39-year-old actress Bryce Dallas Howard has shared the advice that her father, Ron Howard, gave her while filming the Dads documentary. The documentary itself focuses on modern fatherhood, and Howard is one of the people the documentary focuses on.
“I was open to sharing a more personal side to our family from the get-go because my grandfather had passed away and so much of his legacy was who he was as a father and a grandfather and a great-grandfather,” Bryce recalls.
Bryce Dallas Howard puts a large focus on dads and fatherhood
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It’s been such a memorable Father’s Day weekend and I hope it’s been the same for you. To all the fathers, father figures, and people in between who fill the spaces of a father — thank you. Thank you for being there, thank you for supporting your families, thank you for being dad. To say I’m blessed to have such incredible fathers in my life feels like such an understatement. Father’s Day 2020 is definitely an unforgettable one ♥️
“My dad was like, ‘No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Nobody wants to see the movie that is Bryce saying ‘I love my dad,”” Bryce remembers. “I heard him, but while I was filming, I kept saying we need an expecting father. We need to see a father go through that transformation, going from not having a kid to having a kid.”
Thankfully, Bryce was able to turn to her brother, a father to be. “When I found out that my brother was gonna have a baby with his wife, I was like, ‘Would you be in my documentary?’ And they graciously said yes,” she says. “It just made sense at that point [to include Ron], just if nothing else, to contextualize my brother’s story to include my grandfather and ultimately my dad.”
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I am blown away by the responses for Dads so far — it really means so much to me ♥️ I want to take the time to thank the production & post-production team — we began this journey a little over a year and half ago and I can’t believe we’re finally here! My love and thanks to: Our hero dads – Glen, Robert, Thiago, Shuichi, Rob and Reece, you are the heart of this film and you have inspired so many. The future of fatherhood is in you. Our comedian dads – so many of you said that people don’t really ask you about your kids. I hope that changes not only because your stories contain so much wisdom and are hilarious, but because you are truly wonderful fathers. Your little ones (and not so little ones) are very lucky to have you as dads. Walt, Meredith, Elisabeth, Andrew, Sami, Andre, Justin, Ryan, Kris, David, Colin, Martin, Yohance, Louis, Saveth, Laura, Brian & the team at Goldcrest Post Production. Everyone at @imagineentertainment, especially Brian, Michael, Sage, Robin, Beth, Kelly, Sean, Yasmin. The @ninemusesentertainment crew and the folks at @imaginedocs: Justin, Sara, Marc, Kelsey, Josephine, Samantha, Lily, Darcie, Travis, Jeremy, Kyrha, and Paul. It really was a team effort to make all these dads cry — and we did it 😉 My family – I love you so so much ♥️ Seth you are the best father to Theo and B. Dad, I love you. Grandad, I miss you. And Reed, I am so proud of you. Father’s Day is tomorrow and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the great dads in your life. Dads A new documentary film from me :) Available on @appletv
Bryce says she intended for the documentary to be a “product of generations of super devoted, committed, present fathers.” The doc is now available to stream on Apple TV+.