Bryce Dallas Howard's Must Haves: From Allbirds Sneakers to a Theragun Massager
It's Bryce Dallas Howard's world, and we're all just living in it. While the actor and director has built a notable career cultivating and existing within other, fictional universes — including navigating an ultramodern, dino-dominated society alongside Chris Pratt in the blockbuster Jurassic World series and quietly evolving into one of the most beloved directors in the Star Wars cinematic realm (a feat in itself, considering how notoriously protective the franchise's fans can be) — her current reality seems refreshingly normal.
Beyond balancing jobs and editing film projects, at the core, she's a woman focused on her family — caring for her children, nurturing relationships, and, just like the rest of us, facing the inevitable December struggle of shopping for thoughtful holiday gifts for loved ones (celebrities really are just like us!). Fortunately, her new partnership with Oral-B is helping to take the stress out of gift giving this season — and not just for the actor and her family but for her fans, as well.
"I care about my family's health even more than I care about my own health . . . and as you grow up, you learn that oral health is one of the key tenets of overall health and longevity and lifespan," Howard explains. She continues: "Gift giving is such a huge psychological aspect of what it is to be in a relationship, and what kinds of gifts you give say so much about how you feel about someone. And so this [partnership] is a way to show your loved ones how much you love them and how much you care about them, and basically giving them the gift of longevity and a beautiful smile and a sense of confidence" — and all with the help of one of the world's most awarded toothbrushes, no less!
We had the opportunity to chat exclusively with Howard about her new Oral-B iO collaboration, the value in giving meaningful gifts, and all of the must-have products she'd consider to be essential in her fictional "desert-island scenario" — because with her remarkable imagination, even she can manage to make the process of choosing her favorite products sound totally cinematic and otherworldly.
Her Affordable Must Have: Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream
The common theme with all of Howard's must-have essentials is that they offer a sort of "bang for your buck" appeal — just like this Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream ($14, originally $19). The actor says she relies on this concentrated formula year-round and believes it's a "great product that does a lot of things affordably."
Pro Tip: Because of its more concentrated nature, Howard says "you only need to use a little bit of it and it goes a long way." According to the actor, the cream is also great for mixing with other products or for creating a skin-care cocktail, with Howard saying: "I like to actually use it with an oil so that it really goes a long way. I'll kind of use more or less depending on the time of year, and depending on how my skin is on any given morning, sometimes I'll use it just as a highlighter."
Her Investment Must Have: Theragun Mini Massage Gun
In terms of products that are absolutely essential for Howard, whether she's directing on set or traveling the world, she swears by this Theragun Mini Massage Gun ($199). "I bring the Theragun with me pretty much everywhere because it has replaced the need to get massages or to [do] physio and all that kind of stuff. Obviously, that's a huge privilege — and to even have the time and the resources to have access to those kinds of therapies, that's a rarity for so many folks. And so using the Theragun has been my way to just really stay on top of my potential ailments."
Pro Tip: Howard has found extended use for her Theragun, saying the massage gun is a worthwhile purchase (or gift) for anyone who is constantly on the go. "When I direct on Star Wars — I love directing action — and I bring my Theragun with me to set. And after a stunt performer will do a remarkable stunt, my way of saying thank you to them is I'll just pass them my Theragun. I'll be like: 'Cut. Thank you.'" Coolest director ever?
Her Morning-Routine Must Have: Oral-B iO Series 9 Electric Toothbrush
This Oral-B iO Series 9 Electric Toothbrush ($250, originally $330) is hailed by Howard for being the product that makes the "biggest impact" in her daily beauty routine. "If I brush my teeth and I can't do anything else, then I'm good to go. If I don't brush my teeth, then I literally cannot leave my house," she jokes.
Pro Tip: With capabilities like a pressure sensor, a smart display with personalized brushing modes, and even app-syncing capabilities that provide real-time individual tracking and coaching, Howard argues that the Oral-B iO Series 9 Electric Toothbrush doubles as the most "incredible gift" for loved ones during the holidays or really any time of the year, saying: "it's a way to show them every single day; twice a day; if you're like me, three times a day; that you're loved."
Her Sleep Must Have: Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set
Howard has a reputation for her notoriously great hair, and according to the actor, this Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set ($16) is to credit for a lot of it. "Right now, I'm editing — I'm doing my second feature documentary and I'm editing — and I was editing in my satin heatless curler. And then, no joke, 10 minutes before I had to get on for this [call], I just took it out, shook it out, blew out my bangs, and this is the effect." The effect she referenced was loose, effortless waves that were so enviable and breezy, I immediately purchased a set of my own (the influence is real!).
Pro Tip: For Howard, the real appeal of this curling set is that it's affordable and a "big time saver," with the actor even saying: "It's cut down my time in the hair and makeup trailer, even for acting and whatnot. And that's always something that I'm looking for." These curlers would be a great gift for busy people who are always on the go, similar to Howard.
Her Sneaker Must Have: Allbirds Wool Runners Sneakers
These cult-favorite Allbirds Wool Runners Sneakers ($110) are one of the sustainable label's most popular styles, and they also happen to be a pair that Howard herself "absolutely adores." The actor even detailed the special connection between the shoe and her time spent filming the Jurassic World series, saying: "I was introduced to Allbirds several years ago when I started spending a lot of time in New Zealand, and they're made there, and was reintroduced to them most recently when I shot 'Jurassic World Dominion' with Sam Neill, who is from New Zealand. As a wrap gift, he gave everybody a pair of sneakers, and again, it's a beautiful example of gift giving and the inherent value of gifts beyond their monetary value — every single time I wear these sneakers that [he] gave me, I think of Sam Neill and I think of 'Jurassic' and that experience and how much I loved it."
Pro Tip: While Howard believes sneakers are always an essential wardrobe staple given that you can pretty much wear them "in all circumstances," she admits to gravitating more toward this Allbirds sneaker simply because of its "no logo" design, which provides endless styling opportunities. "What I love about Allbirds, in particular, is that there's no logos. And so it gives you a really clean aesthetic look. I mean, I feel like you could wear a pair of Allbirds with a ballgown, honestly, and it's a vibe."