Bryce Dallas Howard has a significant message: She's finished discussing her physique.
The "Argylle" actor has previously been transparent about being advised to lose weight for roles. Now, she asserts that she's reclaiming her power by engaging in direct discussions about her capabilities as an actor.
"I've retired from discussing my body," Howard, 42, conveyed to People in an interview published on February 2. "My focus is on what my body is accomplishing, what my body is capable of."
Howard clarified that they can cast her as she appears or opt for someone else who suits the character they have in mind.
“What I've found to be most effective is to communicate with people early in the hiring process," she explained. "What I would express is, 'If you want to cast me, that's fantastic. However, if you believe you want to cast me but envision me as 20 pounds lighter or 40 pounds lighter, that's actually another actor. That's not me, and I'm not going to shame you about it in this moment. We need to have an honest conversation because if you're hiring me, you're hiring me.'”
The actor disclosed that she actually had that exact conversation with the director of her latest movie, "Argylle," Matthew Vaughn. In the action comedy, Howard portrays an author whose espionage novels come to life, and she becomes entangled in the latest mission.
"And Matthew was like, 'Yeah, I'm hiring you,'" she recounted. "I was even more empowered because of it. I was able to accomplish more because of it."
Opening up about her body and dieting, Howard remarked, "Who I am is someone who fluctuates."
She further added, "I took some time and it took some effort and it took some guidance to truly understand that dieting is not my ally, at least for me."
Apart from engaging in upfront discussions with individuals who are hiring her, she has also begun prioritizing strength, training her body to handle "whatever given circumstance" she needs to bring a movie to life.
In 2022, during discussions about the third "Jurassic World" film, she revealed to Metro that director Colin Trevorrow stood up for her when bosses revisited the topic of weight loss, stating, "We need to ask Bryce to lose weight."
"He was like, 'There are many different types of women on this planet, and there are many different types of women in our film,'" she recounted, further adding, "And I was able to perform so many stunts that wouldn't have been possible if I had been dieting."
Howard has maintained a body-positive stance over the years. In a 2018 interview with YEPPOST.com, she reminisced about her early career struggles with fitting into available clothing.
"I remember thinking to myself, 'Oh man, if I didn't have these childbearing hips or whatever,'" she shared. "And then when I actually had my children, I was very grateful for having childbearing hips because that went very well."
As fashion evolved and curvier silhouettes became more acceptable — "Thanks Kardashians," she remarked — and more designs became available, Howard continued with another significant message.
"If something doesn't fit you, then it's the clothes' problem. It's not your problem," she asserted, suggesting opting for a different size or option. "You don't change yourself for the clothes. For women struggling with body confidence, what I would say is, 'What would you say to your best friend?'"
"Because what I believe you would say, because if it's your best friend and you genuinely care about your best friend, you would simply say, 'That's a lot of nonsense,'" she emphasized. "Move on, live your life, and embrace your body."