Bryce Dallas Howard Dishes On Theo's Movie Debut

01/05/2010 at 06:00 PM ET
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Her dream of being directed by her father Ron Howard has yet to become a reality, but there is already one member of Bryce Dallas Howard‘s household that has beat her to the punch: her 2 ½-year-old son Theodore ‘Theo’ Norman!

In a new interview with PARADE, Bryce admits she is “desperate for my dad to direct me,” but while she continues to hold out hope, her precocious baby boy has stepped into the spotlight. “[My dad] made a little movie with his grandson the other day. It was adorable, it was really cute,” she reveals.

“It was Theo running around asking people to play with him, and everyone was quite busy and then, eventually, he asked my mom — and, you know, he was kind of down-trodden at that point — and my mom said, ‘Hey, Theo. Do you want to play with me?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah,’ and then they played. It was epic. A little comedy, a little tragedy.”

And while the short home movie may be Theo’s official debut on the screen, it was certainly not his first time in front of the camera! Keeping his mom company as she filmed her latest movie The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, Theo can also be seen — albeit a bit undercover — during Bryce’s scenes in Terminator Salvation.

“I found out later that I’d actually been in my first days of pregnancy during all those action scenes,” she says.

“That freaked me out a little bit. But that was his first visit to a set, inside my tummy.”

Theo is Bryce’s first child with husband Seth Gabel. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is now in select theaters.

Source: PARADE

— Anya

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Remi on

I’ve always wondered if Bryce Dallas Howard is actually serious that her father won’t cast her in a movie. Is she joking?

noam on

if i recall correctly, ron howard said he would only cast his children if they already had established careers and they auditioned and won the part totally on their own. i guess it’s so everyone feels they’ve really earned the role, rather than it coming about by nepotism. bryce dallas howard has only really been an established actress for a few years, during which her father’s films (that he actually directed) have been cinderella man, the da vinci code, frost/nixon, and angels and demons. i can’t really think of a role she would have fit, and maybe he didn’t either? they probably will work together someday, when it’s right for everyone.

noam on

ew. i just realized how long my answer was. sorry…

Jessica on

I thought she had just given birth when she was offered that part? At least that’s what the other article says.

kmb on

this is a cute story!!

mavs2980 on

I am with Jessica, this is a little confusing. The other article states that she had just given birth when she accepted the role on Terminator Salvation, but then this article says she was in the early days of pregnancy. Which is it?

Minus all the confusion, the story of her Dad “directing” Theo is just the cutest ever. I can picture the video in my mind.

Sophie B on

I think it was spiderman 3 she was pregnant, as lokking at the dates when she filmed terminator her son must have been over a year if he is almost 3 now!

Alice on

I remember her saying she was pregnant for the spiderman 3 promo, it wasn’t Terminator. I think she’s playing pregnant in Terminator (not sure about that) so it was most likely right after she had Theo so she still had her belly. And she has no action scenes😄

Tessie on

She was an extra in Apollo 13 and her husband was in The Da Vinci Code, both directed by Ron Howard.

Jessica on

Just read on wikipedia that it was Spiderman 3 she was in while pregnant. That clears it up!

CelebBabyLover on

Jessica- It was indeed Spiderman 3. I remember her doing promo work for it, and she was indeed pregnant with Theo then. Looks like this is one of those cases where the interviewer (in this case PARADE) got things a little mixed-up!🙂

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