Bryce Dallas Howard Explains Why She Wore High Heels Throughout ‘Jurassic World’

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The park reopened in a big way Tuesday as Universal and Legendary pulled out all the stops for the premiere of “Jurassic World” at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

The Babylonian arch at the Hollywood and Highland complex was covered to make it look like the famous entrance of the dino theme park. Stars Chris Pratt (with wife Anna Faris), Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio and director Colin Trevorrow were greeted in the courtyard by fans on all levels of the shopping mall above screaming their appreciation.

At the lavish after-party at the Dolby ballroom, Pratt took the stage with Jimmy Buffett to sing “Margaritaville.” “You know the words,” Pratt exhorted the crowd. Buffett played a set for the crowd with producer Frank Marshall backing on guitar.

Howard said at the party that she was skeptical when she first considered a part in the film, but that all changed after meeting with Trevorrow.

“I went from nervousness to unabashed enthusiasm to be a part of this movie after talking with him,” Howard said.

She also added that while she and Pratt had great chemistry during filming, it was the bond she shared with a choice of footwear that came as a surprise.

“I think my dad is going to be more scared that I ran around the entire film in high heels than any dinosaur chasing after me,” she said. “At the beginning I was kind of against the idea of wearing them, but then one day while looking at the terrain prior to a shoot, I just looked at Colin and said, ‘I think I’ll keep the shoes on.'”

Also in attendance were Universal’s Jeff Shell, Ron Meyer, Donna Langley, Jimmy Horowitz and Peter Cramer, Legendary’s Thomas Tull, pic’s Ty Simpkins, Peter Fonda, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello.

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  1. rusty says:

    LOL. This one little detail ruined the entire movie for me. Anyone running from a dinosaur in heels deserves to be eaten! Much faster characters wearing much more practical footware were eaten no problem. The main character never dies, but is that any excuse for that ridiculous t-rex scene. “Hold on, before you open the enclosure, I need to put my heels on…

  2. Roger says:

    I don’t see the problem. Have you ever seen fashionistas at a shoe sale? God help the T-Rex that try’s to take a woman’s Manolo Blahniks!

  3. Rabbit85 says:

    That was less an explanation than a line thrown to get the fish to bite. Besides the insanity of the heels on a female main character have never gone to movie where I actually hoped for characters to be eaten/die. Howard’s character only redeemed herself at the end of the film. Prior to that she was on my “hitlist”.

    • Um… It does explain it clearly. If you suspend disbelief enough about the custom dinosaurs etc, there are still way too many plot holes and coincidences to keep this from being the awesome movie it could have been. It says Howard discussed this subject with the director or whoever and she herself decided to keep them on why? because it makes her look “hot” right? So her own vanity made the movie even more silly. If she were intelligent enough she should have said that her character was more concerned about protecting her feet from glass and debris but I guess that is too much to ask from a Hollywood actress.

      • Non-entity says:

        “…but then one day while looking at the terrain prior to a shoot, I just looked at Colin and said, ‘I think I’ll keep the shoes on.’”

  4. Xavier says:

    there are photos of her running in flats, she didn’t wear them in any shot where her feet werent seen.

    • willsied8 says:

      Um…no, she does not explain clearly. She says she looked at the terrain and decided to keep them on. That is not an explanation. What about the terrain made her want to keep them on? How does she justify the choice for the character and the circumstances throughout the film, in which the contradiction of wearing heels on and still running at full speed is ridiculous. You say the reason is that she wants to look hot. She never says that, and that would seem to have nothing to do with terrain, which is what she does mention.

    • In the final scene, when her character opened the door with the flare and she KNEW she had to haul butt, she was clearly wearing them and that was ridiculous. One could deduce that she had them on the whole time then.

  5. Johnny white says:

    #FalseAdvertising – BDH does not explain WHY she wore the high heels – let’s hear it… why??!! Let’s hear it from the director

    • joeybrite says:

      Exactly. Wrong title for the article altogether. Misleading and there’s another one for this publication about ‘Why Emma Stone turned down a Ghostbusters reboot’ that I won’t even look at because the writing is so poor.

  6. nixonsays says:

    It’s not that hard to run in high heels if they are quality shoes (I assume they were, since she seemed loaded), and you are well used to walking in them. Plus, I would think her footwear was the last of her worries, guys.

