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Bryce Dallas Howard: I’m keeping my kids out of the spotlight

Bryce Dallas Howard doesn’t mind her children being extras in her movies but she doesn’t want them to be exposed to the celebrity side of the industry.

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is intent on keeping her kids away from the glamorous side of Hollywood because she wants them to remain grounded.

The Jurassic World star explains even though her father is acclaimed filmmaker Ron Howard, she was never exposed to the spotlight of fame. She now employs the same rules as a parent to her two young children and is adamant they don’t attend premieres or any other Hollywood function.

"What my parents did that was great was they exposed all of us to movie sets and making movies and the crew," she tells "We had a very deep understanding of the kind of work that my dad did, (but) we weren't exposed to the side of the industry that's perceived as being more glamorous, where actors are coddled and where there's a certain level of celebrity. We were completely sheltered from that. I think that that was a good call."

While Bryce is keen to keep her kids humble, she has carried on a family tradition of allowing them to appear in a film on their seventh birthday. Earlier this year (15), her son Theo appeared as an extra in her blockbuster Jurassic World.

"I was in Parenthood and my son turned seven during this movie, so he got to be in the movie as an extra and he's in a petting zoo scene and he hugs a dinosaur," she said earlier this year. "There was a guy with kind of a sock puppet... and he hugged the arm. He was pretty good."

Young Theo also landed an extra spot in mum's follow-up movie, Pete's Dragon, and she admits the family tradition also extends to her mum, who reluctantly appears in all her father's films.

"My mom and dad were 16 years old when they got together and so by default, when he was making movies with his Super 8 camera in high school, he would ask her if she could be in it," she explained. "She's not an actress and feels really uncomfortable in front of the camera, but she would always say yes and help him out. He's superstitious and now he can't do a movie without my mom being in the background."

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