The Jurassic World trailer dropped early yesterday, and aside from a very hunky Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle amid dinos, another revelation was that once again Bryce Dallas Howard is playing someone everyone will hate: the bitch who created that scary part-shark/part-dinosaur and tried to play God.
This is yet another villainous turn for Ron Howard's daughter. There's of course The Help, 50/50 (which I actually think was a misunderstood character, despite being portrayed as a villain), and Twilight: Eclipse.
What is it about her that makes her such a great anatagonist? For one thing, there's the sweet factor. She looks demure and harmless, sickeningly so. Her red hair so natural. She's so perfect-looking that there's a bit of schadenfreude in rooting against her---someone so beautiful doesn't deserve to win in the end (and get to eat poo pie instead).
But the thing I think that makes her an especially great villain in movies is the nepotism that has gone into her off-camera career. Everyone knows she's Ron Howard's daughter (how could you not by that hair?). When audiences see her as Hilly, the overprivileged racist, it's already easy to "hate" her because she comes from privilege in real life. It's a quick jump to judgment, like Tori Spelling.
I'm not sure whether Dallas Howard likes playing villains or not, but I think she's found her niche. Ingenues come and go, but movies always need someone to hate. And since redheads could become extinct, that makes her all the more rare.