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EXCLUSIVE: Bryce Dallas Howard Opens Up About the Importance of Women in Action Films

by Desiree Murphy 5:47 PM PST, January 17, 2016
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Bryce Dallas Howard wants to see more females in action films.

ET's Cameron Mathison caught up with the Jurassic World actress on the red carpet at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, where she expressed her thoughts on the Best Actress in An Action Film award, for which she's nominated.

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"I love that there's a category like this," Howard said on Sunday. "It's very cool, it's important…"

Mathison then brought up the fact that last year, Howard's dad, Ron, was honored with the LOUIS XIII Critics' Choice Genius Award.

"And your tweet about the fact that last year you were celebrating your dad's win, and this year, look at you… nominated!" Mathison said.

"I just about died last year when my dad was given that honor and his speech was so beautiful and I was sobbing all night long," she admitted. "I mean it was really moving and I just want to add to something I said before."

"When I said it's important, what I mean is that in films today, 31 percent of speaking roles go to women, where 69 percent go to men," she continued. "In action films, it's 23 percent. The fact that there's a category that acknowledges that, female actors in an action film, it's cool."

When Jurassic World hit theaters in the summer of 2015, there was a lot of controversy over the high heels Howard wore for her role as Claire in the thriller.

"Of course it's illogical for her to be in heels in the jungle," Howard said in an interview with Collider. "She never intended to go in the jungle. And if she was in flats, that would be a cheat."

"That would be something where it's like, 'She managed to get her hands on some flats.' No, no, no, Claire never thought she was going to end up traipsing in the jungle, let alone outrunning a T. rex," she added.

The shoes won't be making a comeback in the sequel, however.

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"The way that [director] Colin [Trevorrow] told me that the sequel was happening, when it got greenlit and I was going to be in it, he texted me: #NoHeels2018," Howard explained. "And I was like, 'Yeah boy!'"

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