Bryce Dallas Howard has recalled how she suffered from severe cystic acne on the set of 2005 film Manderlay.
In an interview with The Guardian, the Jurassic World actress opened up about working with director Lars von Trier on the drama, which co-starred Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover, and Lauren Bacall. However, Bryce has now shared that taking on the challenging part of Grace Margaret Mulligan took its toll on her physical appearance and health.
“This may be boring or gross or whatever but I turned 23 while I was making that movie and suddenly I had cystic acne. I’m, like: ‘What?'” she shared. “And it wasn’t because I’d been wearing a bunch of make-up. It was because of these feelings and what I was needing to sort out within myself. I was having a lovely time with everyone – genuinely loved it. Cross-country skiing with Lars von Trier: highly recommend it. But despite all that, I had internalised the issues of the film.”
Bryce went on to note that her acne cleared up as soon as she completed work on the project. Yet, she has also struggled with separating her personal emotions from that of the characters she plays in other movies, including 2011 period drama The Help, in which she portrayed Hilly Walters Holbrook.
“When I was doing The Help it was so much fun to be with that group of women and in those friendships; we really felt like family. And I loved getting to do that movie, mostly because my character got what she deserved. But there were a handful of scenes where she was more on top, being quite evil, and I was sick over it. I had this feeling of churning, churning. I thought, ‘What is happening to me? There’s a disruption in my soul right now,'” the 39-year-old remembered. “It was after that movie that I was like, ‘OK. If it seems like the character has all these crazy things to play, it’s going to affect you.’ So now I’m just cautious about the bodies and spirits I inhabit.”
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