IESB: Bryce Dallas Howard Interview

Bryce Howard

IESB sat down with Bryce and asked her about her upcoming projects and her influences.

“Q: What is the best advice that your father ever gave you, as an actor, and the best advice he ever gave you, from a directorial standpoint?

Bryce: The best advice he gave me was that, if there was anything else I could do, to do that. You need to not be able to do anything else, to be in this business. If you have other options, in those unemployed moments, those other options will take precedent. From a directorial standpoint, I think it’s really Freudian, the amount of trust I have in filmmakers because I have such a trusting relationship with my dad. He’s such a mentor to me. He has never let me down, as a person. He just hasn’t. And, that’s translated for me with filmmakers.

I have an association that director means total authority. Director means they will never let you down. Director means just trust them and fulfill their vision, and know that the story will be told in its best incarnation. I’ve always felt really lucky to get to work with really great filmmakers. For me, the whole objective is just to hopefully be of service to what they want. In his persona, that’s been the advice that he hasn’t directly said, but I’ve understood. ”

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  1. I wish someone would gather up the balls to ask her why she initially turned down the part of Victoria for “Twilight” & then did a 180, taking the part for “Eclipse.” Now there’s a question worth asking. I’d just like to hear her explanation, in her words.

    • Did she turn it down, or did they not ask her because it was an indie project with lesser known stars?

      • Hi Debbie, from Catherine Hardwicke’s own words (which the video is posted somewhere on the Lex in a much older entry), DBH was THE first choice for Victoria. She was asked & she turned the part down because “it was too small.”

  2. It’s unfair to condemn this actress for turning down Twilight. Just like any other person seeking employment, an actor needs to choose movie roles that will advance her/his career. If you think about it, Twilight was simply an indie movie with a cheesy script and a mediocre director with tiny critical acclaim. Of course the role was too small for her! She’s already an established actress with an impressive resume. And also, of course Rachelle Lefevre would’ve taken a “too small” role since she was pretty much unknown. Now doors have opened for her as well, and she’s chosen the critical acclaim route. With Lefevre gone, major hype, and now a critically acclaimed and edgy director, Bryce Dallas Howard has seen that it would be an unwise choice to turn it down.
    It’s business. You’re going to pick what benefits your career, not what a bunch of Tweens luuuurve.

    • Isn’t THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND a small indie? So what is the difference between that and Twilight?

      Yes, actors think about their careers in the long term but it’s considered WRONG to cherry pick work based on ideas like “it won’t make me famous” “it’s too small” or “too big.”

      Actors choose materials because it’s compelling to do, at least that’s what real actors do. Not every Hollywood actor gets to Angelina Jolie size fame or wants too.

      She isn’t a household name regardless of the films she has been in yet (Lady In the Water, Spiderman 3) so it’s ridiculous to say that the part of Victoria was too small or not good enough for her. Work is Work. People are right to question her motives.

      Sometimes you changer your mind or an oportunity appears but what is it for her?? Or is it just the subsequent success of these films?

      • Oh, and ultimately unless you are Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie level you DON’t get to pick your roles. You still have to audition for anything and everything.

  3. I understand what CMOMMA means but I would like to also hear what she has to say about it. Besides, it’s just a matter of “sniffing.” She has a well known director for a dad. They should be able to predict if it’s a hit.

    • Thank you BAm. I mean it’s like the big pink elephant sitting in the middle of the room…everyone knows it’s there but no one wants to address it. And typically the reason why no one wants to address it is because the situation, whatever it may be, is of a sensitive nature. If it were as cut & dry as CMOMMA says, then what’s with the silence. BDH has been dancing around the “big elephant” in every interview she has done regarding Eclipse. Why doesn’t she just address it head on?

      And by the way CMOMMA, just in case you were pointing your tween comment at me, I’m a professional married mother of 3 with a Master’s degree in psychology.

  4. No one is dancing around anything in interviews. The publicists specifically asked questions to primarily be geared toward THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND because that’s what she was promoting. It’s a small film that they need to get the word out on, so that it can find some small audience. And if restrictions aren’t placed on the interviews for that, they would be entirely centered around a film (ECLIPSE) that really needs no promotion, since the audience is already guaranteed to be there. I’m sure the matter will be addressed further during the interviews for ECLIPSE.

  5. Can i just say soomthing WHO CARES about bryc no brian …no…… bryce, yea bryce.

    HEy has any body found out about FOREVER DAWN
    stephinie said she was gonna publish it after breaking dawn ……………………………

  6. I’m sorry about the “tween” comment, but for anyone who’s never read/seen Twilight, they automatically assume it’s a franchise geared towards predominately young teens. As frustrating as it may be to us (I’m a college student) it’s what’s most often portrayed in the media.

    Anyways, this whole “big pink elephant” is a lose/lose for BDH. She can’t admit that the role was too small for her, because it would turn off many devoted Twifans. It’s easier for her publicist to tell interviewers to avoid asking the question. It could also be Summit’s PR team that don’t want the question addressed (kind of like with “Robsten”). We shouldn’t fret; it’s just a movie. At the end of the day (or the movie), we probably won’t even care who played Victoria. Our lives will go on like they did after star wars, lord of the rings, hp7, etc.

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