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PS: That really comes through in the scene of Sheila and Elton, towards the end of the film when she’s talking about buying the retirement home at dinner, and they have this bitter, heartbreaking fight. Were there moments like that that where you found yourself empathizing with her at all?

BDH: Of course. I mean, it’s more I think understanding. Understanding a person’s mindset and belief system and emotional landscape. There was actually a point when I reached out to one of my friends who is a psychiatrist, and I talked to him about it because I was like, “This is understandable to a point.” I kind of felt like there might have been something more going on. I don’t know if it was personality disorder, or if it was narcissism. I don’t know. I don’t know. But it was very helpful to talk to him, and to talk through what I’d been hearing.

That scene that you referenced, I mean, that was based on something real. She was an only child. And she said to him, “The biggest mistake of my life was having children.” So, a person in pain who is saying something like that . . . sometimes that pain is not actually connected to things in the past that happened. It could be connected to an imbalance. It can be connected to bad interpersonal habits. Sometimes, with family, you cross the line. You start calling people names and being cruel to the people you love. Suddenly that love turns to something else. Just very, very dysfunctional.

PS: To play Sheila, you also had to speak with a strong British accent. What was that like?

BDH: So fun! I worked with a wonderful dialect coach, and I actually stayed in the accent the entire time.

PS: Oh, wow!

BDH: Yeah! The process is like learning a language. If you immerse yourself in the country, and you’re speaking in a language all the time, your brain is going to connect the dots much faster than practicing in isolated spurts. The fact that we were shooting in the UK, I thought to myself, “I might as well just go for it.” I did that as well on a movie that I did years ago with Kenneth Branagh, called As You Like It. I did a British accent on that which was really fun. David Oyelowo was actually the person who told me – encouraged me – to do that. To stay in the accent the whole time. He’s a very loving person, and so he made me feel not embarrassed about it. I’m really grateful to him for that! So that’s kind of always been my approach to a dialect.

PS: That’s dedication.

BDH: Well there’s a little advantage that I had because when I was younger, and my dad was filming Willow, we shot a lot of it in the UK. I learned to read and write while going to a school called Cavendish here in London, so my parents told me that after living here at the age of 6 for five days – or three days, actually, for three days – I had a full British accent. They were like, “You phony!” So, I kept it the whole time. There’s so many videos of me as a kid. Oh my gosh. It’s just so funny.

And then even my family was visiting here for a large majority of shooting, and by family, I mean my mom, my dad, my sisters, their husband, boyfriend, my brother, his wife . . . I think even my nephew. I mean, my entire family was on holiday coincidentally 20 minutes away from where we were shooting the entire time. And it was so, so, so much fun to get to be around my family. But I stayed in the accent. I felt a little self-conscious. But I also was like, “You know what? They know that I have a job to do, and they’re not going to make fun of me, hopefully.” And they didn’t, which was great.

PS: So on top of staying in a British accent, you also sing in a few scenes. Were you excited about that part of the role? Or did that make you nervous?

BDH: When I first was offered the part, Matthew Vaughn, the producer, sent me a clip of Taron playing the piano and singing. Basically, from that point forward, I just didn’t think about the fact that I was singing at all after seeing how much he was doing. Honestly, I got this role and went to the UK, and went pretty much straight from the airport to Abbey Road and recorded the song and got to be in the booth and everything. So, it was kind of fast and furious, like a band-aid that was ripped off. Then that was it! Very fun, very minor, very low stakes. And it’s a scene that I happen to love, and a song that’s one of best. I love it.

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PS: I really enjoyed all of Sheila’s retro dresses and all of her fashion. Was it fun to step into another decade in that way?

BDH: I love it when I get to play a character who goes through a span of time. You really get to lean into the trends of different eras. Also, I just really like the shape of the clothes from the 1950s and the 1960s. By the time I get to the ’70s, I’m like, “Oh gosh. Can we just skip forward to certain parts of the ’80s again?” That was really fun to go for a classic look for the era. Then, because Sheila had dark hair, and because Elizabeth Taylor was such a big part of Elton’s life, we sort of thought to ourselves, especially because it was heightened, “What if we went for that kind of Elizabeth Taylor vibe for her?” We had a lot of fun with that.

