Bryce Dallas Howard was born on March 2, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. She was conceived in Dallas, Texas (the reason for her middle name). Her father, named Ron Howard, is a former actor turned Oscar-winning director. Her mother is actress and writer Cheryl Howard (nee Alley). Her famous relatives include her uncle, actor Clint Howard, and her grandparents, actor Rance Howard and actress Jean Speegle Howard. She also has two younger twin sisters, named Jocelyn and Paige, born in 1985, and a brother, Reed Howard, born in 1987.
Howard was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, because her parents decided to raise their four children as far away from the trappings of showbiz milieu as possible. During most of her childhood she really did not have much access to a TV. She attended Greenwich Country Day School, and Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York. At that time, she discovered existentialism and devoured books by Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. She attended the prestigious Steppenwolf School and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts camp at Catskills together with her friend Natalie Portman. She applied to drama school as Bryce Dallas, dropping her last name to eschew special treatment because of association with her renowned father. From 1999-2003, she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory and at the New York University Tisch School of Arts and graduated with a BFA degree in Drama in 2003. At that time, she performed in Broadway productions of classical plays by George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Anton Chekhov.
Young Howard appeared in three of her father's films as an extra, including her appearance as a child together with her mother in Apollo 13 (1995). She made her feature-film debut as Heather, a supporting role in Book of Love (2004) by director Alan Brown. Director M. Night Shyamalan was impressed by her performance in a Broadway play and cast her without an audition as a female lead in his two thrillers: The Village (2004) and Lady in the Water (2006). Howard replaced Nicole Kidman in Dogville (2003) sequel, Manderlay (2005). She stars as Rosalind in As You Like It (2006), a reprise of her stage role that made such an impression on Shyamalan. She is also billed as Gwen Stacy in the third installment of the Spider-Man franchise, Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Howard became a devoted vegan since Joaquin Phoenix showed her Earthlings (2005), a documentary about animal cruelty. After seeing that, she has consumed no animal products, not even milk or eggs. Her other activities outside of the acting profession include playing basketball and writing.
On June 17, 2006, in Connecticut, she married her long-term boyfriend, actor Seth Gabel, whom she met at New York University and had dated for five years. On February 16, 2007, Bryce and her husband, Seth, became parents of their first child, a boy, named Theodore Norman Howard Gabel.
|Seth Gabel||(17 June 2006 - present) 2 children|
Niece of actor Clint Howard.
Until recently, had not seen an episode of "Happy Days" (1974), in which her father starred. However, in early 2006, she bought the DVD release of the show and now understands its continuing appeal.
Attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts camp with Natalie Portman.
Alumna of the prestigious School at Steppenwolf training program.
Graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama (2003)
Stepgranddaughter of Judy Howard.
During rehearsals at the Manhattan Theater Club, she was billing herself as "Bryce Dallas" but later had second thoughts because the name made her sound like a porn star.
Was a vegan for three and a half years (2003-2006).
Attended New York University.
Has 3 younger siblings: Reed Cross Howard and the twins Paige Howard and Jocelyn Carlyle Howard. All 4 were named after places in which they were conceived.
Dyed her hair blonde for Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Along with the rest of the cast of The Village (2004) she was put through a 19th century "boot camp" in order for them to get a good feel for the time period.
The actor who plays the photographer during the crane accident scene in Spider-Man 3 (2007) performed magic for her at a birthday party when she was in the second grade.
Was a huge fan of the Terminator franchise before she was cast in the series fourth chapter - Terminator Salvation (2009).
Performed her own stunts during the crane accident scene in Spider-Man 3 (2007), unaware that she was pregnant at the time of filming.
Was 5 months pregnant with her son Theo when she completed filming Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her son Theo in order to begin filming The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008).
Became the first celebrity face of Kate Spade New York for their 2011 ad campaign.
Has frequently been called upon to replace other actresses unable to reprise their roles in sequels to successful film series. She replaced Nicole Kidman in Manderlay (2005), the sequel to Dogville (2003); Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)) in Terminator Salvation (2009); and 'Rachelle LeFevre' (Twilight (2008/I) and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)) in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)). Only once so far has she been the actress who was replaced: She played Gwen Stacey in Spider-Man 3 (2007)), but was replaced in the reboot The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) by Emma Stone, with whom she appeared in The Help (2011).
Worked as a PA on the set of Apollo 13 (1995).
Has two younger twin sisters, Jocelyn Carlyle Howard and Paige Howard, and a younger brother, Reed Cross Howard.
