Laura Dern admits she was emotional returning to Jurassic World Dominion 30 years after original


Laura Dern has admitted it was emotional returning to the Jurassic Park franchise almost 30 years after the original as she posed with her co-stars for a photocall.

The American actress, 55, made her long-awaited return as Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World Dominion, after holding down the female lead in the original trilogy that began with Jurassic Park in 1993.

She made little more than a cameo in 2001’s Jurassic Park III but has returned with her original co-stars Sam Neal and Jeff Goldblum for the final movie in the Jurassic World trilogy.

She’s back! Laura Dern has admitted it was emotional returning to the Jurassic Park franchise almost 30 years after the original as she posed with her co-stars for a photocall

Stunning: Laura spoke live from London's Trafalgar Square, where she was attending a Jurassic World Dominion photocall

Stars: Laura was joined by her co-star Bryce Dallas Howard at the photocall

Stunning: Laura spoke live from London’s Trafalgar Square, where she was attending a Jurassic World Dominion photocall with her co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff

Speaking about her return with stand-in host Ranvir Singh on Friday’s Lorraine, Laura admitted that she got ‘a bit weepy and nostalgic’ during their first day back on set.

She said Steven Spielberg was sent a photograph of herself, Sam as Alan Grant and Jeff as Dr Ian Malcolm as the trio reunited on set for their epic return to the dinosaur franchise.

She said: ‘The first day that myself Sam Neal and Jeff Goldblum had our costumes on and walked back on set, he was sent a photo of the three of us back together. 

‘We all got a bit weepy and nostalgic about all we have experienced in the family we’ve become. It’s been really special to us. 

Role: The American actress, 55, made her return as Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World Dominion, after holding down the female lead in the original trilogy that began with Jurassic Park (1993)

Role: The American actress, 55, made her return as Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World Dominion, after holding down the female lead in the original trilogy that began with Jurassic Park (1993)  

Emotional: Speaking about her return with stand-in host Ranvir Singh on Friday's Lorraine, Laura admitted that she got 'a bit weepy and nostalgic' during their first day back on set

Emotional: Speaking about her return with stand-in host Ranvir Singh on Friday’s Lorraine, Laura admitted that she got ‘a bit weepy and nostalgic’ during their first day back on set

‘We started the film just before the pandemic hit and we were officially the first movie back. It took sacrifice and courage in this predominantly UK crew who came together – living together and leaving their families.’

Laura went on to say that she had the ‘time of her life’ making the original Jurassic Park movie and said she was extremely proud to return as Dr Ellie Sattler for the latest instalment. 

Laura spoke on the chat show live from London’s Trafalgar Square, where she was attending a Jurassic World Dominion photocall with her co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff.

She captured attention in a stunning high-neck purple gown with a pleated skirt, which she teamed with a pair of silver stilettos.

Iconic trio: Laura said Steven Spielberg was sent a photograph of her, Sam as Alan Grant and Jeff as Dr Ian Malcolm as the trio reunited on set for their epic return to the dinosaur franchise

Iconic trio: Laura said Steven Spielberg was sent a photograph of her, Sam as Alan Grant and Jeff as Dr Ian Malcolm as the trio reunited on set for their epic return to the dinosaur franchise

Original: Ellie down the female lead in the original trilogy that began with Jurassic Park (1993) alongside her co-stars Jeff and Sam

Original: Ellie down the female lead in the original trilogy that began with Jurassic Park (1993) alongside her co-stars Jeff and Sam

The Wild At Heart star styled her golden locks in glamorous waves and accentuated her natural good looks with a slick of mascara and a touch of blusher.

Laura was joined by Bryce at the photocall, who did not fail to capture attention in a vibrant yellow gown with a keyhole cutout.

She gave herself a few extra inches in a pair of nude heels and wore her rouge fringed locks in loose curls.

The Rocketman star, who stars as Claire Dearing in Jurassic World, shielded her eyes from the bright sunshine with a pair of oversized sunglasses.

She was seen posing for group shots with original cast member Jeff Goldblum and her co-stars Dewanda Wise, who plays Kayla Watts, and Mamoudou Athie, who stars as Ramsay Cole.