PS: Oh, that’s so interesting. I didn’t even consider that when I was watching the movie but that makes so much sense now that you say that.

BDH: Totally. Totally. Really fun.

PS: Looking back on all your scenes with Taron, do you have a favorite?

BDH: There were many, many, many, many, many. I mean, all of them, frankly. But one that was great was my first scene on camera with Taron, where he’s moved back home again as an adult. I’m sitting at the table reading a magazine, talking about how much hard work I’m doing taking care of them, while my mother, played brilliantly by Gemma Jones, is actually doing the work. Bernie’s there, too, and then Elton comes downstairs and he’s just in his underwear. I remember we were filming it and Taron walked in, in his underwear, and I was like, “Oh, good morning, sir! Lovely to begin our filming sequence together.” I mean, it’s just a testament to this sense of freedom and fun and all of that and playfulness that existed on set because it was so funny. And fun! It was great.

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Bryce Dallas Howard: “Recognize That Your Body Is Your Best Girlfriend”

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Bryce Dallas Howard doesn’t diet. And the Jurassic World star doesn’t want any woman or girl to, either, she told InStyle when we sat down with her recently at the Sundance Film Festival. “I know it’s a crazy thing to say, but it’s so important,” she told us after discussing her new short film, Solemates. Our conversation came just days before Barbie’s monumental announcement to introduce new, more inclusive body shapes, and it contributes to the important conversation about body image with the same note: Love yourself and your body for who you are and what it is.

“The diet I’m talking about is depriving yourself of food in order to get a physical result or a desired physical effect,” she further explained. “If that starts, then you lose touch with yourself. And if that happens at a young age, you lose touch with what your body’s instincts are. It’s a slippery slope, I think, for a lot of young women, and it can occupy a lot of brain space if that cycle starts.”

Howard has felt the pressure to look a certain way herself—and she knows first-hand that it’s challenging to resist pressure to conform. “When I started working, I felt like I should look a different way, and try and do a diet,” she said. “Then I would have a six-month period afterwards where I kept thinking about food and having cravings. It was such a waste of time. I wondered why I fantasized about bread! Now, I feel really fortunate that I never got into a space where there was an eating disorder, but I also feel like that easily could have happened if I didn’t say, ‘Hang on a second, this doesn’t feel right.’”

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She has a trick for maintaining this positive attitude, because she knows it’s not easy all the time: “Recognize that your body is your best girlfriend,” she said. “It’s a weird esoteric concept, but it works. You have to think about it like she’s there for me no matter what I put her through, no matter how much I neglect her or I’m inconsistent with her, she is there for me. Because of her, I’m able to work, I’m able to have children, I’m able to be in the world, and I’m able to enjoy things.”

“If you’re having that relationship as early as possible with your body where you’re thinking, I just love this babe, she is so awesome, then you’re looking at your body as something that’s supporting you. There’s an ugly kind of divorce that happens when you diet, because it’s like you’re depriving yourself. That means you’re not really supporting your friend, who’s unconditionally supportive of you.”

It’s an odd idea, she admits. “But I would never look at my best friend and tell her she should look better,” she asserted. “Never. So I will never do that to myself. And neither should any woman, either.”

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Bryce Dallas Howard lifted tyres to get in super shape for the new Jurassic World movie, Fallen Kingdom.

The actress admits she went all out to look great and take on stunts for the upcoming blockbuster – and got in the best shape of her life.

“We would meet up and lift tyres, and it was really fun,” she tells Good Housekeeping magazine. “I became focused on achieving the stunts, like Tom Cruise does.”


And her character’s footwear choices in the sequel allowed Bryce to show off her fitness levels – there were no high heels in the new film.

