Did you like Jurassic Park as a kid? Did it terrify you? It’s back in a big way today with Jurassic World, so we could think of no better time to sit down with one of its stars, Bryce Dallas Howard. Howard let us in on advice from her Dad, dance parties with Chris Pratt and her Mom’s killer waffle recipe…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I think I pretty much eat the same foods every day. I take breakfast very seriously. I always begin my day with a cup of Gunpowder tea (from Venice) with a pat of grass-fed butter melted in it, which makes the whole thing silky and delicious, and then I add just a hint of Stevia to sweeten it up a bit. I follow it up with a spinach and goat cheese omelette with bacon lardons on the side, and the whole plate is dusted with almonds. On the weekends, I love to make homemade creamy hollandaise sauce as a treat. Since I am usually on-the-go, I tend to have a quick snack instead of a full lunch. I love to eat slices of salami, cubed cheese, and raw almonds. I also love a slice of Paleo bread with avocado, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt — something quick, easy, and satisfying. My ideal dinner would definitely be meat — Rib eye to be specific. I would also take the American Wagyu beef at Wolfgang Pucks’ CUT any day of the week and on Sundays! Pair that with a side of kale and a squeeze of lemon and I am one happy camper! As for my beverage of choice throughout the day, I just got into making homemade almond milk. I like to drink it slightly heated with cinnamon and a splash of fragrant vanilla extract. I can also always be found with a huge mason jar of reverse-osmosis water on me. My friends always joke that I’m walking around with moonshine. Sometimes I add a dash of salt to the water for extra hydration.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Most of the time, I try to listen to my body for cues to what I need to be doing. As I get older, I find that I’m more in tune with myself than when I was younger. I eat pretty simply, and truth be told, I don’t think about food too much. My friends joke that I could eat the same meal over and over again for weeks. I have found that I do far better with whole foods that are high in fat rather than high in starch. A few months ago while I was on location, I watched the documentary Fed Up, and the instant the credits rolled, I decided to give up sugar — including fructose. I cut it out cold turkey! Will I always eat this way? Who knows? But the information on what sugar does to the body scared the absolute crap out of me! I thought it might be a difficult transition for me since I love milk chocolate so much, but I was genuinely surprised how easy it was for me to follow through with my sugar strike. Since starting this, I have far more energy, can see a difference in my skin, and the quality of my sleep has improved dramatically.
In regards to keeping active, the Shaun T T25 videos are brilliant, and once a week I practice restorative yoga. I’ve gone through phases where I’ve done Pilates, Bikram Yoga, and tried more boutique-style workout classes and have enjoyed them all. I tend to switch it up a bit to keep myself interested and to give my body new challenges. No matter what my current favorite exercise is, I always try to walk and keep my body moving as much as I can.
How do you always start your day?
I wake up and, without fail, I do two things: I make my bed (even if I’m in a hotel), and I write one sentence in my intention journal, saying my intention for that day. One mantra I repeat often is, “Today, I intend to mother myself.” When I focus on mothering myself, I find that I take far better care of myself. It is the little things – like remembering to eat my veggies and get a good night’s sleep – that really make a difference in my well-being and health. I have a pretty quick beauty routine in the morning. I splash my face with cold water rather than doing a full wash with a cleanser, and I put on some moisturizer. I use a custom-made moisturizer by Terri Lawton that has transformed my skin. I typically don’t wear any makeup, just some sunscreen and Dior lip oil. I perm and dye my lashes, and this helps keep my beauty routine to a minimum during the day.
My nighttime routine consists of a homemade cocktail of oils that removes any dirt or makeup. It is a mix of almond, jojoba, and olive oils. I worship my Clarisonic. I use it with Cosmedix Face Wash and follow up with a refining treatment for any spots. I dab on some Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm by Elizabeth Arden, and I round out my routine with a custom-blended Terri Lawton moisturizer. I try to keep my beauty routines pretty simple when I am not working.
Did you watch Jurassic Park growing up? Did you like it?
I saw it on opening weekend! I remember my first Jurassic Park experience so vividly. I walked out and thought, “What just happened?!?!” I was completely sucked into Steven Spielberg’s world of wonder and terror, and I loved every second of it! It was such a quintessential movie-going experience. Everything from the story, to the music and the incredible effects made me a Jurassic Park groupie in an instant.
What was it like shooting Jurassic World?
On one hand, I was like a kid in a candy store as I stepped onto these incredible sets and worked with these stunning animatronic creatures. But on the other hand, I know I and the rest of the gang felt the weight of doing justice to the previous films and honoring the incredible storytelling that came before us. I loved every second of shooting, and who wouldn’t when working with folks like Colin [Trevorrow], Chris [Pratt], and the rest of the cast and crew?
Funniest thing Chris Pratt did on set…
Chris is a blast; we would start and end every day with a spontaneous dance party. That dude is pretty much a walking party.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from your dad [actor/director Ron Howard]?
Save my money — because as a freelance actor, you never know when there will be a feast or a famine.
Advice you’ve given him…
Oh, this is easy; it was to let my mom pick out his clothes, as my dad is color-blind.
Did you guys cook together when you were growing up? What would you cook?
My mom has a killer waffle recipe! It is legendary in our family. I have such great memories of the house filling with the amazing smell of batter cooking on the hot waffle iron during the weekends. She would make a big pile for the whole family, and we would all gather to indulge, catch up and enjoy some downtime together. During the week, since I was the oldest, it was my job to make breakfast in the mornings for the entire family. So while I consider myself inept in the kitchen in many ways, breakfast is one meal where I know I can shine.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
My favorite spots in LA are a coffee shop — Lamill Coffee, on Silverlake Blvd. — and a vintage furniture shop across the street from it — Rubbish. Over the years, we’ve bought almost all of our furniture from there. For my splurge, I absolutely love the steak at CUT, and while it’s reserved for only very special occasions, no birthday or anniversary ever goes by without a visit there.
In Big Bear, there is an exquisite French restaurant called Madlon’s. It might be my favorite restaurant in the world. It’s owned by a couple with eight kids. They are both Le Cordon Bleu-trained chefs, and their restaurant feels all at once sophisticated and relaxed. They have an amazing brunch, but I really love being able to have a date night there with my husband.
The Instagram accounts you can’t live without…
Hold onto your hats, as this is going to be a shocker: I am not on Instagram, and I don’t follow anyone! Isn’t that crazy? My dad is far hipper than I am!
Five things you’re coveting right now…
In no particular order, I would have to say:
1. Several books I’ve reserved from Amazon: I have a rule that I don’t let myself buy any more books until I have finished the ones I’m currently reading. A few I am excited about purchasing next are Gratitude Works by Robert Emmons, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande, and The Corner Office by Adam Bryant.
2. A trip to the artist’s colony at Villa Lena
3. Notebooks from Postalco
4. The Céline Cabas Phantom
5. Jennifer Meyer Thin Stack Rings
6. Chanel Rouge Coco 446 Etienne. I wore that color to the LA premiere of Jurassic World and it stayed on all night.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead who would be there? What would you cook?
I would have my Dad’s Mom (my Grandmother) who was one of the most amazing women I have ever known, and probably any four relatives she would pick from her family who I never got to meet, such as her parents, grandparents, sister, etc. I’m so interested in my family’s genealogy and would be fascinated to have dinner with them. In regards to what I would cook: I would do a Pot Roast in a crock-pot. That way, I could focus on the conversation and feel relaxed about the dinner, since the crock-pot is foolproof.