Ron Howard Watched Daughter Bryce Perform Totally Nude, Says it Was ‘assault on a father’s psyche’
Ron Howard jokes about seeing daughter Bryce Dallas Howard perform nude in an experimental college play was a "complete assault on his psyche."
While speaking with host Bensinger, Ron Howard, 69, recalled going to see daughter Bryce, now 42, act in a college play, not knowing the cast would be naked for most of the show.
"Within seven or eight minutes into the show, nobody had any clothes on," said Ron. "It was experimental theater. And I was sitting next to my dad — I wasn't sure what he would think. When it was over, he turned to me and he said, 'I think that's just great. That's what college is all about. She's never going to be afraid onstage again.' That's just the way he viewed things. So he was proud of her, of her courage as an artist."
Bensinger asked Ron if he was hesitant about going to the performance at all, but the filmmaker said with a laugh, "No, because first of all, I knew there was nudity. I didn't realize it was full-body, nonstop. It was a complete assault on a father's psyche."
He added, "It was quality. But it was bold."
Bryce went on to have several big-screen roles in films like The Village, The Help, Rocketman and the recent Jurassic World franchise. She's also a director, having made the documentary Dads and at work on the upcoming Flight of the Navigator remake.