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Bryce Dallas Howard or Jessica Chastain? Even filmmaker father Ron Howard confuses them.

The filmmaker was “shook,” according to his actress daughter, after he mistook Jessica Chastain for Bryce Dallas Howard in an Apple store.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” Grand Opening Celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood
Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt attend the grand opening celebration of ‘Jurassic World -The Ride’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 22, 2019 in Universal City, California. While on the red carpet for the grand opening, Howard confirmed Chastain’s story about Howard’s film maker father mistaking Chastain for his daughter.
Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Universal Studios Hollywood

So, Dad doesn’t always know best. Bryce Dallas Howard is reflecting on her filmmaker father, Ron Howard, mistaking Jessica Chastain for his own daughter.

The “Jurassic World” actress confirmed the case of mistaken identity to Entertainment Tonight at a press event for “Jurassic World – The Ride” at Universal Studios.

“Legit,” she remarked of the story Chastain recently shared with The Associated Press. “And he was, like, shook. He really was.”

Chastain told AP the mishap took place at an Apple Store.

“I was, like, walking by, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s Ron Howard,’ “ she remembered. “And then my friend was with me (and) said he turned to someone, he goes, ‘I think I just saw Bryce.’ We look so much alike.”

Still, Chastain emphasized that the encounter was “brief.”

“I don’t want him to feel like, ‘I couldn’t recognize my daughter,’ “ she said, “but, no, I literally walked by, and he was like, ‘I think I saw Bryce.’ “

Bryce told ET that her father really sees a resemblance between the two actresses.

“At first he was like, ‘You really look so much alike,’ “ she said. “And I mean, obviously, I’m incredibly flattered, so it’s great. Although something is wrong when people stop mistaking me for her. I’ll be like, ‘Gotta get it together.’ “

Bryce expressed her excitement over the new theme park attraction which takes the place of “Jurassic Park – The Ride,” to USA TODAY at its opening Monday.

“We’re revisiting a chapter of an ongoing movie story that will be suspended in time on this ride forever,” she said at the event. “That’s thrilling.”

The ride presents the specter of millions of tourists meeting the franchise’s most fearsome dinosaurs – from the Mosasaurus, the genetic creation Indominus rex, and naturally T. rex.

“As you know from the ‘Jurassic’ saga, we never learn, we just never learn,” said Bryce, whose “Jurassic World” park operator Claire Dearing character has seen this interaction go very badly onscreen.

Claire appears in videos along with Chris Pratt’s rogue dinosaur researcher Owen Grady, giving line patrons banter-filled information about the real theme park they are about to enter. The dinosaur park was destroyed in 2015’s “Jurassic World,” but its brought back in the ride.

Contributing: Bryan Alexander

Read more at USAToday.com.