  7. Milo says:

    But, this is what made Bryce Dallas Howard fun to watch running in her high heel! I have much more respect for her to do that.

  8. joeybrite says:

    damn stupid that her character was in those things the entire film. gives a terrible example to young females. she could have at least grabbed a pair of tennis shoes from the broken windows of the trampled stores in the amusement park near the end. ridiculous. even young girl;ls in the theater commented on how stupid of a choice that was.

  9. bytesbull says:

    That’s one hot lady in those high heels. Sorry someone had to say it.

  10. Eli Pacheco says:

    I loved that she kicked butt in heels and business attire. She reminded me of Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone at the end. However, I wish the intent was some sort of play on girl power or empowerment, not just not wanting to step on sharp things barefoot.

    I’ll take it, though.

  11. pwp says:

    I had been looking forward to this movie for a year and – aside from the dinosaurs, I just kept wishing for her to get eaten. In high heels, wearing an unlikely outfit- a caricature of woman in the typical Hollywood stereotyping. It ruined the movie for me. I saw each of the other movies multiple times- not this one ever

    • Pedro says:

      What is unlikely about a businesswoman wearing a taileur and heels?

      It’s not like she got a memo there would be a catastrophe that day, a decade after the park running smoothly. Or that she would halt the serach for her nephews to go back to the hotel and change.

      And if SHOES ruin a movie for you…

  12. J L says:

    Bryce is such a foxy honey.

  13. karl says:

    great non-answer about the footwear. it’s ridiculous she wore them. unlike lucy who plays a bad-ass assassin which calls for a suspension of disbelief, howard’s character was supposed to be more realistic.

    • MR says:

      yes movies about modern day dinosaurs are of course supposed to be more realistic. cmon!!!

    • Pedro says:

      Her character is a businesswoman that deals with numbers, money, prospective sponsors.

      It would be unrealistic if she wore sneakers for that position.

      Or that, conviniently, after 10 years of smooth operation, she were dressed for the jungle by coincidence on the exact day of the outbreak.

      • rowan77 says:

        Her character lives on the island. There are also stores all over the visitor center. There is no reason why she would not have been able to put on a pair of flats or sneakers or sandals before going after her nephews. In fact it would have been a moment that shows she’s not an idiot. They just wanted the woman to look sexy in heels. She would have looked just as lovely with flats.

    • Phil says:

      Yes a movie about a theme park with living dinosaurs in the 21st century is considered realistic.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:


  14. Arfy Warfy says:

    Oh great… a remake of a remake of a part 3 of a movie… stupid Hollywood. No new ideas… just remakes and trash.

  15. Hailey says:

    Oooooh, that explained everything! [Loaded sarcasm]

  16. leftybegone says:

    Where’s the part where she does what the headline says she does? Where does she explain WHY she kept the shoes on? “I think I’ll keep the shoes on” does not explain why. Stupid headline.

    • Ella says:

      She didn’t actually explain why she wore high heels, she just explained why she didn’t take them off once filming was underway.

    • Idzumi says:

      really? maybe the article didn’t download correctly (sarcasm)

    • ro obit says:

      That was exactly what I thought when I read this… I was looking for the next page of the article. Guess what? There isn’t one. Thanks for wasting my time Justin… You’re a great writer…somebody fire this guy.

  17. Mantle Head says:

    Wow, Jimmy Buffett has more than one song… wow! Am I the only one who hates that stupid song? One song… one song that spawned a Buffett corporation… the only song that is as near in the hype-is-crap meter is, ‘American Pie…’ Worst song of all time…

  18. Ishmael says:

    i heard she wore them to help her posture. Clearly it works.

  19. EveKleves says:

    That’s it? That’s the article following a screaming title? In Variety? Lame. Lame. Lame.

  20. Sagesteve says:

    Don’t like Pendulous tits! Keep THOSE hidden…please!

  21. My Jurassic Pants says:

    Bryce Dallas Howard…DAYAM! Looks amazing in that dress. She needs to work more, she’s always great.

  22. Riveting, guys. Absolutely riveting.

  23. S says:

    So, in her mind, the alternative to wearing high heels is being barefoot? That’s… I… really???

  24. Henrik D.R. says:

    Since Chris comments that she wouldn’t survive two hours in that shoes, I where surprised that she never finds any boots, while they find all kind of weapons in the movie…

  25. O. says:

    OR -maybe- someone who decides things think women are hotter in high heels?

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