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Bryce Dallas Howard Reveals Dad Ron Howard Wouldn’t Let Her Become a Child Actor

Bryce Dallas Howard Reveals Dad Ron Howard Wouldn’t Let Her Become a Child Actor

Bryce Dallas Howard wanted to be a child actor early on in her life, but her father Ron Howard and mother Cheryl said no. She might not have fully understood, but Howard soon noticed that she had other opportunities to work and gain an income.

Howard revealed this part of her life during an interview with People. “I think if I had the chance to act younger, I would’ve taken it, Bryce Dallas Howard said. “But I wasn’t allowed to. My parents were very firm on that boundary, that they were not going to support anyone who wanted to be a child actor.”

Bryce Dallas Howard Took on Other Jobs

In closing the door to child acting, Ron and Cheryl Howard directed Bryce to other opportunities. And yes, she took full advantage of them.

“I started working as a waitress on the weekends at a deli, and it was fantastic,” she recalled. “Because I was 14, I needed to get a waiver from my parents to be on a payroll, and honestly, I was like, ‘This is great.’ I just wanted to be working in the world, and then I worked in an allergy control product center on an assembly line at a factory, and then as a babysitter, a nanny, a dog walker and all of that.”

When undertaking all these different jobs, Bryce had a chance to learn different skills. Who knows how, where, or when they might pop up in her life. These experiences, though, lay the groundwork for Bryce Dallas Howard to turn her attention to acting.

“I’m really glad that they did that because when I did start acting, it took a while to make a living,” she said. “To be able to be like, ‘Oh, okay. I can actually support myself with this.’”

Right now, Bryce Dallas Howard has a role in the movie Argylle, which has not performed well at the box office. That said, she has one heck of a resume in movies like the Jurassic World franchise, Spider-Man 3, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She’s also gotten into television work as well through The Mandalorian and The Book of Baba Fett.

Ron Howard Knew About the Life of a Child Star

All this talk of being a child actor brings back memories of Bryce Dallas Howard’s award-winning father, Ron Howard. He got his start on The Andy Griffith Show as Opie Taylor, a good son who rarely got into trouble. Howard grew into his teen years on that show, moving along for a brief stint opposite Henry Fonda in The Smith Family. He then hit it big again by playing Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.

Bryce Dallas Howard finds herself chatting it up with her father about movies. “But it’s usually admiring people’s work and kind of gushing about things,” she said. “Or sharing crazy stories that turned around, or just fun things. It’s so wonderful to get to be in an industry with family members, for me at least, because I’m not alone in it.”