BRYCE DAL­LAS HOWARD

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - PERSONALITY -

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.

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