Bryce Dallas Howard is back on the big screen this month, and we couldn’t be happier. The 37-year-old actor is reprising her role as park operations manager Claire Dearing in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but she’s also making waves off-screen. Here are five reasons why we can’t get enough of Bryce:
1. She buys her own red carpet dresses.
While most celebs get extravagant gowns on loan from designers for major red carpet events, Bryce prefers to buy her own off the rack. In fact, at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2016, the mum-of-two opted for a $240 Topshop dress, noting that as a size 10 she prefers to have more options from shops than what couture designers provide. “It was such a relief when I was finally like, ‘I want to feel relaxed, I want to be able to do this quickly and I want to feel good about myself,’” she told E! News at the time.
2. She won’t change her body to fit someone else’s standards.
“In the culture we live in, there’s this pervasive, shared agreement that there’s a certain body type to admire, and it isn’t actually based on anything real or substantive,” she told Marie Claire. But she’s embraced her curves, with a little help from a certain reality TV family. “I think watching the Kardashians and seeing how they dress their body and seeing how much they embrace their curves… more clothes came out with bigger butts,” she said. “And I was like, I can fit in those pencil skirts!”
3. She speaks out about pay inequality.
While it’s easy to assume that Hollywood stars are all earning an absurd amount of money, Bryce has been vocal about the pay disparity that exists between male and female actors. “What we get paid is totally, completely, astronomically different than what male celebrities get paid,” she told Redbook. “And for women of colour, it’s a hundred times worse.”
4. She’s her dad’s biggest fan.
Bryce is the daughter of legendary actor and director Ron Howard and their relationship is so sweet. “He doesn’t give a lot of unsolicited advice — and sometimes he thinks I don’t take it enough — but it’s not lost on me how incredible it is that I have a dude as my dad who’s been doing this kind of work since he was four years old,” she told Stellar of the Happy Days star and Solo director. “And if he wasn’t a director, he would be a teacher. His dad taught him acting and directing and writing. My dad is also an excellent teacher and I’m kind of just a person who is a perpetual student.”
5. She’s changing Hollywood for the better.
Bryce’s Jurassic World character was originally described as “a careerist”, but Bryce requested the wording be changed, noting no one would call a man the same term. “There can be ways that words are used that aren’t helpful, and it’s about changing the conversation,” she told The Daily Beast. She also led a campaign to ditch calling girls “bossy”. “Using the word ‘bossy’ for girls can be quite harmful,” she said. “What is that saying, that being focused, being assertive, being the boss has a negative attribute?…‘He’s so bossy’—you don’t hear that. It’s a very subtle thing.”
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is in New Zealand cinemas from June 21.
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