The actress starred as Claire Dearing, a money driven executive working at a dinosaur themepark in the first movie, and although Jurassic World was a huge box office success, fans complained about Bryce’s character sporting footwear that was utterly unsuitable for action scenes.

“It was crazy doing this, because I’m in boots and it was so easy,” she told Total Film magazine. “I was like, ‘Oh s**t, this is two totally different worlds…’ There are more stunts and all of that but the challenge of running in heels is real.”

In the new movie, Claire now works in dinosaur conservation, and when a volcanic eruption endangers the beasts roaming Isla Nublar, the island where the Jurassic World park was based, she has to team up with her ex-lover, dinosaur keeper Owen Grady, played by Chris Pratt.

“Claire is a part of an operation to get these animals off the island,” she says. “She doesn’t want to see her ex-boyfriend but sometimes you have a job to do.”

Meanwhile, Bryce insists you don’t have to go to extremes to feel good about yourself – just block out all the negatives and become your own best friend.

“If your girlfriend said, ‘I’m so fat!’ you would say, ‘Please shut up, you’re amazing’. You have to be as loyal to yourself as you are to the people you love.”


You know, I never really thought that TMZ would ever let me down because I had no actual expectations of decorum. So imagine my surprise when I saw some photos taken on Mother’s Day of the actress Bryce Dallas Howard walking with her infant daughter—to whom she gave birth in January—under the category “Beauty” with the headline “It Takes a Village” insinuating that The Village star is now the size of a village. Although there is a brief mention of her “post-pregnancy legs,” the post itself is mostly smarmy and leaves the door wide open for the commenters to do all the nasty, dirty work of cruel jokes and harsh judgements. Except the TMZ staffers couldn’t resist, and jumped in the comments section anyway because they the conversation just felt incomplete to them without a mention of how damp this weight gain has made her panties. Seriously.


As though a point-and-laugh image-based post like that wouldn’t already invite the lowest common denominator to pick apart this poor woman. On fucking mother’s day no less! One person said: “Newborns sleep all the time so stop the laziness and junk food. 4 months is plenty of time to loose the baby weight.” Another: DAMN!!! Most of these actress’ work to lose the load pretty fast. She seems to be playing “universe”. “She’s ever expanding… Sorry Bryce, but you have cowed out, BIG TIME! Those thighs could feed a village of cannibals for a few weeks!” One concerned party offered some advice: “1 word=LAXATIVES!!! STAT!!!” Sadly, all of this is merely commonplace when an unflattering picture of a woman is posted on the internet.

Some genius on TMZ’s staff chimed in: “The article may say Bryce Dallas Howard on it, but all I’m seeing are photos of Hugh Jass.” So mangling a prank call joke from a 20-year-old episode of The Simpsons is what passes for humor in that newsroom?

The thing about TMZ is that, at the very, very least, they posit themselves as the authority on all things celebrity, with their arrest records and dating histories ready at a moment’s notice. So you’d think that perhaps they would’ve had in their Bryce Dallas Howard dossier that she gained about 80 lbs with her first child 5 years ago, and that this weight gain had “mortified” her. It was just one of several factors that contributed to the severe postpartum depression she suffered in the subsequent months. She wrote it about the experience very candidly for GOOP:

Before Theo was born, I had been in good humor about my 80-pound weight gain, but I was now mortified by it. I felt I was failing at breast-feeding. My house was a mess. I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress; I dreaded a film I was scheduled to shoot only a few weeks after the birth because I could barely focus enough to read the script. And worst of all, I definitely felt I was a rotten mother—not a bad one, a rotten one. Because the truth was, every time I looked at my son, I wanted to disappear.


However, there is a silver lining to their toilet bowl of crap. Horrible commentary aside, I think it’s great that these pictures were posted, because they present a more realistic portrayal of post-natal recovery than the “I got my bikini body back in six weeks” narrative we’ve been subjected to as of late. Maybe some other women struggling with their own post-baby bodies will see these photos and feel a little less alone and a little more normal.

