Both of Ron Howard’s parents, Rance and Jean Speegle Howard, were actors. Brother Clint is an actor. His wife, Cheryl, is an actor.
Small wonder that two of Howard’s four children followed into the family business. Unlike their dad, however, Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard did not enter the business at an early age. In fact, the girls grew up in Connecticut, and they were not interrupting school days to go on auditions.
“They wanted to get into it, and you could see in the school plays that they had talent and could get cast,” Howard says. “But I wanted them to go into it with their eyes open, and I wouldn’t let them go in as children. Both went to NYU and had really ambitious student careers. They went to Amsterdam, Steppenwolf summer programs, really learning their craft. And my attitude was, if this is something you want to do, and it’s an adult decision, far be it for me to stand in the way. My only advice was, you’d better love the process and not be hung up on the result. Results are fleeting.”
Bryce got her break on the stage, starring in a production of “As You Like It” that M. Night Shyamalan saw. He cast her in the lead of his thriller “The Village” and again in “Lady in the Water,” and she recently completed a role in “Terminator Salvation.”
Paige makes her feature debut in the ensemble cast of “Adventureland,” the new film by Greg Mottola that will be released in March.