Bryce Dallas Howard: I’ve ‘been asked to not use my natural body in cinema’

Bryce Dallas Howard has always talked about how Hollywood treats her and mistreats her because she doesn’t fit into sample sizes and she doesn’t starve herself to get roles. Even a second generation actress like Bryce gets that kind of misogynistic treatment, which says a lot about Hollywood and the male gaze. Bryce, to me, looks healthy and normal. But she’s been told by producers and directors to lose weight, and it happened again in the Jurassic World franchise.

Bryce Dallas Howard revealed that the executives behind the “Jurassic World” trilogy had issues with her body and her weight.

“How do I say this … [I’ve] been asked to not use my natural body in cinema,” the actress, who played Claire Dearing in the movie, told Metro in an article published on Thursday.

The actress, who performed her own stunts in the movies, added that it was director Colin Trevorrow who stood up for her.

“And on the third movie, it was actually because there were so many women cast, it was something that Colin felt very strongly about in terms of protecting me … because the conversation came up again, ‘We need to ask Bryce to lose weight.’ He was like, ‘There are lots of different kinds of women on this planet and there are lots of different kinds of women in our film’ and I got to do so many stunts that wouldn’t have been possible if I had been dieting.”

The “Help” star, 44, noted that she was “thrilled” to be able to do stunts with her body at “maximum strength” and hopes it pushes other directors to focus less on women’s weight and more on their ability.

[From Page Six]

The whole thing about “on the third movie,” the director finally stood up for her? It suggests that in the first two movies, producers were giving her notes about her weight and the director didn’t do sh-t. Anyway, I think it’s actually nice that Bryce has a big part in a franchise like this and that she brings a “normal woman” vibe to it. By that I mean, a woman daring to be a size 8 on-screen shouldn’t be remarkable, but it is.

PS… did the producers give her any notes about her bangs? Because I have notes.

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  1. Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

    I am so furious that she has been treated like this, or ANYONE!! I am eager to always hear news that she is doing more directing, as I’ve loved her work behind the camera with Star Wars. I hope she is supportive of all of her actors, too.

    • bettyrose says:

      I appreciate her speaking up. She obviously has quite a bit of power in Hollywood, and she’s absolutely tiny, so imagine women who do not have power and are not absolutely tiny. Her example illustrates the magnitude of the misogyny in Hollywood, but I don’t know if there’s an answer than to continue to support quality streaming programming and independent films. There’s a demographic that will keep big budget action films alive, but the rest of us now have options too.

    • Bananapanda says:

      I’m glad Bruce is standing up for herself. She has a very healthy sense of self and nobody is going to stop that.

      Technically, she’s 3rd generation actor and 2nd generation director. People forget about grandpa Rance (and uncle Clint).

  2. Hootenannie says:

    I know Bryce is bigger than an average Hollywood star, but she’s actually significantly smaller than an average woman in the U.S. if she’s a size 8. I think it’s between a 16 and an 18. Hollywood has a long way to go in terms of showing “normal bodies.”

  3. Kelly Sunshine says:

    As a fluffy person, I *WISH* I had a body like Bryce’s. I would never ever have considered her to be over weight. Just goes to show how warped Hollywood continues to be in terms of body image.

    • Christina says:

      It’s really warped. And it permeates Los Angeles. It’s why I left L.A. The misogyny is constantly in your face there. You have to actively fight against it, but the fat bias is really bad. Even someone like Brice is nitpicked.

    • Christine says:

      I am right there with you. She is beautiful, her body is perfect.

  4. Beach says:

    I like her bangs, some people have big foreheads!!!

    • Justpassingby says:

      Yes. I wish people would stop with the bang hating. I love her bangs. They are stylish and they suit her <3

    • Allegra says:

      LOVE her curtain bangs!

    • Matilda says:

      I love her bangs! They are nice long curtain bangs and the wave at the end is pretty. I had bangs throughout Covid lockdown and got so many complements. I finally outgrew them this pass summer for something different but when I see another woman rocking her bangs I get tempted to get them again.

    • Jennifer says:

      As someone with a large forehead, I have bangs for a reason!

    • pamspam says:

      Same! The bangs hate here is so over the top. Then again, I have an irrational hatred for brown cars. Like I see one and I’m repulsed…why would you make a car brown??? So I guess we all have our things haha.

    • Marley says:

      Yes I agree, the bang-ism on this site is discouraging! I have an unfortunate forehead and have had bangs most of my adult life. At this point, they also cover my frown lines, which is an added bonus. I’ve never had a hairdresser suggest I grow them out, so they must agree it’s the best solution and the most flattering style for me.

    • Sunflowerlady says:

      I really like her bangs. Curtain bangs are “in” right now l, and I’ve been tempted to get them myself.

  5. Driver8 says:

    She’s beautiful and talented. She has a fine husband too. It’s nice to see her speaking up.