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Update: TMZ claims the “TMZ_ADMIN” commenter is not, in fact, a TMZ administrator or employee. But the point remains.

When Jurassic World first came out, Bryce Dallas Howard grabbed headlines for her character’s penchant for ass-kicking dinosaurs – in high heels.

But this year, as Jurassic World 2 launches in the UK, we reckon she’ll be stealing the limelight for attacking the gym.

Although Dallas is no stranger to the sweat to get results, scroll her ‘gram and you’ll see her training hard at an LA garage-style CrossFit facility, for the Jurassic sequel her fitness programme progressed from strengthening her feet and ankles with endless calf raises – for those high heel shoots – and to lifting heavy.

But that’s not all. To achieve an hourglass figure core work is key – which, we know, it’s what you’re here for.

So really, what does it take to achieve a nipped in and toned waist? WH asked celebrity trainer and founder of The Body Blueprint, James Farmer, to share his top three moves for creating midriff definition – and there’s not an ab crunch in sight.


“The biggest mistake women make is doing too much work on their obliques (the muscles on the side of the stomach),” says Farmer. “Instead of nipping the waist in, this can in fact make it look wider.”

His secret? “Focus on exercises that also strengthen the deeper core muscles, the transverse abdominis.”

Let’s get started.

1. Hollow holds

Hollow holds are one of my favourite core exercises. They are great for developing core strength and control, and they are harder than they look.

a) Start by lying on your back, arms and legs pointing straight out with hands and toes pointed. In this position, contract your abs and flatten your lower back against the floor.

b) Slowly raise your shoulders, head, and legs from the ground, making sure to keep the lower back in contact with the ground. You must maintain pointed toes and hands, and the arms should be pinned either side of your ears.

c) Aim to find the lowest position you can with your arms and legs without them touching the ground but keeping the lower back in contact with the ground at all times.

d) The lower your arms and legs go, the harder the exercise. Make sure you keep the abs engaged at all times and don’t forget to breathe.

Aim for 4 sets of 45-60 second holds.

Try this hollow body variation if lifting from the floor is a challenge.

2. Hollow rocks

Once you are confident with the hollow hold, you can progress onto the hollow rock.

a) Get into your hollow hold position.

b) Start rocking back and forth without allowing the shape to break at any point. If the shape breaks, go back and practice the hollow holds.

Aim for 4 sets of 15-20 hollow rocks with perfect form.

3. Deadbugs with a physio ball

a) Lying down on your back, bring your feet off the floor so your hips and knees are at 90 degrees.

b) Using a large physio ball, place it on the front of both knees. Keeping your arms straight, and fairly close together, squeeze the ball between your hands and your knees.

c) Make sure you keep your back flat. As you squeeze the ball, you will feel every core muscle light up.

d) Whilst breathing out, straighten one leg out. Keep the ball still but keep the tension on itIt doesn’t have to be hard – just enough to feel the muscles engage.

e) Breath in, return the leg to the starting position and then swap.

Aim for 3 sets of 8-10 slow and controlled reps.

Read this for more on how to perfect your deadbug technique.

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star, sounds off on her lifelong love of scaly creatures, growing up with a famous father, and what it’s like to put on 35 pounds for a TV gig.

Your recent projects include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Pete’s Dragon. What’s the deal with you and reptiles?

Hah. I shot Pete’s between the two Jurassics. Basically, if you’re scaly and it’s unclear whether you’re naughty or nice, I’m totally into working with you.

Do you remember what it was like watching the original Jurassic Park?

My parents didn’t let us watch TV, but we watched movies all the time. I was 12, and my parents weren’t sure whether it was OK for me to see it. They went opening night, and I distinctly remember they came home and my dad was like, “This is cinema history. You have to see this in the theater.” I went the next day. Boy, am I grateful he said that. The first time I saw the CGI dinosaur, it blew my mind. I burst into tears. I just felt overwhelmed.

Did it make you want to get into acting?

