Bryce Dallas Howard saw Jurassic Park opening weekend in 1993, but only after her parents screened it first. Her father praised the film as “cinema history,” and when the 12 year-old did see it, she said it was indeed an experience.
“It elevated what was possible in cinema overnight,” she said. “It was an incredible experience I’ll never forget, only rivaled by the experience of getting to actually be in a Jurassic movie!”
The anecdote reveals much about Howard as I sit to talk with her in Hawaii, after having spent a few days exploring the Oahu sets from Jurassic World. The actress immediately strikes me as a movie nerd, and as an individual very present in the moment and quick with a laugh.
We spoke briefly about how amazing Hawaii is, and how ancient the land feels – which makes it appropriate as the Jurassic theme park setting. She shared that she was offered the role of park operations manager Claire by Colin Trevorrow while he was in Hawaii – not long after her first chat about the role – and how surreal it was to be on the island shortly after, and then returning a year later to talk about this week’s DVD/Blu-ray release of Jurassic World.
In the video below, Howard is on point and playful. Howard tells me about Claire’s arc in the Jurassic World sequel, and how Trevorrow has been thinking about the future of a world where dinos have gotten to the mainland. She says it will be a movie about ideas, with exploration about relevant topics such as genetic modifications. We also cover ground about how awkward things will get with her onscreen sister (Judy Greer) after Claire has nearly gotten her nephews killed. She also jokes about being a Mother of Dragons, considering she’s gone from Jurassic World to next year’s Pete’s Dragon remake. We even discuss hiring tips for the fictional company InGen.
But, by far, you want to stick around for the dino poop talk, where Howard discusses a Jurassic World bonus scene that has her applying dung to her person.