  6. Kokiri says:

    I noticed in the last movie, they made her wear jeans, with a long flannel shirt to hide her body.
    It was awful.
    She’s a beautiful woman with an enviable figure.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Literally no woman is ever good enough or thin enough. People were probably still calling Karen Carpenter a fat cow as she died of anorexia.

  8. Steph says:

    I’m glad she brought up how her weight contributed to her strength and ability to do stunts. I’ve felt like this for a long time but haven’t really said much about it bc it’s about other people’s weight and I don’t want to come off as shaming someone’s body. But up until recently I just never found actresses who play ass kicking characters believable. Hollywood prefers women so slim that they look like a breeze could kick their ass. So, it always felt really fake and not empowering. Yes, I do know skinny people can be very strong too. I just didn’t usually believe it on screen.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      I wouldn’t have an issue with skinny but muscled up… instead we’re fed female superheroes that don’t even have muscle tone… like, seriously…

    • Christine says:

      Me too, I appreciate this so much. I will never be what anyone considers skinny, but during the pandemic I started taking a lot better care of myself. I feel so strong and confident now, and I went on a 17 mile hike over the summer, where the last mile was basically a 45 degree angle up, on gravel.

      I never in a million years would have pulled it off if losing weight was my goal, rather than being strong.

      Gal Gadot and Robin Wright were both strong and fierce in Wonder Woman.

  9. Lurker25 says:

    She has a lovely, SLENDER body that’s got hourglass curves. Jfc. How is having your clavicles protrude the standard for thinnness? Or ribs sticking out like a xylephone?

    Her body is in nice proportion to her head. she’s got a little booty and chest. It’s crazy how abnormal the “standard” tv body is for women.

    That dress tho. Someone needs to arrest the stylist because he’s committing crimes putting her in that cut out boobs display case.

    • YepYepYep says:

      Think she’s probably slim or regular in real life. The camera adds like 30 pounds and actresses are all extremely thin (as Emma Thompson recently noted).

  10. chumsley says:

    In what universe does she need to lose weight, the bizarro universe? While I think that black dress with the cutouts she’s wearing in these pictures is unflattering, you can still tell that she has a great figure!

  11. hangonamin says:

    that dress is doing her no favors. if that’s not a loan and she bought that dress, she needs to return it. there are so many silhouettes for an hourglass figure and those cutouts create a really weird illusion. same with the dress with puff sleeves…it just really messes with her proportions. otherwise, she’s beautiful as she is.

  12. Annalise says:

    I think Bryce has an amazing body. I would gladly trade my firstborn for her figure.
    And I love her bangs! It’s true that some women just have big/weird foreheads, and bangs just really suit them. You know who else looks MUCH better with bangs (to me)? Dakota Johnson. I saw a pic of her bang-less and was struck by how much it changed her face.
    Let’s be honest, not at bangs are created equal, there are really good bangs and really bad bangs, they must be judged on an individual basis, it’s the American way.

  13. Annalise says:

    I think Bryce has an amazing body. I would gladly trade my firstborn for her figure.
    And I love her bangs! It’s true that some women just have big/weird foreheads, and bangs just really suit them. You know who else looks MUCH better with bangs (to me)? Dakota Johnson. I saw a pic of her bang-less and was struck by how much it changed her face.
    Let’s be honest, bangs range widely in quality, there are really good bangs and really bad bangs, they must be judged on an individual basis, it’s the American way.

  14. MangoAngelesque says:

    I like her bangs. She looks beautiful. I don’t understand the constant bangs-hate. They look great on some people, and Bryce is one of them.

  15. AnneL says:

    She is so pretty it’s ridiculous and has a lovely figure. But of course they wanted her to lose weight. Hollywood thinness standards are bananas.

    I am just imagining what it was like for her when she did “The Help” and another movie I remember her in, “50/50” with Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon Levitt. She was VERY thin in those two movies. In “The Help” she was rocking those 60s fashions and must have been a size 2, maybe 4. Tiny.

    I hope she didn’t have to starve herself for those parts but she probably had to diet. She was younger then so it would have been easier to lose weight, but still.

    Anyway, I’m glad the director (finally) stood up for her.

  16. Jocey says:

    She’s gorgeous, and I’m glad that the director spoke up, but like you said, UGH. Why only just now? No one should have been giving her notes on her weight in the previous movies or, you know, ever. Gross.

    Her bangs… they look good on her but I don’t know how she can stand having the ends so low on her face. My Halloween costume this year is her Jurassic Park character (from the most recent one, because flannel is cozy and I live in a cold place) and involves a red wig with bangs more or less like hers and I’m glad I only have to wear it for one evening because the feeling of hair touching my eyebrows kind of makes my skin crawl. Maybe real hair would feel less irritating than synthetic though.

  17. YepYepYep says:

    She always looks great on the red carpet. Good for her.