Our house was, like, all movies all the time. But at that point in my life, I wasn’t thinking at all about being an actor or really about any job yet. I just loved being around movies. I’m a film nerd, and it was totally a father-and-daughter thing for me and my dad to get really wrapped up in these geeky but specific movie things. At the time, I knew what a huge leap Jurassic Park was for our industry, and for storytelling, and for what was possible. It was a groundbreaking moment.

Your son is around that same age. Has he seen you in Jurassic World?

When the first one came out, he was like, “Mom, all of my friends have seen it,” but I didn’t feel it was quite the right time for him yet. When we were shooting the second one in Hawaii, we sat down next to each other and watched the first one.

Was he as moved as you were when you saw your first CGI dinosaur?

Well, he’s a man of few words, so when I asked, “What did you think?” he just said, “Good.” As far as I’m concerned, that’s an amazing review.

Growing up, did you watch a lot of movies with your dad?

Yeah, I went to his film sets when he was directing, and we would watch all of his favorite films again, again, and again. I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at least 15 times; same with The Graduate. Later I got really into Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves. It’s almost pornographic, and I was like, “This is weird. Is this my sexual awakening?” I watched all my favorites like 20 times.

It sounds like your dad made an effort to keep you away from the spotlight and maybe acting.

I grew up in Connecticut. None of us had social media or phones or the internet or anything. I wasn’t exposed to Hollywood premieres and awards shows and all of that. Instead, I got to be a regular kid. I was just super into karate. I forget about it, and then I’ll be training for something physical in a role, and they’ll be like, “Can you throw a punch?” and I do it, and they’re like, “Whoa.” It was all those tournaments, all those hours spent breaking boards. 

You gained 35 pounds for your role on Black Mirror. How’d you do that?

I ate around the clock. First thing in the morning, last thing before I closed my eyes. I’d have food by my bed. I’d get up in the middle of the night and have a chocolate bar.

Was it hard to lose the extra weight?

I trained a lot, used the rower, did CrossFit—the workouts definitely got really intense. But it was fun. I’m like a dog—you have to walk me. I have to go out for my run or I’ll chew up the furniture.

It seems male actors gain weight for roles more often than female actors do.

Well, how many movies are raising their hand to say, “The lady who’s on the magazine cover who looks like that—we want that but more”? I wish that were the case. But it’s changing now, and we’re aware of it, and it’s getting talked about. That’s a good thing.

A lot of people gain weight from alcohol, but I read that you don’t drink.

I actually waited until I was 21, since it was illegal. But by then, I had seen a bunch of people puke their brains out at parties, and I was like, “That’s not a good look. It’s not for me.”

No wine, huh? How do you unwind?

In terms of relaxing, I wouldn’t say I always do a great job of that. But my favorite thing is when the kids are asleep and I crawl into bed and I just spread out books, like 12 books, and journals all over my bed. That just gives me so much relaxation.

Interesting. Even your relaxation is multitasking.

I’m sooo chill.

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I recently started watching the new series of Black Mirror on Netflix. Watching the first episode “Nosedive”, I found myself enjoying the lead actress Bryce Dallas Howard immensely and wanted to know more of her work. I took to IMDB to find out more about her.

“Why would an attractive woman like that become so fat?”

Wait, what was that? Oh, just the first comment I came across when clicking on her IMDB message board. Scrolling on …

“What a weird body”

“What’s with the no boobs thing?”

“Huge Weight Gain in Pete’s Dragon”

“What happened? Is she pregnant?”

Okay … now, call me naïve, but somehow I think these comments are not about her acting work at all.

“It was quite disgusting seeing that roly-poly abomination waddling along the road. No wonder everyone was giving her low ratings. The thing is, genetically speaking she was a rather attractive woman. Very strange given that fat people are usually hideous to look at.”

And on that note, I was out of there. I sat there staring balefully at the screen for a while just shocked, not for the first time. The sheer cruelty people think they can get away with these days!

Bryce Dallas Howard isn’t fat, not by a long mile. She has an amazing pin-up like body and the cutest, most adorable face. She is a funny, talented bright and sparkly actress but apparently, that doesn’t matter if your body is not “Hollywood” thin.

