A Minute With: Bryce Dallas Howard in "Teardrop"

Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:44pm EST
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - After starring opposite giant robots in the action movie "Terminator: Salvation," Bryce Dallas Howard plays a debutante in 1920s Memphis in the film drama "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond."

Based on an original Tennessee Williams screenplay, the independent film opens on Friday in major U.S. cities before expanding across the United States January 8.

Howard, daughter of producer/director Ron Howard, sat down to talk to Reuters about her busy year that included not just acting in movies, but also launching a screenwriting and producing career.

Q: How does it feel to originate a Tennessee Williams character?

A: "When I was in drama school, whoever was assigned the Tennessee Williams scene was the luckiest because it was always the juiciest, sexiest and most dangerous scene. So to originate a Tennessee Williams heroine is something that never, ever occurred to me as a possibility."

Q: You shot it shortly after having a baby with husband Seth Gabel.

A: "Literally two weeks after giving birth, I was working on the part, learning to play the piano. I was worried that it was a huge responsibility and I wouldn't be able to rise to the occasion. (Director) Jodie Markell was so helpful. She's a mom as well, and she kept talking me through it. Once we started shooting, I was lucky to have a character to lose myself in. I had to let certain things go, like fixating all day long in how I could be a better parent or how I'm a terrible parent or how I should be doing more as a parent."

Q: You grew up on your dad's sets and were always an extra in his movies. How does that affect you today?   Continued...