Photo of Bryce Dallas Howard Bryce Dallas Howard

The daughter of Oscar-winning actor-director Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard was born in Los Angeles on March 2, 1981. The actress inherited her father's iconic red hair, but she chose not to use his name for the first part of her career, enrolling simply as "Bryce Dallas" in New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

After honing her skills in the theater world, the virtually unknown Howard landed a plum role in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, stepping in to play a part that was originally intended for Kirsten Dunst. Her performance as a sheltered blind girl proved sufficiently haunting and generated serious buzz.

Howard reteamed with Shyamalan for Lady in the Water and later played a fitting Shakespearean lady in As You Like It, earning a Golden Globe nod. She also donned platinum locks to play Peter Parker's love interest Gwen Stacy in the big-budget Spider-Man 3.

Bryce Dallas Howard in Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon

2016 PG

When a mysterious 10-year-old boy, Pete, turns up, claiming to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, it's up to a forest ranger, Grace, and the young Natalie to learn where the boy came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this magical dragon.

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