In recent years fat oppression, more commonly known as “fat shaming”, has become accepted as the “done thing”. Magazines, TV shows and public figures like Katie Hopkins in the UK and Donald Trump, have made “pointing out a person is fat” acceptable.

When clicking on a comment section or message board where people are discussing other people, more often than not the first things discussed are a person’s looks and weight; their personality or accomplishments are only an afterthought.

We are living in a shallow world. Anyone not possessing what is considered the “body ideal” or that looks different in any way is in for scrutiny.

Being bigger than others has never been easy, except maybe when living in Rubenesque times.

I can testify to this: even in the 1990’s growing up as a “big kid” was hell at school. I was bullied brutally every day. In high school, people flashed lighters in my face, tried to drive into me with a motorbike and even tried to throw acid in my face.

And guess what? The teacher blamed ME for this! Why?

“She’s just so different from the others and that’s provoking.”

When I was finally free of school, I hoped that things would change. I always thought that when people grow up, they start to know better. I was wrong. Grown-ups can be just as bad, if not worse. Especially this strange generation: adults gleefully approach other adults in the street, asking; “when is it due?”, even when they know the other person isn’t pregnant. They think nothing of saying: “should you be doing that” if they see what they consider to be a “fat person” eating something while walking down the street. This used to be taboo, but not anymore, the filter has gone and what has been unleashed ain’t pretty.

Many people claim they think that pointing out a person is fat helps the “fat person” in some twisted way. Well, no it doesn’t: usually they are aware of the problem, thank you. Pointing it out only works for demotivating the person.

Of course, not everyone is like this; there are people out there who don’t care about the way someone looks. (In fact, there are even self-proclaimed “chubby chasers” out there, folks only falling for those that have “something to grab hold off”. Then again a lot of these people are rather extreme. Being fetishized isn’t an ideal thing to be either.) Good to know, of course. But when you are feeling insecure about your weight and have suffered several upsetting altercations with people that hurt you to the core, knowing this won’t help. You reach a stage where you are sure the entire world is against you, and these people are just lying to be kind.

Nobody chooses to be fat and often it has little to do with food intake.

My weight gain was sudden. When I was about seven years old, my weight suddenly changed, almost overnight. I had not changed my eating habits, I was a dancer, I was always exercising. Still, I grew bigger and bigger, as a result, people begun to treat me differently. “I’m not sure you should” added when cake and candies were handed out at birthdays, judgemental looks were included with my chips.

I was never a binge eater. I was hardly able to empty my plate at the best of times.

My mum schlepped me around from clinic to clinic to find what was wrong with me. Nothing could be found. At around age twelve, I was virtually anorexic, dancing to Michael Jackson most of the day and still, I did not lose any weight.Over the years I tried diet after diet, miracle cure after miracle cure and guess what: I still have nothing to show for it. This is true for many people.

Yes, I know. Of course, some people gain weight because of their food intake, but it is not something they would choose to do either if they could help it. Usually, there is something deeper going on than just “I like to eat” that makes people reach out for comfort foods. Depression, abuse, anxiety. Food can be as intoxicating and addictive, just like a drug to people who feel hurt, empty or lonely.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how you gained your weight; the result is usually the same: insecurity and a constant fear of being judged and hurt by others. This causes stress. Stress often brings on more weight gain.

Diet and exercise are often seen as the answer to all of this. But it isn’t always the case. For me dieting and not losing weight was very depressing. At one point I exercised three to four hours a day and nothing much happened. Later I found other people experienced the same thing. They told me that just like me, they ended up in a vicious self-hating cycle.

You start blaming yourself, feeling you are not pushing hard enough, not training long enough, maybe eating too much between exercising. Soon your life is just an endless worry about weight, exercise and avoiding too much food.