Wow! At the photocall, Laura captured attention in a stunning high-neck purple gown with a pleated skirt, which she teamed with a pair of silver stilettos

Wow! At the photocall, Laura captured attention in a stunning high-neck purple gown with a pleated skirt, which she teamed with a pair of silver stilettos

Group: Laura and Bryce posed with original cast member Jeff Goldblum and her co-stars Dewanda Wise, who plays Kayla Watts, and Mamoudou Athie, who stars as Ramsay Cole

Group: Laura and Bryce posed with original cast member Jeff Goldblum and her co-stars Dewanda Wise, who plays Kayla Watts, and Mamoudou Athie, who stars as Ramsay Cole

Smart: Jeff cut a suave figure in black trousers and a dark shirt, which he teamed with a patterned grey jacket and tie

Style: Mamoudou, 33, opted for a more colourful look in a green suit and a paisley patterned shirt, which he styled with a pair of white trainers

Smart: Jeff cut a suave figure in black trousers and a dark shirt, which he teamed with a patterned grey jacket and tie, while Mamoudou, 33, opted for a more colourful look

The revived Jurassic World trilogy stars sees Chris Pratt and Bryce leading the cast as characters Owen Grady and Claire, while they will be joined by the original cast in the latest film. 

Speaking about Laura’s return to the franchise, Bryce, 41, said she is grateful that female characters have such a prominent role in the franchise.

She said: ‘I adore that there are so many female characters who are different because we’re not all what would typically present a strong, feminine or a superhero in classic adventure films.

”Jurassic’ is a very pro-female franchise. As it started, all the dinosaurs were female. They were women. And they’re inherent in the idealisation of that female strength female power.’

Return: Laura is returning to the franchise with her co-star Jeff Goldblum, who plays Dr Ian Malcolm, who was seen signing autographs at Trafalgar Square on Friday

Return: Laura is returning to the franchise with her co-star Jeff Goldblum, who plays Dr Ian Malcolm, who was seen signing autographs at Trafalgar Square on Friday

Character: Dewanda is a newcomer to the franchise, playing Kayla, a former Air Force pilot who aids Owen and Claire on their new mission amid a world of ferocious dinosaurs

Women: Bryce, 41, said she is grateful that female characters have such a prominent role in the franchise as she spoke about Laura's return

Women: Bryce, 41, said she is grateful that female characters have such a prominent role in the franchise as she spoke about Laura’s return, while newcomer Dewanda also has a key role

Bryce also admitted that she was inspired by Laura’s ‘iconic’ character growing up, adding: ‘Dr. Ellie Sattler was such an iconic character and such an important character because she’s a scientist and palebotanist. 

‘It was really important to see an inspiring character like that.’

Elsewhere at the photocall in Trafalgar Square, Jeff cut a suave figure in black trousers and a dark shirt, which he teamed with a patterned grey jacket and tie.

Mamoudou, 33, opted for a more colourful look in a green suit and a paisley patterned shirt, which he styled with a pair of white trainers.

Baby Blue: The much-anticipated film opens on June 10, 2022, while a second official trailer for the movie was released at the end of last month

Baby Blue: The much-anticipated film opens on June 10, 2022, while a second official trailer for the movie was released at the end of last month

Scary: The movie takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed and the fearsome creatures are now all over the planet. Pictured: Bryce as Claire Dearing

Scary: The movie takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed and the fearsome creatures are now all over the planet. Pictured: Bryce as Claire Dearing 

And Dewanda showed off her sensational sense of style in a polka dot halter-neck dress with a voluminous skirt, which she paired with black heeled sandals.

Dewanda is a newcomer to the franchise, playing Kayla, a former Air Force pilot who aids Owen and Claire on their new mission amid a world of ferocious dinosaurs.

The much-anticipated film opens on June 10, 2022, while a second official trailer for the movie was released at the end of last month.

The movie takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed and the fearsome creatures are now all over the planet. 

Big return: Sam Neill returns for the movie, said to be the last in the Jurassic World franchise, as original character Alan Grant

Big return: Sam Neill returns for the movie, said to be the last in the Jurassic World franchise, as original character Alan Grant 

Covid: Filming began in Canada in February 2020 and moved to other locations in England the following month. Pictured: Laura and Jeff as Ellie and Ian in the new movie

Covid: Filming began in Canada in February 2020 and moved to other locations in England the following month. Pictured: Laura and Jeff as Ellie and Ian in the new movie  

Dinosaurs are seen all over the world as they hunt people. Humans are attacked in the water, on land and in the sky. 

The film was first planned in 2014, a part of the future Jurassic World trilogy. 

Filming began in Canada in February 2020 and moved to other locations in England the following month.

In March 2020, production was put on hiatus as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in July 2020, and concluded four months later in November.

Filming locations were in England’s Pinewood Studios and the country of Malta.

Dinosaurs: The film was first planned in 2014, a part of the future Jurassic World trilogy. Pictured: Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018

Dinosaurs: The film was first planned in 2014, a part of the future Jurassic World trilogy. Pictured: Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018

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