The Jurassic World franchise has somewhat underratedly been one of the most successful film franchises of the last decade, as the three Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard starring films have grossed $1.6 billion (Jurassic World), $1.3 billion (Fallen Kingdom), and $997 million (Dominion) at the global box office, respectively.
Despite this, though, the franchise has largely been marred with under-the-surface issues such as directorial changes and disparate pay Howard received for her work on the first film.
In addition to revealing that co-star Chris Pratt fought for equal pay on the sequels, Howard — who is also a successful Star Wars universe director these days having directed episodes of both The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett — recently said in an interview that the Jurassic World powers-that-be asked her to lose weight prior to the first film.
Bryce Dallas Howard says she was asked to lose weight for her role in 2015’s Jurassic World
Howard is coming clean about another studio demand, which was that she lose weight for her role. It wasn’t until 2022’s Jurassic World: Dominion, directed by Colin Trevorrow, that Howard was allowed to use her “natural body” on set and that she was protected from body shaming.
“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. On the third movie, it was actually because there were so many women cast, it was something that Colin [Trevorrow, director] felt very strongly about in terms of protecting me because the conversation came up again, ‘We need to ask Bryce to lose weight.’”
Jurassic World: Dominion, which has a 29% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, is currently streaming on Peacock. Hopefully, that’ll be the last film in the franchise as Howard’s talents are far better served elsewhere. Give her the next Star Wars movie, Disney!