Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard

Howard in 2010
Born (1981-03-02) March 2, 1981
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress, director, writer
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Seth Gabel (m. 2006)
Children 2

Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American film actress, director, producer, and writer. Howard attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but would ultimately leave before graduating to take on roles on broadway. During a performance of “As You Like it” where Bryce portrayed Rosalind, she caught the attention of director M. Night Shyamalan, and he cast her in what would be her breakout film, the psychological thriller "The Village" (2004) and then in the fantasy thriller "Lady in the Water" (2006). Her performance in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of "As You Like It" (2006), earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2006, she co-wrote and directed the short film Orchids.

Howard became more recognizable to audiences as Victoria in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010). This project, as well as "Terminator Salvation" (2009), was financially successful, but both films garnered mixed reviews from the press. In 2011, she had supporting roles in "50/50" and "The Help". She also played a lead role, Claire Dearing, in the science fiction adventure film "Jurassic World" (2015), the fourth installment in the "Jurassic Park" film series and her most financially successful film to date. In 2016 she signed on to reprise her role in the sequel to "Jurassic World".

Early life

Howard was born in Los Angeles, California, to writer Cheryl Howard Crew (née Alley)[1] and actor-director Ron Howard, on March 2, 1981.[2] She has two younger sisters, twins Jocelyn and Paige (born 1985), and a younger brother named Reed (born 1987).[2] Through her father, she is a granddaughter of actors Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard and a niece of actor Clint Howard.[2] Her godfather is actor Henry Winkler,[3] who co-starred on Happy Days with her father.[4]

She has two younger sisters, twins Jocelyn and Paige (born 1985), and a younger brother named Reed (born 1987). All of the Howard children were raised away from the world of show business. Their parents did not allow them access to television[4] and instead encouraged outdoor activities and hobbies. At the age of 7, however, she was allowed to be an extra in her father's movies. In an appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, she mentioned that she and her siblings were babysat by family friend "Tom Cruise" on several occasions. She was raised in Westchester County, New York and on a farm in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Howard attended Stagedoor Manor, a performing arts camp in upstate New York, with actress Natalie Portman.[2] After attending Greenwich Country Day School until 1996[5][6] and then graduating from Byram Hills High School in 1999,[7] Howard studied at New York University's (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts for three years, during which time she also attended the Stella Adler Conservatory, The Experimental Wing, and International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam.[8] During her schooling, she took part in the concept recording of the Broadway-bound musical A Tale of Two Cities.[9] She graduated with her BFA in Drama in 2003.[2] Howard is also an alumna of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and of The Actors Center in New York City.[8] During her time in New York, Howard was also a member of downtown theater company Theater Mitu, in residence at New York Theatre Workshop, who are known for their exploration of theatrical forms.[8][10]



For several years, Howard appeared in New York plays. Among these were "House and Garden", a 2002 Alan Ayckbourn production held at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in which she portrayed a disdainful, flirtatious teen. While performing as Rosalind in the critically acclaimed 2003 William Shakespeare comedy production "As You Like It" at The Public Theater, Howard caught the eye of director M. Night Shyamalan.

Howard was cast in Shyamalan's fantasy thriller The Village (2004) two weeks later without having to audition. [4] Its story is about a "turn-of-the-20th-century" village whose residents live in fear of the creatures inhabiting the woods beyond it. She plays the female lead, the chief's blind daughter and love interest to Joaquin Phoenix's part. Her performance was applauded by critics and Howard was nominated for several awards, mostly in the category of "Best Breakthrough Performance".[11] The Village did well commercially, but had a mixed reception.[12][13] Following that, Howard was cast by Lars Von Trier to replace Nicole Kidman as Grace Mulligan in Manderlay, the 2005 sequel to Dogville (2003). The director said that it is "quite clear" his movie, set in a plantation, can be seen as an allusion to the Iraq War.[14]

Howard reunited with Shyamalan for Lady in the Water, in which she acts as Story, a type of water nymph called a narf. The 2006 fantasy film release also stars Paul Giamatti as the co-lead. Shyamalan's project follows the story of Giamatti's character rescuing what he thinks is a young woman (Howard) from his pool. Once he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to get back home, he teams up with his tenants to protect her from creatures that try to keep her in their world. It underperformed at the box office, falling short of its $75 million budget, and got largely negative reviews from critics.[15][16] Next, she once again played Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh's 2006 film version of Shakespeare's As You Like It. It played in theatres in Europe before going directly to cable in the United States, premiering on HBO.[17] Howard was nominated for a Golden Globe Award at the 2008 ceremony.[18] The project got soundly negative reviews from the British media,[19] while American reviewers gave it more favorable notice.[20] That year, she wrote and directed a short film, Orchids, as part of Glamour magazine's "Reel Moments" series funded by Cartier and FilmAid International.[21]


In 2007, Howard starred in her first blockbuster, Spider-Man 3 as Peter Parker's classmate Gwen Stacy, a fan favorite.[22] A challenge that came with playing Gwen was reminding fans of the good-intentioned character who was Peter's first love in the comics, yet came off as "the other woman" in the movie.[22] Howard dyed her naturally red hair blonde for the role and performed many of her own stunts, unaware that she was several months pregnant.[23] Grossing $890 million.[24][25]Terminator Salvation was her next project.[26] Cast in June 2008, she replaced Claire Danes as Kate Connor.[27] Howard was already a fan of the series.[28] It grossed a total of $370 million,[26] but was not well received critically.[29]

