In a new interview with Metro, Howard said she was asked to lose weight before filming the franchise's third film, Jurassic World Dominion. According to the star, her “natural body” was a big topic of discussion among studio executives for years until the request was finally shut down by director Colin Trevorrow ahead of Dominion.
“What being in this third film allowed, how do I say this, how do I say this, how do I say this…[I’ve] been asked to not use my natural body in cinema,” Howard said in response to a question about female representation in action films. “On the third movie, it was actually because there were so many women cast, it was something that Colin felt very strongly about in terms of protecting me…because the conversation came up again, ‘We need to ask Bryce to lose weight.’”
Howard continued, “[Colin] was like, ‘There are lots of different kinds of women on this planet and there are lots of different kinds of women in our film.’ I got to do so many stunts that wouldn’t have been possible if I had been dieting. So I’m really thrilled [at] all the action I got to do, and I got to do it with my body, she was at her maximum strength, and I hope it is just yet another indication of what’s possible.”
This comes just a month after Bryce Dallas Howard revealed that reports alleging she made $2 million less than Chris Pratt for the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom were even worse than we had originally thought.
“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard told Variety in August 2022. “When I started negotiating for Jurassic, it was 2014 and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies and so your deals are set.”
Howard added that Pratt offered to negotiate on her behalf when it came to additional opportunities, including theme park rides and video games. “What I will say is that Chris and I have discussed it, and whenever there was an opportunity to move the needle on stuff that hadn’t been already negotiated, like a game or a ride,” she said, “he literally told me, ‘You guys don’t even have to do anything. I’m gonna do all the negotiating. We’re gonna be paid the same and you don’t have to think about this, Bryce.’”
“I love him so much for doing that,” Howard concluded. “I really do, because I’ve been paid more for those kinds of things than I ever was for the movie.” But why does it always have to be this hard?
Originally Appeared on Glamour