Bryce Dallas Howard: My Dad Is the Best Grandpa Ever

06/15/2015 at 01:30 PM ET

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As a third-generation actress, Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard says her dad, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, has got the role of grandpa down.

Bryce’s children, Theo, 8 and Beatrice, 3, with her husband, actor Seth Gabel, are already displaying a few family traits.

“Theo seems to have inherited [my dad’s] complexly imaginative and artistic mind, and Beatrice is gregarious and a natural leader (at 3 years old!), just like him,” she says.

Last Christmas, “I walked in on him showing Theo episodes of The Andy Griffith Show on YouTube, saying, ‘This was me when I was your age,’ ” Bryce, 34, recalls. “Oh, my goodness, my heart could barely take it.”

The actress says her kids “worship” their grandparents — her mom, Cheryl, and dad are high school sweethearts — and especially look forward to fun sleepovers at their house when they’re in town.

“He’s the sweetest granddad, and I love that both of my children have a unique and special relationship with him,” Dallas Howard says. “I have my own precious memories of myself as a child with him, and to see my children playing with him and doing things with my dad that I did as a kid makes me so happy!”

The only thing that might top that? The chance to have her father direct her in a project. “My greatest dream is to work with my dad someday as an actress,” she adds. “I don’t know how many roles I can ask my dad to play in my life, but so far, father, best friend, role model, mentor and grandfather to my children are working out quite well.”

For more of Bryce Dallas Howard’s interview — in which she shares memories from her childhood and how it shaped her as a mom — pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Julie Jordan

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Anonymous on

She really did hit the family lottery. Both her parents are a testament to love and marriage and that she turned out so lovely is no accident!

Skiwoman on

Run,Whitney,run!!!She has escaped a life sentence listening to Chris’s high pitched laugh.He’s too much into fame and was rsa
Ly into his dance partner,Whitney

Guest on

Kudos to Ron’s parents for starting the process with instilling good values while Ron was growing up. He has certainly passed those on to his children, and in turn Bryce to her children. I expect her husband should get a lot of credit too.

Lexie on

What a sweet loving tribute to her dad, whom I loved as Oppie in the Andy Griffith show for many years. Still love to watch the reruns.
He seems like a hardworking, kind, honest, loving man, and I’m sure she and her own family have been blessed to have him in their lives.

natch on

Andy Griffith reruns are on all the time, and oh my GOSH was Howard adorable as Opie. He was soooo adorable. What memories!

Lilly on

Just simply.. Nice.

DaisyMoon on

Aww…the last sentence is so beautiful.

(Can he adopt me?)

Grace on

How can you not just love this family? They seem so loving and with all that they have, seem extremely humble. I don’t remember ever reading anything negative about this family. We need more of these types in Hollywood. Would I have loved to have grown up around this family.

Michael on

She’s quite terrible in Jurassic World, even worse than Laura Dern in the original. Don’t know who cut her hair but she looks like one of the chorus girls from the Crazy Horse Saloon.
Really a no talent wonder…..

Anna on

Love the movie Jurassic World. A great movie.