Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American film actress, writer, director, and daughter of director Ron Howard. She made her acting debut in her father’s 1989 film Parenthood and went on to have small roles in films and make stage appearances for the next several years. During this time she also attended New York University‘s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, later getting a BFA, and went to drama schools. After gaining the attention of M. Night Shyamalan, he cast her in what would be her breakout film, The Village (2004), and 2006′s Lady in the Water, which was a commercial and critical failure. Her performance in As You Like It (2006) earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008.
Howard became more recognizable to audiences as Gwen Stacy in 2007′s Spider-Man 3 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), playing Victoria, a villainous vampire seeking revenge. Those two projects, as well as the 2009 Terminator Salvation release, are among her most financially successful movies, but all three garnered mixed reviews from the press. She also starred in The Help, alongside Emma Stone and Viola Davis. The film became a critical and box office success.