Paging Paige Howard

There’s an old saying: Every time a celebrity baby is born, a paparazzi gets its wings. There’s also an even older one: Every time an older sister gives birth, she hogs all the friggin media spotlight!

paigehoward.jpgIt’s in the spirit of the latter that I was so happy to read Heather Salerno’s profile of Paige Howard in The Journal News yesterday. To recap: Paige is the daughter of director Ron and the sister of newly christened mother Bryce Dallas Howard. While I did write a bit about Paige’s starring role in the off-Broadway play “Mary Rose,” her theater debut, back in a Feb. 6 post, the arrival of Bryce’s baby boy this week eclipsed all other Howard-related news (except Howard Stern, of course). Thankfully, Heather was still on Paige patrol, and got a back-stage interview with the younger Howard. Below, just a few juicy factoids from her excellent story:

• Like Joseph Cross, Paige is also playing hookey from college, taking a leave of absence from her last semester at NYU to star in “Mary Rose.” Say, it may be two weeks too late for Valentines match-making, but those two would make an awesome couple, wouldn’t they?

• Among Paige’s favorite activities: astrology and palm reading. Don’t know if that means she’s also into psychics, but if so, somebody get that girl a copy of the March issue of InTown Westchester!

• In addition to the red hair, Paige also inherited dad’s “Dad’s big feet. I’m a size 10!” That means some big ass fuschia Uggs.

• Ron forbid his daughters from acting professionally until they turned 18. Salerno also learned that Paige didn’t tell her folks that she was acting in high school plays until junior year — even though she actually started performing in them freshman year.

• Finally settling a heated Suburbarazzi debate once and for all, Salerno reports that the Howards have lived in both Armonk and Connecticut. Case closed.

“Presenting Paige” [TJN]

(Photo: Elizabeth Orozco/The Journal News)

The new Howard on the block

tjndc5-5czsn0oj7hs1fea011mp_layout.jpgMeet Paige Howard, the latest offspring of Greenwich director Ron Howard to follow in Opie’s acting footsteps.

A 21-year-old NYU theater student, Paige has been cast as the lead in a revival of “Mary Rose,” by “Peter Pan” playwright J.M. Barrie, which just opened on Feb. 1 at the Vineyard Theater in NYC. The play is about a young woman’s disappearance and mysterious return to her family, and it also stars veteran Keir Duella (pictured here with Howard).

OK, now I’m gonna make a few bold predictions: Paige will star in two or three more Broadway productions, star in a couple films by the next up-and-coming Hollywood director (say, Christopher Nolan), and then become the love interest in “Spiderman 4.” Anyway, that’s the exact path sister Bryce Dallas Howard took — NYU to off-Broadway to Shymalan’s “Village” and “Lady in the Water” to Spidey 3’s hot mamma.

Unlike Bryce, however, Paige didn’t attend Byram Hills HS in Armonk. According to this Women’s Wear Daily interview, she went to an all-girls boarding school in Maryland. Also interesting: Ron wouldn’t let any of his daughters work profesionally until age 18; the Howard clan stays in touch via videoconferencing; and Paige has a twin sister, Jocelyn.

No word yet on whether Jocelyn’s been bit by the acting bug, too, but if the Howard clan manages to dilute the redheaded acting pool any further, we may just have to lock up David Caruso (again) to restore some sense of equilibrium.

“Paige Howard to star in ‘Mary Rose’ at Vineyard” [TheaterMania]

(AP Photo/Sam Rudy Media Relations/Carol Rosegg)