Bryce Dallas Howard on the 'Constant Question' of Working Moms

01/04/2010 at 08:00 AM ET
Bauer Griffin

When Bryce Dallas Howard was cast as the lead in M. Night Shyamalan‘s Lady in the Water, little did she know that her life was about to undergo an even bigger milestone. Not long after the film wrapped the 28-year-old actress learned she was expecting her first child — Theodore ‘Theo’ Norman, now 2 ½ — with husband Seth Gabel.

Motherhood forced Bryce, daughter of actor-director Ron Howard, to move her career from the fast lane to the slow lane, at least temporarily. “The first two years before my son started preschool I didn’t work much because it was like, ‘How are we going to juggle it?'” she reveals in a new interview.

“And now that he’s in preschool, working outside of L.A. is like this whole other thing because I can’t be away from him for more than a few days. It’s a constant question, but like with any working mother, it’s something that you figure out.”

Fortunately, Theo’s nanny has been beneficial in more ways than one! Bryce credits her with teaching the actress a believable Southern accent for her new role in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. “She’s from South Carolina, a real southern belle,” Bryce reveals. “To hear her all the time, it’s like ‘You’re kidding me. Really? You sound like that?”

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is in limited release now.


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Alicia on

Why are kids starting school so young? It’s ridiculous.

Alice on

Well preschool is not full days is it? It’s more like a big playdate… quite normal for toddlers.

Liliana on

Alice, that’s the case for my son. He’s 2 1/2 and attends what some may deem preschool two days a week from 9-12. I’m sure a similar program is had by Theo.

It’s definitely nowhere near classes Monday through Friday, 8-3.

Sarah on

When I was just a few months old, my mom put me in daycare because she had to work. I mean, daycare really helps working moms and it helps socialize kids early.

Sobi on

Yes, Bryce, we Southern Belles really do sound “like that.”

Michelle on

Puleez…sorry, maybe I’m jaded, but it’s laughable when rich mothers wonder how they will “juggle it all”. Try working 40 hours with no nannies or housekeepers. Then talk to me about juggling it all.

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