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Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard,
March 2, 1981,
Grew up in Westchester County, New York, and Greenwich, Connecticut
Height: 5' 8''
Father: Ron Howard, actor/director
Mother: Cheryl Howard
Godfather: Henry Winkler
Sisters: twins Jocelyn and Paige, born in 1985. Both have the same middle name--Carlyle
Brother: Reed Howard, born in 1987.
Husband: Seth Gabel, actor, married June 17, 2006.
Son: born February, 2007.
Graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama (2003), and studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory.
Diet: vegan turned vegetarian
Bryce Dallas Howard was born in LA, but raised on the other side of the continent, far from Hollywood glitz and glamour, on a Connecticut farm. Her parents decided to leave Hollywood when Bryce came home from day care with a script that some parent had asked her to show her dad. She grew up so sheltered that she didn't even know her dad, Ron Howard, was a celebrity until she moved to LA to pursue her own career.
She's "never had a sip of alcohol" and is a little freaked out by the Hollywood scene. She was an extra in a couple of her dad's movies, but mostly, she did community theater and summer theater in the Catskills.
M. Night Shyamalan saw her playing Rosalind in As You Like It and offered her the lead in The Village without an audition. She replaced Nicole Kidman in Manderlay, the sequel to Dogville and giggled inside during her first film nude scene.
A devout vegan since Joaquin Phoenix showed her the documentary about animal cruelty Earthlings, which he produced, Bryce says her biggest indulgence has been hiring her own chef to prepare raw food. "I love Stella McCartney because she makes vegan shoes. I have the most difficult time finding non-leather products." (Since converted to vegetarianism.)
Recently married to her boyfriend of five years, Bryce spent her honeymoon touring Europe with 31 of her relatives. She looks forward to children and a long career.
On solving her terror about her sex scene in Manderlay
: “I said, ‘All right, you have to do this. It’s ridiculous for you to have issues with this. Just view it as if you’re doing a sketch on Saturday Night Live and this is funny,' because I’ll do anything to be funny, and most people will. They’ll do ridiculous things that they can’t be held accountable for. So that’s what happened. I just started to look at it as some sort of comedic scene. Just in my head."