Real Name : Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard
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 (I)' (qv), is a former actor turned Oscar-winning director. Her mother is actress and writer 'Cheryl Howard (I)' (qv) (nee Alley). Her famous relatives include her uncle, actor 'Clint Howard' (qv), and her grandparents, actor 'Rance Howard' (qv) and actress 'Jean Speegle Howard' (qv). 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 (I)' (qv) and 'Jean-Paul Sartre' (qv). She attended the prestigious Steppenwolf School and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts camp at Catskills together with her friend 'Natalie Portman' (qv). 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' (qv) 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' (qv), 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv) and 'Anton Chekhov' (qv). 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)_ (qv). She made her feature-film debut as Heather, a supporting role in _Book of Love (2004)_ (qv) by director 'Alan Brown (XI)' (qv). Director 'M. Night Shyamalan' (qv) 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)_ (qv) and _Lady in the Water (2006)_ (qv). Howard replaced 'Nicole Kidman' (qv) in _Dogville (2003)_ (qv) sequel, _Manderlay (2005)_ (qv). She stars as Rosalind in _As You Like It (2006)_ (qv), 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)_ (qv). Howard became a devoted vegan since 'Joaquin Phoenix' (qv) showed her _Earthlings (2005)_ (qv), 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' (qv), 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.
- 2011 MTV Movie Awards
- The Help
- Piers Morgan Tonight
- Access Hollywood Live
- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
- The Talk
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
- Terminator Salvation
- Lopez Tonight
- Terminator Salvation: A G4 Special
- The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
- Good Dick
- The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
- Paula's Best Dishes
- Up Close with Carrie Keagan
- Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
- Tangled Web: The Love Triangles of Spider-Man 3
- Spider-Man 3
- Chelsea Lately
- As You Like It
- Lady in the Water
- Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard
- Reflections of Lady in the Water
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- Made in Hollywood
- The Cannes Experience: Manderlay 2005
- The Road to Manderlay
- Inside 'The Village': A Movie Special
- Book of Love
- The Village
- Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Family Guy
- Total Request Live
- The Panel
- The View
- Apollo 13
- Late Show with David Letterman
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
- The Oprah Winfrey Show
- Entertainment Tonight
- Good Morning America
- * (May 2002): Played "Sally Platt" in "House/Garden", plays by 'Alan Ayckbourn' (qv) (City Center Stage I & Stage II, New York City, New York, USA).
- 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)_ (qv)] 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)_ (qv)] 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)_ (qv) 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)_ (qv)] 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' (qv) 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' (qv) was the same way. 'M. Night Shyamalan' (qv) is the same way. And, that's highly effective, for a number of reasons.
- [on _The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)_ (qv)] There's an iconic 'Tennessee Williams' (qv) 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.