- 09:06 AM, Apr 25
Able to capture full attention from the audience through her stunning performances that have been brilliantly displayed in the projects she joined to make them see her for herself only instead of merely a daughter of renowned director Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard sure is one promising young talent worth noticing among other starlets of her generation. The oldest of four children the filmmaker has with his wife, a writer named Cheryl Alley, Bryce was born on March 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, and spent most of her early life in Greenwich, Connecticut where she attended and graduated from Greenwich Country Day School in 1996. Though initially denied her fondness in acting due to her frustration over people's assumption that she would follow her father to work in film industry, the overwhelming desire turned out to be really hard to resist as she grew up so that the girl finally gave in during her mid teens.
Already got slight taste of cinematic experience through brief appearances in "Parenthood" (1989) and "Apollo 13" (1995), Bryce thus enrolled in the New York University Tisch School of the Arts to study drama while persistently honed her craft at the Stella Adler Conservatory to then see herself involving in a handful of stage productions before eventually earned her BFA degree in 2003. Much to this lovely redhead's surprise, the year unexpectedly also turned out to be the turning point in her life when she was approached by director M. Night Shyamalan after he witnessed her performance in a Broadway presentation of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Deeply taken by her fine talent, the filmmaker instantly revealed his intention to give her the lead part in his next feature and without conducting any auditions, directly submitted the beauty's name alongside Joaquin Phoenix's plus Adrien Brody's in the cast list.
Entitled "The Village" (2004), the picture sure was such a great vehicle for Bryce to pave her way in Hollywood as it satisfyingly garnered more than 114 million U.S dollar in its domestic gross, even later wonderfully led her to secure a nomination at MTV Movie Awards in Breakthrough Female category by 2005. Undoubtedly rising to widespread prominence following the success, the road therefore was rather velvety for the actress to undergo since roles kept coming in afterwards, like in "Manderlay" (2005), "As You Like It", and "Lady in the Water", the latter two both