BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD
She’s played the evil Hilly Holbrook in The Help, a vampire in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and faced down dinosaurs in Jurassic World. Now the 35-year-old actress (married to Seth Gabel—an actor on TV’s Salem and American Horror Story— and mom to Theodore, 9, and Beatrice, 4) is starring as a park ranger alongside a giant flying dragon in Walt Disney’s live-action remake of a beloved 1970s classic, in theaters Aug. 12. What is the difference between the two versions of Pete’s Dragon?
As someone who wore out a VHS copy in my childhood, I’m glad it’s a remake. I think there’s a lot of wisdom in holding on to the central idea of an orphaned child whose family is a dragon, so that idea is intact, but everything around it is different.
What were your favorite movies as a kid?
There were so many wonderful films around when I was just starting to watch movies— E.T., The NeverEnding Story— where the kids are ahead of the adults. Therefore, I would always relate to the protagonist, who was often a kid. So it was really interesting to play the adult who is going to learn something from a child. I think, being a parent, that’s a beautiful reminder of my own childhood and something that I try to keep alive for my own children.
Was having Ron Howard as a dad a help or hindrance to your career?
Probably a little bit of both. In the beginning when I was doing theater, they didn’t know who my dad was.
What do you do in your down time?
It’s kids, kids, kids, kids, kids. When I daydream, I no longer daydream about work. I daydream about: Should we reinstate the pajama walk at night? Are the kids doing enough age-appropriate chores? That’s where my brain is constantly going.
How does Howard feel about her children going into acting? Go to Parade.com/bryce to find out.