Trained at the Tisch School of the Arts program at New York University, and with a background working on the New York stage, Bryce Dallas Howard has already amassed an impressive list of film credits. As part of such franchises as Spider-Man, Terminator and now The Twilight Saga, the actress is balancing big-budget blockbusters with smaller independent roles, including her latest in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, from an original Tennessee Williams screenplay.
During the press day for that film, Bryce Dallas Howard gave some hints about her role in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, her involvement in the Clint Eastwood supernatural thriller Hereafter, and whether she’ll return for Spider-Man 4.
Read what she had to say after the jump:
Question: This is a great time in your career, being in such big franchises as Spider-Man, Terminator and The Twilight Saga, and you got to do this recently re-discovered, long-lost Tennessee Williams film, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. What is this period in your life like right now?
Bryce: I just feel really lucky. To get to originate a Tennessee Williams heroine is not anything that I ever thought to even go for. You don’t think that those kinds of roles would ever be available. It was extraordinary. For me, whether or not a film has some kind of massive budget or is an independent film, or however it’s getting made, it’s always about the filmmaker and, hopefully, being a vessel for the filmmaker’s vision. That’s what really attracts me to projects.
What are they doing to your look for Eclipse, since you are stepping in to play an already established character?
Bryce: I’m wearing a wig for that film, so that there’s a very grounded visual continuity for the character, which is critical.
Isn’t it a bigger role in the third film?
Bryce: Well, as written in the book, Victoria becomes the primary predator of Bella in Eclipse.
You’re going to be doing the Clint Eastwood film Hereafter next. What can you say about that?
Bryce: Oh, goodness, that’s actually the first question I’ve had about that. I want to be careful because I haven’t spoken to anyone on the film, as far as what I can share. But, it’s a Clint Eastwood film, written by Peter Morgan and starring Matt Damon. I play opposite him. It’s an incredible story. I’m really going to be totally vague because I don’t want to speak out of turn. I just got hired.
Since it’s a supernatural thriller, isn’t that new territory for Clint?
Bryce: Oh, possibly!
Are you going to return for Spider-Man 4
Bryce: I don’t know. But, that was always how it was. I’m just really glad that it’s going to be Sam [Raimi] and Tobey [Maguire] and Kirsten [Dunst] because they’re the epicenter of that franchise. Other than the fact that it’s Spider-Man, they’re responsible for that. They’re incredible and totally dedicated.