From the moment Bryce Dallas Howard walked in, her smile lit up the room. She truly has a presence about her…the warm, welcoming, can be everyone best friend’s kind of presence that makes people gravitate to her. I loved chatting with her about her role as Grace in the film and a few tidbits about her life, it honestly felt more like a conversation than an interview. Bryce Dallas Howard is pretty awesome!

Bryce Dallas Howard and Leanette Fernandez

Bryce Dallas Howard Shares 11 Fun Facts about herself. Plus, she also shared a fun fact about Robert Redford and David Lowery! Here’s what she had to say:

Bryce Dallas Howard Interview

  • Bryce Dallas Howard has a sweet spot for the 1977 version of Pete’s Dragon and watched it over and over again as a kid.
  • When she heard that they were making this film, she sought it out just out of curiosity, not because she thought there was a role for her.
  • After reading the script she thought it was really beautiful and it reminder her of “the Disney films that I watched as a child that were quite defining for me and emotional and really sort of cemented this idea of kind of like American values or something.”
  • She thought working with Robert Redford was phenomenal…”when you’re around him you feel so much peace because…it seems like he has arrived at that place for himself…and just being in this really serene environment and having these long awesome conversations with him, I mean it’s less a conversation and more just me peppering him with questions, I mean it was, it was incredible…it was just wonderful getting to learn from him and to be around him and admire him and see that he has the most incredible head of hair.”

**Robert Redford Fun Fact: He has never dyed his hair.

  • Her kids went to school in New Zealand while they were filming…30 years after she went as a kid while her dad filmed Willow.
  • All of the kids on set with her kids reminded Bryce of when she was a kid and her dad was making Parenthood and she was seven years old because she was on set every day surrounded by kids her own age.
  • Getting to ride on Elliot was one of her most memorable moments while filming. They were in hysterics that whole day.

Bryce Dallas Howard in Pete's Dragon

  • She finds that Disney movies are 50% entertainment and 50% therapeutic because they deal with loss and it prepares you for what is ahead and “for the commonalities within the human experience.”
  • Her favorite Disney movie is Little Mermaid…as a child she would put on a leotard and then tie her legs together and throw herself in the pool.

** The Little Mermaid is also David Lowery’s, the director of Pete’s Dragon, favorite Disney movie as well.

  • She was really moved by the movie and surprised by how much after watching it for the first time with her husband.
  • Bryce grew in Connecticut in the woods and would really love for her children to experience being “surrounded by nature and being in a serene state where there is no fear and you could just kind of be there.”

I really enjoyed interviewing her!!!!

Leanette Fernandez interviewing Bryce Dallas Howard

Be sure to check out the “Bryce Dallas How-To” clip about making Dragon Cupcakes…it’s really funny

Pete’s Dragon flies into theaters on August 12th!

Pete's Dragon Poster

“Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

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