Their first child - a son named Theodor - was born in the winter of 2007; their daughter Beatrice Jean was born in the winter of 2012.
It is worth mentioning that the actress became a vegan during the shooting of The Village movie, after her co-actor - Joaquin Phoenix - showed her the movie Earthlings about animal cruelty. In the summer of 2006, due to her pregnancy, the actress had to adjust her diet and start eating dairy products. Later, she decided to start eating meat again.
Bryce Dallas Now
In 2016 Bryce Dallas brilliantly played the role of the wife of an opportunist, played by Matthew McConaughey in the criminal drama Gold. In the same year David Lowery’s family fantasy movie Pete’s Dragon was released, starring Bryce Howard and Robert Redford.
In the spring of 2018 the next instalment of the Jurassic World franchise came out, where Bryce co-starrs with Chris Pratt and Rafe Spall. Despite the fact that this second instalment received lukewarm support from audiences (unlike the first movie), the film-makers have already announced the beginning of the shooting of the third instalment.
The actress spends her spare time with her children; the family resides in Los Angeles.
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