Bryce Dallas Howard
No Formula For Hollywood
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HL: How important is it for you to win an Oscar some
Bryce Howard: The critical acclaim component is a facet, a portion of the storytelling industry. As an audience member, it’s a way for me to filter. We get barraged with so many stories and content, so when I hear something is getting a lot of acclaim or acknowledgement, I want to make sure to see that. It might be a film or something that I wouldn’t normally go to. I think there’s a value in being critically acclaimed but that’s definitely result oriented. And it’s not so important because what I care about is being able to have a long, rewarding, fulfilling career in the arts where I’m able to support my family and give my all and have long relationships with creative collaborators for decades. That is actually critical. It’s important that your film makes money for everyone in a business sense. But how important is it that it’s an astronomical success? Sometimes, those things happen for movies. We don’t necessarily expect it. And an award is not something I ever expect, ever.
HL: How do you and your husband feel about
each other’s intimate scenes with your co-stars?
Bryce Howard: We have no problem. We encourage each other. We’ve been together for over 15 years. Next week is our 10-year anniversary. I remember when we were younger, my husband had an intense sex scene. I remember saying to him, “You know, it’s really vulnerable, Seth. Just make sure that you really, really take care of the woman you’re working with. And just make sure that she feels comfortable. And if she feels comfortable, just lose yourself in that moment and give everything and don’t be afraid to be very tender and supportive.” Those things can be awkward, but if they’re not awkward, it’s so fun. So we are supportive and have an understanding of what is really happening; it’s not romantic; it’s a part of the story that you’re telling. I guess we’re both good at compartmentalizing those kinds of things.
HL: Both you and your husband must have very
busy schedules. How do you balance your career
with kids and family?
Bryce Howard: Support, support, support, support. I couldn’t physically be here right now if there wasn’t someone attending to my children. Today it’s my husband. I work with two incredible nannies. I was a nanny for four years. Having a full career and my husband having a full career, in which we travel, and it’s inconsistent, and it’s freelance, and it’s quite sudden, there’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. We first think of what does this mean for our kids and are sure that there’s an extraordinary kind of safety net there and a support system. I can’t do my job and my husband can’t do his job otherwise. We’re just thinking about that process forward. Probably 80% of our brain space goes to that, definitely.
HL: Do you try to isolate your children from the
Bryce Howard: It’s interesting because I wasn’t isolated. I was always on movie sets growing up and in the editing room and at my dad’s office. We were completely exposed to this side of making movies. But because we lived on the East Coast, there wasn’t much of Hollywood around. So with my kids it’s probably very similar. I feel grateful that I’m getting the chance to live a life that’s very similar to the life that I experienced as a child because it worked well. I love the way that I grew up and I loved getting to travel. I loved the way my parents handled our education, and I have that as a frame of reference for what we’re going to do with my kids. So we do engage similarly to what my parents did for us. We bring them to work, but not as much. I don’t think I feel comfortable quite yet.
HL: Do you let your children watch your movies?
Bryce Howard: They haven’t yet, but they’re still young and we try to be pretty protective in terms of media. We try to delay them being exposed to too much media. So no, they haven’t seen it. But they are definitely watching Pete’s Dragon.
HL: How did your parents feel about your working
as a waitress or a nanny and having all these jobs that
are not in the movie industry?
Bryce Howard: It was not optional. My parents were smart about being clear with us as to what the financial boundaries were and that they supported us through up until we were adults. They took care of a good portion of my education. But I needed to take care of the living expenses and it was in New York City. Just the summers and the weekends heading into college, there was not a question about having a job. But all of my friends had jobs too. My friends worked at the pizza place or the bagel store, as a babysitter or dog walker. That was fun because we were all doing that together.