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Bryce Dallas Howard: 'I Never Watched Happy Days'

1/13/2011 8:30am EST

Bryce Dallas HowardActress Bryce Dallas Howard was baffled by school pals' questions about her director dad Ron's time on Happy Days - because she never watched the classic TV show.

The Village actress grew up unaware of her dad's acting credits, insisting she only ever knew her father as a moviemaker.

And it wasn't until she was in her early 20s that she caught up on her dad's time as Richie Cunningham after U.S. chatshow host Jay Leno gifted her with a boxset.

She tells Britain's You magazine, "I never watched Happy Days. School friends used to say, 'What did you think of your dad in the show?' But I didn't see an episode until I was 22. Dad never showed us Happy Days or any of his acting - he's the most humble man on planet earth.

"(Leno) gave me a boxset. So I sat down and watched them and it was wild to see my father act, because he's always been a director to me. I totally understand why everyone loves the show. There are running jokes that you love; there is something wholesome about it but it's also fun."

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