Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard. | Source: Instagram.com/realronhoward | fake images
Ron Howard met his wife Cheryl in high school, but the award-winning principal didn’t think they would get over their high school romance. Nearly five decades later, she has appeared in all of his films due to superstition.
Ron Howard is a man who wears many hats in Hollywood. He started out as a child actor and starred in the iconic show “The Andy Griffith Show.” Now Howard is a producer, screenwriter and director.
Although Howard dreamed of making it big in show business, he also had someone important in his life who he grew up with, his loving wife, Cheryl Howard.
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard photographed around 1978. | Source: Getty Images
Howard and Cheryl celebrated their 47th anniversary this year, but their love story dates back to when they were at Burrough High School in Burbank, California.
According to his biography, “Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon…and Beyond,” written by Beverly Gray, when Howard started high school, he already had a car, a Volkswagen Beetle, but the actor was too shy to start. have dates.
That changed when Cheryl, a red-haired girl, sat across from him in an English class. Gray wrote that Cheryl was so socially awkward that she described herself as “paralyzed by her shyness” from her.
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard at the press reception in 1975. | Source: Getty Images
He also didn’t know that Howard was an actor because his father didn’t allow him to watch television. Although Cheryl’s father’s job was to rent apartments for actors, he gave her daughter the impression that acting was not her best career.
However, Gary wrote that Howard and Cheryl talked about their dog for an hour before the actor worked up the courage to ask her out.
To the shy girl’s surprise, their first date went pretty well because Cheryle and Howard have been inseparable ever since. According to Gary’s biography, the couple’s friends also thought they were made for each other from their first meeting.
However, as their romance grew, Cheryl’s parents tried to keep the teenagers from moving too fast, telling Howard that he couldn’t date Cheryl more than twice a week.
Howard couldn’t stay long without seeing his girlfriend, so he found a way to get around his parents’ request by joining Burroughs’ high school cross country team.
Gary wrote that the actor jogged every morning and ended up at Cheryl’s house. He would then invite her to breakfast or ask her if they wanted to “play around” before her father returned.
Ron Howard photographed on the set of “Happy Days” in 1974. | Source: Getty Images
Nonetheless, the couple enjoyed their secret walks, with Cheryl dropping him off a few blocks from her house so her father wouldn’t see them while Howard ran home.
The romance between Cheryl and Howard never died. They married in 1975, and as the couple celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary, the director told People, “I met her and there was never anyone else.”
Cheryl and Howard welcomed four children together. They had their first child, a daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, followed by twins Paige Howard and Jocelyn Howard, and a son, Reed Howard.
Why was Ron having second thoughts about their marriage?
Award-winning director Howard confessed that he was surprised that his relationship with his wife of more than four decades lasted beyond their high school romance.
In an interview with HuffPost, Howard said he knew the chance of a long-term high school relationship lasting was slim, but somehow he and Cheryl pulled it off. The actor shared:
“It’s crazy: we were teenagers; it shouldn’t have worked. We got married young, that shouldn’t have worked either, and yet it really has.”
But Cheryl has been more than just a wife to Howard. She has been his support system since the beginning of his career, and the director even told Closer Weekly why he appreciates his wife so much. He said:
“[Cheryl] It has made so many good things possible and so many difficult things manageable. I am eternally grateful.”
Gary wrote that when Howard and Cheryl were in high school, he featured her in his short film “The Deed of Daring-Do” for submission to Kodak’s Teen Filmmaker Competition, and from that day on, his wife became a trademark. in his movies. .
How Cheryl Supports Her Husband’s Superstition
Since the director introduced his wife in his first short film in high school, he has since included her in every film he has directed.
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard in New York 2014. | Source: Getty Images
In an interview with Today, Howard said that having Cheryl in his movie was his only superstition; he even said that he once cut a scene where she was alone to put it back on green screen.
The director clarified that his wife doesn’t mind being in his movies, but he does, which will always be important to Howard.
The “Happy Days” alum celebrated his 50th first date anniversary by putting Cheryl’s face on his socks. She shared her unique socks on Instagram and said they would recreate her first date with pizza from her and even drive around in the same Volkswagen Beetle she picked her up in. her back in high school.
What does Cheryl do besides support her husband?
It’s well known that Cheryl is Howard’s rock and biggest supporter, but in addition to being a loving wife, she’s also a writer. According to her website, where the writer shared some background about herself, she never liked writing at first and she was not that good at English either.
But she fell in love with her husband because of his “passion for history”. So the writer made it her mission to find stories that she was passionate about.
It turned out that the writer had always been interested in the “traditional cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia,” which she says inspired her 2005 novel “In the Face of Genius.”
The book follows the narrative of two American sisters who go on a trip to buy silk in India, but one of the sisters goes missing and the other searches Afghanistan and Pakistan to find her.
Cheryl shared on her website that her interest in Pakistan was inspired by deep conversations she had with her friend Ali Nazim, whom she met while living in Connecticut.
To finish his book, “In the Face of Jinn,” he investigated by traveling incognito to Pakistan and Afghanistan. But Howard wasn’t sure his wife would travel this far without him.
Howard told the NY Times that he tried to stop Cheryl from going. He said: “At that point I said to him, ‘Can’t you just watch some documentaries to get a sense of the culture?’
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard in London 2013. | Source: Getty Images
But Cheryl was on a mission to deliver a great book, and she was already fascinated with the country. So she said, “I did it illegally. I think he was probably a little jealous that I got in and he didn’t.” Howard didn’t accompany her wife on the trip, but he worried about her the whole time he was away from her.