Bryce Dallas Howard on “The Help”: “I Loved Playing a Character That I Didn’t Have to Worry About Being Likable”

In a recent interview with Moviefone, The Help’s Bryce Dallas Howard talked about playing a rich snob in the new movie, which tells the story of a group of African-American maids in 1960s Mississippi.

Talking about the film’s sometimes-heavy subject material, Howard said, “There are scenes that I would never want to go back and do ever, ever again. But there were a lot more scenes that were so fun because (Howard’s character) Hilly’s getting what she deserves… Those were incredibly fun.

The 30-year-old actress has appeared in Spider-Man 3 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in addition to her leading role in The Help, which also stars Emma Stone and Allison Janney, among others.

“I loved playing a character that I didn’t have to worry about being appealing or likable or attractive in any way, that gave me a real sense of freedom,” Howard explained. “It’s a character that’s so different from myself that I didn’t have to worry about making her different from me, whereas sometimes you play a normal person and you don’t want to be playing yourself so you come up with these things and they’re not necessarily organic to the movie. For me, it’s way easier to plan an extreme.”

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