Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard. | Source: Instagram.com/realronhoward | Getty Images
Ron Howard met his wife Cheryl in high school, but the award-winning director didn’t think they would make it through their high school romance. Almost five decades later, she’s been in all of his movies because of a superstition.
Ron Howard is a man who wears many hats in Hollywood. He started out as a child actor and starred on the iconic “The Andy Griffith Show.” Today, Howard is a producer, screenwriter and director.
Although Howard dreamed of succeeding in show business, he also had someone important in his life whom he accompanied throughout his growth, his beloved wife, Cheryl Howard.
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard photographed circa 1978. | Source: Getty Images
Howard and Cheryl celebrated their 47th birthday this year, but their romance 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 college he already had a car, a Volkswagen Beetle, but the actor was too shy to start dating.
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”.
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard at a press reception in 1975. | Source: Getty Images
She also didn’t know that Howard was an actor because his father wouldn’t allow him to watch television. Even though Cheryl’s dad’s job was to rent apartments for actors, he made his daughter feel like acting wasn’t the best career.
Nonetheless, Gary wrote that Howard and Cheryl talked about his dog for an hour before the actor worked up the courage to ask him out.
To the shy girl’s surprise, their first date went pretty well as 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 when they first met.
However, as their romance grew, Cheryl’s parents tried to stop the teenagers from moving too fast and told Howard that he wasn’t allowed to take Cheryl out more than twice a week.
Howard couldn’t go long without seeing his girlfriend, so he figured out a way around his parents’ request by joining their cross-country team at Burroughs High School.
Gary wrote that the actor jogs every morning and ends up at Cheryl’s house. He would then ask her out for breakfast or ask her if they wanted to “have fun” before her father returned.
Ron Howard photographed on the set of “Happy Days” in 1974. | Source: Getty Images
Nonetheless, the couple enjoyed their secret rides, and Cheryl would drop him off a few blocks from her house so her father wouldn’t see them while Howard drove home.
The romance between Cheryl and Howard never died. They married in 1975, and when the couple celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary, the director told People, “I met her, and there was never anyone else.”
Cheryl and Howard have welcomed four children together. They had their first child, daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, followed by twins Paige Howard and Jocelyn Howard, and son Reed Howard.
Why Ron had doubts about their marriage
Award-winning director Howard has confessed he’s surprised his relationship with his wife of more than four decades has lasted beyond their high school romance.
In an interview with HuffPost, Howard said he knew the likelihood of a lasting high school relationship was slim, but somehow he and Cheryl made it. The actor shared:
“It’s crazy – we were teenagers, it shouldn’t have worked. We got married young, it shouldn’t have worked either, and yet it really and really worked.”
But Cheryl was more than just a wife to Howard. She’s been his support system since the start of his career, and the director even told Closer Weekly why he values his wife so much. He said:
“[Cheryl] 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 her submission to the Kodak Teenage Filmmaker Contest, and from that day on, his wife became a mark in his films. .
How Cheryl Supports Her Husband’s Superstition
Ever since the director featured his wife in his first high school short, he’s since put her in every movie he’s made.
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard in New York in 2014. | Source: Getty Images
In an interview with Today, Howard said having Cheryl in his film was his only superstition; he even said he once cut a scene she was in just to put her back in.
The director clarified that his wife doesn’t care about 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. He shared his unique socks on Instagram and said they would recreate their first date with pizza and even drive around in the same Volkswagen Beetle he took it in. back to high school.
What does Cheryl do other than support her husband?
It is well known that Cheryl is rock and the biggest supporter of Howard, but besides being a loving wife, she is also a writer. According to her website, where the writer shared some background information about herself, she was never into writing early on and wasn’t very good at English either.
But she fell in love with her husband because of his “passion for history”. The writer has therefore made it her mission to find stories that fascinate her.
It turned out that the writer had always been interested in “traditional cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia”, which she says inspired her 2005 novel “In the Face of Jinn”.
The book follows the story of two American sisters who go on a silk-buying trip to India, but one of the sisters goes missing and the other sister searches Afghanistan and Pakistan to find her.
Cheryl shared on her website that her interest in Pakistan was inspired by the in-depth conversations she had with her friend Ali Nazim whom she met while living in Connecticut.
To complete her book, “In the Face of Jinn”, she did her research while traveling undercover in 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 leaving. He said: “At the time, I said to him, ‘Can’t you just watch documentaries to get a sense of the culture?
Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl Howard in London in 2013. | Source: Getty Images
But Cheryl was on a mission to deliver a great book and was already fascinated by the country. So she said, “I did it illegally. I think he was probably a little jealous that I came in, and he didn’t.” Howard did not accompany his wife on the trip, but she worried about her the whole time she was away.