Bryce Dallas Howard On New Zealand: “It’s A Really Magical Country”

 

The world premiere of Pete’s Dragon took place last night at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, and though I love LA as much as Randy Newman, my thoughts temporarily drifted to New Zealand thanks to Bryce Dallas Howard.

A re-imagining of Disney's cherished family film, PETE'S DRAGON is the story of Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. (CR: Disney)
A re-imagining of Disney’s cherished family film, PETE’S DRAGON is the story of Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. (CR: Disney)

Pete’s Dragon shooting locations included Rotorua’s Redwoods Forest, Queenstown, and Tapanui doubling for Millhaven, a logging town in the Pacific Northwest.

Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays a forest ranger in the David Lowery directed film, talks about her love for New Zealand:

“My husband was working at the time. So very, very sadly my husband was not there. Our kids were with me the whole time and they went to school in New Zealand. We were there for many months.

It’s a utopia. It’s a really magical country and I got an e-mail from my husband last night with the subject line – ‘should we move to New Zealand?’ (laughs) This film doesn’t take place in modern times and in talking to the producers and David that was the only choice for where to shoot. In a place where the landscape was so raw and untouched.” 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard arrives at the world premiere of Disney's "PETE'S DRAGON" at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on August 8, 2016. The new film, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban and is written and directed by David Lowery, has been drawing rave reviews from both audiences and critics. PETE'S DRAGON opens nationwide August 12, 2016. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney )
HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 08: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard arrives at the world premiere of Disney’s “PETE’S DRAGON” at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on August 8, 2016. The new film, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban and is written and directed by David Lowery, has been drawing rave reviews from both audiences and critics. PETE’S DRAGON opens nationwide August 12, 2016. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney )

Click on the media bar below to hear Bryce Dallas Howard also reminisce about the first time she visited New Zealand with her father Ron Howard (he was directing Willow).

Opening Friday August 12, Pete’s Dragon co-stars Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban.

Greg Srisavasdi

Editor/Owner of Find Your Seen and Deepest Dream, I'm also a BFCA member and editor of Hollywood Outbreak. I also do a weekly movie review podcast called CinemAddicts. BFCA member, Clippers and UCLA Bruins lifer!!

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