Howard starred as the lead character in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond in 2009. Based on a 1957 screenplay by Tennessee Williams, it did not play at many theaters.[30] She played the role of Victoria, a vampire seeking revenge, in the Twilight series' third installment The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.[31] She landed the part after Rachelle Lefevre was dropped due to a scheduling conflict and filming started in August 2009.[32] Howard had already been a huge fan of the books and considered Victoria to be an "incredible character".[30] Released on June 30, 2010 the film made nearly $700 million[33] and although reviews were mixed,[34] Critics gave very positive reviews for Howard in the role.[35][36]

In December 2009, Howard was cast in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter (2010), as a burgeoning love interest for Matt Damon's character. [37] as a burgeoning love interest of Matt Damon's character.[38]

In early January 2011, Howard became the first celebrity ambassador for purse designer Kate Spade.[39] Her first film of 2011 was The Help, a movie adaption of Kathryn Stockett's 2009 best-selling novel of the same name. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the film, and was nominated for many Best Supporting Actress Awards, along with winning awards shared with the rest of the cast.[40] Howard then produced Gus Van Sant's Restless, a dark coming of age movie about a teenage boy and girl who are engrossed with death.[41] She had a supporting role opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the cancer dramedy 50/50, which was based on a true story. "It's viewing that experience through a very truthful lens of humour", she stated of 50/50's take on its heavy subject matter.[42] Both films had September releases.

Howard directed the short film When You Find Me, a social film developed through a collaboration with Canon. The film was developed under the premise of gathering inspiration through images selected from a photography contest. 96,362 entries[43] were accepted, while only eight final images were selected to be utilized for the production of the film.[44]

In 2015, Howard appeared in the lead role, alongside Chris Pratt, in Jurassic World as the park's operations manager Claire Dearing.[45] In 2016, she starred in the remake of the 1977 film Pete's Dragon,[46] and will appear in the drama Gold.[47] In 2016, she appeared in "Nosedive", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.[48] In 2016, she will be seen in the film "Gold" (2016) with Matthew McConaughey. In 2017, she will begin production of the follow up to "Jurassic World".

Personal life

During her senior year of high school, Howard learned of existentialism. "I was like, 'This is it! This is my religion.' I had never felt a connection to any sort of spirituality before that. It was very basic – you're responsible for the choices that you make – but it was mind-blowing at the time."[4] Her hobby is writing[28] and she is good friends with Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.[2] Howard has said that she gets "freaked out" by "the Hollywood scene" and has never had a sip of alcohol in her entire life.

Marriage and family

Howard met actor Seth Gabel at New York University[17] and the two dated for five years before marrying on June 17, 2006.[2][22][22] She had only one previous boyfriend and claims to have pursued Gabel vigorously after first meeting him.[31][49][50] They had planned to start a family together in their 30s;[31] however, seven days after their wedding, she learned that she was expecting their first child.[51] Howard gave birth to their child, a son named Theodore, nicknamed Theo, in 2007.[2][52] Theo's godfather is actor Josh Gad.[53] Howard openly discussed having experienced post-partum depression. With the help of a physician and a therapist she recovered from the depression,[51] which lasted for about 18 months.[31] Howard said of the depression in 2010,

Do I wish I had never endured post-partum depression? Absolutely. But to deny the experience is to deny who I am. I still mourn the loss of what could have been, but I also feel deep gratitude for those who stood by me, for the lesson that we must never be afraid to ask for help, and for the feeling of summer that still remains.[51]

Howard gave birth to the couple's second child, daughter Beatrice, in 2012.[54]



Howard at the Spider-Man 3 premiere, 2007
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Parenthood Strawberry-blonde girl in audience
1995 Apollo 13 Girl in yellow dress
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Surprised Who
2001 A Beautiful Mind Harvard Student
2004 Book of Love Heather
2004 Village, TheThe Village Ivy Elizabeth Walker
2005 Manderlay Grace Margaret Mulligan
2006 As You Like It Rosalind
2006 Lady in the Water Story
2006 Orchids Short film; co-writer, director
2007 Spider-Man 3 Gwen Stacy
2008 Good Dick Kissing woman[55] Cameo
2008 Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, TheThe Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Fisher Willow
2009 Terminator Salvation Katherine "Kate" Brewster Connor
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Victoria
2010 Hereafter Melanie
2011 Help, TheThe Help Hilly Holbrook
2011 50/50 Rachael
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Victoria Credit only
2015 Jurassic World Claire Dearing
2016 Pete's Dragon Grace Meacham
2016 Gold Kay In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Family Guy Episode: "We Love You, Conrad" (voice)
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Movie; director
2014 HitRecord on TV Various 2 episodes
2016 Black Mirror Lacie Pound Episode: "Nosedive"

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2015 Lego Jurassic World Claire Dearing
Lego Dimensions

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Film Result Ref.
2005 Online Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance The Village Nominated [56]
Empire Awards Best Actress Nominated [57]
Best Newcomer Nominated [57]
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Female Nominated [58]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Scary Scene Nominated [59]
2006 Robert Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Manderlay Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television As You Like It Nominated [18]
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Terminator Salvation Nominated [60]
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with cast members Xavier Samuel and Robert Pattinson) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Won [61]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble The Help Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated
Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year Won
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Cast (shared with cast members Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer) Nominated [62]
Best Jaw Dropping Moment Nominated [62]
Best Villain Nominated [62]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominated [63]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Performance by an Ensemble Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Cast – Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won [64]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Ensemble Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Jurassic World Nominated [65]
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Nominated [65]
2016 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actress in an Action Movie Nominated


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