Bryce Dallas Howard on his empowering role in Jurassic World Dominion, his love of stunts and dinosaurs
She loves epic stunts
The day before our conversation, a global press group took part in an epic recreation of Claire’s rooftop raptor hunting scene at the Malta Maritime Museum. I tell Dallas Howard that doing a stunt scene was out of my comfort zone, but it was exhilarating and empowering. The actress shared that she also loved the stunts in the film, having done more in this film than the previous two.
“I love, love, love doing stunts. I love working closely with my stuntman. In this case, it was a woman named Sarah McLachlan, who is amazing and she’s [been] dubbing me for the last two movies and she’s still trying to choreograph the stunt and practice me to see it so I can do it myself.
She continues, “But if it’s something that’s too dangerous, that requires a higher skill set than I have access to, then she’ll do it. There are definitely a number of stunts that Sarah has done, like jumping over buildings here in Malta, but that’s just something I love, because when you identify specific stunt challenges, like ” Oh, that’s the scene where I go underwater, that’s the scene where I do the thing with a knife,” you keep that in your head and then you can practice and prepare for it. you pull it, and it’s done, you’re like, ‘Oh look, I did it!’ and that’s just wonderful. I think human beings like to have goals and then achieve them. It’s just kind of an inherent quality and that’s what I love so much about this stuff.
Capturing the feminine strength and spirit in Jurassic World Dominion
Something Dallas Howard enjoyed working on the jurassic world frankness is that she is very pro-feminine. “If you think about it, when this started, all the dinosaurs were female,” says Dallas Howard. “They are the idealization of female strength and power.”
Howard is a firm believer that there is no fiercer animal in any species than a mother trying to protect her young and that is exactly what we see in Jurassic World Dominion. As a mother herself, Howard connected with the film’s theme of the power of the female spirit and strength.
She said, “Michael Crichton [author of Jurassic Park books] truly captured the power of female spirit, intellect and strength in creating the character of Dr.. Ellie Sattler, then Sarah Harding and I remember reading the books and watching the movies and feeling like I saw myself. My grandfather is a scientist and I was great at science as a kid. So to see someone who was a doctor and was part of the plot and was brought into the story and not because she was married to someone and not because she was in love with someone, but because she is an expert herself, it was a gift.”