Bryce Dallas Howard: ‘It’s a Good Time to Be a Woman in This Business’

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Bryce Dallas Howard has once again defended her “Jurassic World” character’s high heels, this time expanding on the wardrobe choice’s significance in Hollywood’s current discussion about gender politics.

“She’s in high heels because she’s a woman who has been in high heels her whole life and she can f—ing sprint in them,” Howard said of her character in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “She can. ​That’s kind of how I perceived it.​ She doesn’t have to be in menswear and flats in order to outrun a T. rex. That’s what women can do.”

She went on to address the public’s reaction to her role. “I feel really relieved at the amount of sensitivity that people have to women and women’s roles in films, particularly large films… I did appreciate the fact that people wanted to ensure that it’s important for there to be female characters and roles where they do go on a journey and they aren’t just a function of the plot. And so that’s something that is a really important conversation to continue.”

Howard added, “I think it’s a good time to be a woman in this business and people are more outspoken.”

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As for whether she’ll be trudging through the jungle in stilettos in the film’s sequel, which will bow in 2018, Howard suggested that she will not. “When I found out there was going to be a sequel and that I was going to be in it, the way that I found out was that Colin texted me ‘#NoHeels2018.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah!'”

Howard has been discussing her character’s footwear since the film premiered in June.

“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 premiere. “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.’”