Gave birth to her second child at age 30, a daughter Beatrice Jean Howard Gabel on January 19, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Seth Gabel. Baby weighed 8lbs 6oz.
Gave birth to her first child at age 25, a son Theodore Norman Howard Gabel on February 16, 2007. Child's father is her husband, Seth Gabel.
Learned how to play the piano for her part in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008).
I've always had the perspective that roles come into my life when I need them most and sort of teach me lessons. The same can be true of films, films are released into society to aid in a lesson, inspire people, comfort people.
Right now as an artist, what I want to do is be a part of works that are unignorable. I couldn't be less interested in how people receive it, honestly. As long as it's unignorable.
I feel like I almost didn't grow up in the business, because my parents worked so hard at sheltering us from that. I was raised in Connecticut. And I honestly wasn't aware that my dad was a celebrity until I moved to Los Angeles a year ago.
I've learned to think in terms of having a long career. Actors can have very long careers that last until the day we die, but there will be moments when you'll feel like you're a failure or when you're disappointed in yourself. I've learned from my dad that those feelings don't mean you should stop what you're doing. They mean you should try even harder; you should push even further. Perhaps because of failure, you're getting even closer to your ultimate goal.
On her famous dad: "My dad's more three-dimensional than Opie Taylor or Richie Cunningham. He even has a temper! He's a real person. But some people are disappointed by that."
[on The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)] I don't really get nervous. I just get really focused and intense. I feel a responsibility to do the best that I can. And I feel that nervousness sometimes gets in the way of that, because you get wrapped up in your own neurosis. I feel very protected, as well, because Fisher Willow was such a thoroughly written character that I could obviously trust the writing enormously.
I didn't always want to act. My passion was writing, and it still is one of my primary passions to this day, but it wasn't until high school when I started acting in plays that it became a thought of something I might want to do. And when I applied to colleges, at NYU, I was able to study both writing and acting.
[on The Help (2011)] What I find so remarkable about this story is that it holistically depicts the time period. It's not necessarily vilifying anyone, but rather, vilifying certain mentalities and belief systems that were evil at their core. Playing Hilly [Holbrok] had been a journey for me to understand her ignorance. I feel really comfortable in assuming that people will think this is a performance and that it isn't me.
I definitely managed to do different kinds of things. My focus is usually who the director is, because at the end of the day the director is the storyteller, what the movie is all about. I don't want to participate in something that I don't think is constructive storytelling.
[on her The Help (2011) character] When I read the book Hilly is the character that you love to hate and that's just a really fun character to play. But when we were in Mississippi doing rehearsals I realized I needed to actually play her as a three-dimensional character and not just a two-dimensional villain. That was where the challenge was for me.
[on The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)] Working with directors whose history is in performance, I feel like there's a different kind of focus, as opposed to directors who are more prone to being really technically proficient or visual. I feel like there are two schools of both, and a director needs to have both. Jodie Markell has both, for sure. I felt really, really supported, in terms of my performance. When I had questions or when she was directing me, there was an approach that was coming from a psychological place because she's an actor, and so she knows how to speak that language. Kenneth Branagh was the same way. M. Night Shyamalan is the same way. And, that's highly effective, for a number of reasons.
[on The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)] There's an iconic Tennessee Williams female character that you see elements of, over and over and over again, which is a woman ahead of her time, who's being suffocated by the world and who's too bright, too clever and too sensitive to really survive and feel grounded. So, to go through and watch Blanche DuBois and Maggie the Cat, who are these really iconic characters that he had created, and steal, to be honest, was something that was helpful to me.
[on The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)] Literally two weeks after giving birth, I was working on the part, learning to play the piano. I was worried that it was a huge responsibility and I wouldn't be able to rise to the occasion. Jodie Markell was so helpful. She's a mom as well, and she kept talking me through it. Once we started shooting, I was lucky to have a character to lose myself in. I had to let certain things go, like fixating all day long in how I could be a better parent or how I'm a terrible parent or how I should be doing more as a parent.
I've never had a sip of alcohol in my life, I wasn't interested in losing control. There was alcoholism in my family, so I saw the negative effects and how difficult it was to recover. When I was in high school, I would never go to parties because I would be embarrassed to say no. Consequently, I had almost no social group.
|The Village (2004)||$150,000|
|Spider-Man 3 (2007)||$1,000,000|
(August 2006) Announced that she and husband Seth Gabel are expecting their first baby.
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