Bryce Dallas Howard is an American actress, best known for her 2015 summer blockbuster sequel, "Jurassic World." She is the daughter of famed Hollywood producer and director, Ron Howard, of "Arrested Development."
Bryce Dallas Howard is a native to Los Angeles, born on March 2, 1981 to her father, director/producer Ron Howard, and her mother, writer Cheryl Howard Crew. She has three younger siblings, twins, Jocelyn and Paige, and a brother, Reed. Bryce was conceived in Dallas, Texas, hence her middle name. When applying for theatre school, she dropped her last named to avoid special treatment but later added it back on to avoid sounding like a porn star. She was born in Los Angeles and lives there today.
Bryce comes from a long lineage of family actors. Her grandfather was Rance Howard from films as early as 1967's "Cool Hand Luke" and as recent as 2013's "Nebraska" and "The Lone Ranger." Her grandmother, the late Jean Howard, was a television actress from more than 30 shows, including "Married...With Children" and "Grace Under Fire," who died in 2000. Two months later, Bryce appeared alongside her grandfather and her uncle, Clint, under the direction of her father in Jim Carrey's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Her interest in entertainment began at an early age, appearing as an extra in her father's films ("Parenthood") as early as 7 years old, just before going to a private performing arts school, Stagedoor Manor, in Upstate New York where (Natalie Portman) attended. After high school, Bryce studied in a slew of schools, including NYU's Tisch School of the Art, Stella Adler Conservatory, The Experimental Wing and The International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam, all in a three-year period. She performed in a recording rendition of "A Tale of Two Cities" while in school. After school, she began performing in several plays, including William Shakespeare's "As You Like It," which caught the attention of "The Sixth Sense" director, M. Night Shyamalan in 2003. Two weeks later, she was picked up in his next film without having to audition.
By 2004, she was starring in her breakout role of Shyamalan's "The Village" across from Academy Award-winning actor, Adrien Brody, and Joaquin Phoenix. After Shyamalan's commercial success with the film, he invited her back as the lead in his less successful, underwater nympho-thriller, "Lady in the Water." In 2006, she reprised her role as Rosalind in "As You Like It" for the film adaptation in which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Also that year, she wrote and directed her first short, "Orchids."
By 2007, Bryce was mainstream, landing a supporting role as Peter Parker's classmate, Gwen, in the Toby Maguire superhero spectacle, "Spider-Man 3," dying her hair blonde and performing her own stunts, despite being pregnant (unknowingly). Immediately after that huge box office success, she picked up the role of Kate Connor in "Terminator Salvation," another big box office blockbuster. Then in 2009, she once again picked up another big role after another actress dropped out, this time in the third installment of the "Twilight" saga, released in 2010. All three movies together grossed nearly $2 billion. That same year, she starred in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" alongside Matt Damon.
And 2011 was a big year for Bryce. She starred in the award-winning film, "The Help," which garnered her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Joseph Gordon-Levitt cancer dramaedy "50/50." She then co-produced Gus Van Sant's "Restless" with her father and announced her feature directoral debut in "The Originals," which she co-wrote with her brother-in-law, Dan Charbonneau. In 2015, she starred in the biggest opening film in history, "Jurassic World," which pulled in $511 million in its first weekend, alongside raptor trainer, Chris Pratt.
She is a former vegan, practicing vegetarian and has never had a sip of alcohol. Bryce met actor, Seth Gabel, at NYU in 2001 and married him in 2006. The couple has two children, a son, Theodore, and a daughter, Beatrice Jean.
Bryce is set to star in the 2016 film, "Pete's Dragon," a live action animated family dramedy.