Being a woman in Hollywood isn’t all bad; some would even say it still has its perks. Just ask Jurassic World actress Bryce Howard Dallas.
While defending her character’s decision to wear high heels in the this year’s Jurassic Park sequel, where she notoriously ran through the jungle, ducking prehistoric behemoths in stilettos, Dallas demonstrated during a recent interview not every woman in Hollywood is all about wage disparities and gender politics.
“She’s in high heels because she’s a woman who has been in high heels her whole life and she can f—ing sprint in them,” the actress told Cosmopolitan of her character. “She can. That’s kind of how I perceived it. She doesn’t have to be in menswear and flats in order to out run a T. Rex. That’s what women can do.”
I feel really relieved at the amount of sensitivity that people have to women and women’s roles in films, particularly large films.
I did appreciate the fact that people wanted to ensure that it’s important for there to be female characters and roles where they do go on a journey and they aren’t just a function of the plot.And so that’s something that is a really important conversation to continue.
I think it’s a good time to be a woman in this business and people are more outspoken.
The actress’s high heels have been a topic of discussion since the film premiered this summer.
“I think my dad is going to be more scared that I ran around the entire film in high heels than any dinosaur chasing after me,” she said at the premiere, via Variety.
“At the beginning I was kind of against the idea of wearing them, but then one day while looking at the terrain prior to a shoot, I just looked at Colin and said, ‘I think I’ll keep the shoes on.'”
Dallas resumes her role in the franchise’s next film, which has a projected release date in 2018, but says she will not be wearing heels this time around.
“When I found out there was going to be a sequel and that I was going to be in it, the way that I found out was that Colin texted me ‘#NoHeels2018.’ And I was like, Yeah!'”