Actress Bryce Dallas Howard was born on March 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Her second name was derived from the fact that she was conceived in Dallas, Texas.) Despite being the daughter of actor-director Ron Howard, she, like her siblings, were not exposed to show business, although they appeared as extras in her father’s movies. Raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, she nevertheless had a penchant for performing, appearing in shows staged by her school. She took further training at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as in the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company; she graduated with a drama degree in 2003.
Her feature film debut came in 2003, when she starred in the drama Book of Love, but major success came the following year, with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. The director spotted her during one of her Broadway performances, and persuaded her to take the lead without an audition; the two would later collaborate again in the 2006 release Lady in the Water. She also appeared in the film Manderlay, taking over from Nicole Kidman. Her performance in the 2006 film As You Like It, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Howard’s later roles include that of Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3; the lead in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, which she took after Lindsay Lohan backed out; and Terminator Salvation. She is currently married to Seth Gabel, who she met while both were students at Tisch.
In 2010, the actress was cast as Victoria on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This was followed by a role in Hereafter and Live with It, as well as getting cast on The Help.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Niece of actor Clint Howard.
Granddaughter of actor Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard.
Is close friends with Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Her godfather is Henry Winkler, who co-starred on "Happy Days" (1974) with her father, Ron Howard.
Was cast in The Village (2004) without having an audition after M. Night Shyamalan saw her in a Broadway show.
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.
Her Theatre credits include a vast range from classical to contemporary writers such as William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov and George Bernard Shaw.
Graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama (2003)
Stepgranddaughter of Judy Howard.
Daughter of actor-director Ron Howard and Cheryl 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.
Is a vegan turned vegetarian.
Attended New York University.
Bryce and her husband, Seth Gabel, became the parents of their first child, a boy, Theodore Norman Howard Gabel, on February 16, 2007. He is called Theo.
Has 3 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.
Returned to work six months after giving birth to her son Theo in order to begin filming The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008).
Good friends with Jason Ritter and Marianna Palka.
2005: Palm Springs International Film Festival - Rising Star Award
2010: Hereafter - Melanie
2010: Eclipse - Victoria
2009: Terminator Salvation - Kate Connor
2009: Family Guy (TV series)
2008: The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond - Fisher
2008: Good Dick - Kissing Woman
2007: Spider-Man 3 - Gwen Stacy
2006: As You Like It - Rosalind
2005: Lady in the Water - Story
2005: Manderlay - Grace Margaret Mulligan
2004: The Village - Ivy Walker
2004: Book of Love - Heather
2000: How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Surprised Who
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."