Meanwhile, others who do lose weight, often find they are still not happy on the inside, not even after all that work. This is because after years of feeling less than, being bullied and shunned the transformation feels false and their inside world is unable to relate to their outside world. Years of pain and trauma cannot be exercised away. This is often the moment that people give up and stop their diet and training, lose what they worked so hard for only to start all over again a few months later.

This cycle is something not many people can break, and only a few are aware that counseling is an option that can help break it. It is understandable that a person who has been or at least felt judged all his or her life may find it difficult to seek help. Understandable because some might have met, in the past, with unsympathetic doctors or others in the “care” industry who were not as caring as they could have been. Physicians who blamed everything on weight in a sour-faced dismissive way, gynecologists who gleefully “punished” you with an unnecessary internal examination because they simply could not “reach through all that blubber”. Yes. This abuse happens every day.

The difference here is that a counselor is not there to look at your physical self and will usually never judge you in this way. He or she is there to look at the inner you: this is the part that needs to be taken care of first and foremost.

You have to learn to find self-worth and self-love before you try and change anything about yourself. Once you have made peace with the true you on the inside, you might not even care about the outside anymore. This is what a counselor can bring you: inner peace, self-respect. You will learn that no-one should be able to make you feel bad about yourself, no-one has that power.

The support and advice of a counselor can break years of bad programming you may have internalized. It can help you reclaim your self-esteem, aiding you to either accept yourself as you are, or help you find a way to lose weight on your terms.

But accepting yourself comes first, always. No matter how thin or big you are, only the love you have for yourself can make you look truly beautiful and once you find that, weight no longer matters.

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How Bryce Dallas Howard Got in Amazing Shape for Jurassic World

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Bryce Dallas Howard has always been dedicated to her craft. But when the script for Jurassic World called for her high-strung executive character to run from dinosaurs in high heels, it was “something I wasn’t necessarily prepared to do,” the actress tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

But it was actually Howard herself who decided to wear a pair of 3.5-inch Sam Edelman pumps instead of the spray-painted platform sneakers she was offered.

To prepare her feet for the feat, Howard says she tweaked her workouts to strengthen the muscles in her legs.

“I just became completely fixated on having the strongest ankles imaginable,” she explains. The actress fashioned a wooden platform and did exercises each day before filming.

“I’d put my foot on it and do calf raises and then stay on my tippy toe and do squats,” she recalls. “Then I’d turn perpendicular and exercise each side of my foot. Just to practice the stabilizing muscles.”

About halfway through the production, which shot for six months in both Hawaii and New Orleans, Howard realized she might be “neglecting” the rest of her body. “I just felt like I should be doing more of a whole-body workout as opposed to very specific, bizarre, awkward ankle exercises every day,” she adds, laughing.

Howard, 34, enlisted the help of her costar Chris Pratt, and together the two “would always stretch and do squats and push-ups” before shooting. And the actress would also run on her own. “But at a certain point I stopped because I was doing so much running during the day,” she says of being chased by dinosaurs. “I was like, ‘This is covered.’ ”

For more of Howard’s interview – including behind-the-scenes stories of Jurassic World and her upbringing in Hollywood – pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.

Bryce Dallas Howard sees red over those Jessica Chastain comparisons

Is there room in Hollywood for two redheads?
Apparently, that answer is a big, fat, scarlet maybe.
How else to explain why Jessica Chastain (on the left) is consistently mistaken for Bryce Dallas Howard (on the right)?
I have met both women. They are both smart, cerebral, elegant, gracious, kind and funny.
But only one of them is in the dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic World. And it’s Howard. So we asked her about always being mistaken for Chastain and guess what? She doesn’t mind one bit.
“First of all, any day where I get confused for Jess is a very good day. She’s one of the most beautiful human beings I’ve ever seen. We went to college at the same time in New York. She went to Juilliard and I went to NYU. It’s been going on for a long time. I remember thinking that I need to meet her.
When we did The Help, we met each other and the first thing we did was find a mirror. We stood in front of it. And we compared. We’ve got red hair. There’s enough similarity that people make that comparison. My goal is to play sisters with her.”