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"Opportunity without limitation."
—Claire Dearing's Unofficial Personal Motto(src)


Claire Dearing was the park operations manager of Jurassic World, prior to the abandonment of the park in 2015 upon the escape of the Indominus rex. She later became the founder and leader of the Dinosaur Protection Group, having been shaped by her experience in the Jurassic World incident, and rededicated to the survival and prosperity of the surviving dinosaurs. She is one of the two main protagonists, the other being Owen Grady. She is the younger sister of Karen Mitchell and the aunt of Zach and Gray.[2]

Claire is currently in a relationship with Owen Grady. She also is a guardian of Maisie Lockwood.

Claire is portrayed in the Jurassic World films by American actress Bryce Dallas Howard as well as in expanded media.

Story

Early life

Not much is known about Claire Dearing's life except that she has an older sister, Karen.[3] In 2004, during her freshman year of college, Claire was hired to intern at Jurassic World working with Bright Minds Internship.[4] After Jurassic World's opening, she was hired to be senior assets manager for the titular dinosaur park.[5]

Isla Nublar Incident (2015)

Sometime in June, her nephews, Zach and Gray, visited her and her place of work. As her job did not allow her to spend a great deal of time with them, she had her assistant Zara look after them while she received Verizon Wireless investors who wanted to learn about the park's new attraction, a genetic hybrid named Indominus rex. After meeting her nephews at the Innovation Center, she received the visiting CEO of Jurassic World Simon Masrani, and brought him to the Indominus rex Paddock. Masrani asked her to bring Velociraptor trainer and behaviorist Owen Grady to check the paddock for flaws, and she reluctantly went after the trainer given their uneasy relationship. As they traveled to the paddock, she tried to call her nephews, but got no response.

During their visit to the paddock, the I. rex eventually escaped from captivity and went on a chaotic romp throughout the park. She went back to the Control Room, and after seeing the first attempt on capturing the dinosaur fail, requested an emergency shutdown of the park's attractions. She then found out that her assistant Zara was not with her nephews, so she called them and discovered they were on the Gyrosphere attraction. Once discovering the boys were riding a sphere into the restricted area where the I. rex was loose, she decided to go after them, forcing her to again collaborate with Owen. While trailing the nephews, they found the Gyrosphere damaged and one of the Apatosaurs wounded. Once they reached the abandoned Visitor Center, they figured the boys had fixed one of the Jurassic Park Jeeps to drive back to Jurassic World, and were attacked by the Indominus rex. They witnessed Masrani's helicopter be brought down by escaping pterosaurs from the Jurassic World Aviary, and ran back to the park while Pteranodon and Dimorphodon flew above them.

After reaching Main Street, Claire and Owen were attacked by a Dimorphodon that tried to carry Owen away, leading Claire to grab his rifle and shoot the pterosaur to put it to sleep. Shortly afterward she found her nephews and escorted them to safety in the Mobile Veterinarian Unit MVU-12. While checking Owen leading Blue and the rest of his Velociraptors to hunt the Indominus rex on her tablet, Claire witnessed the hybrid take control of the pack. An InGen Soldier warned them of the raptors and went to the back of the vehicle to try to get inside it. He was then attacked by Delta and Claire hit the accelerator and soon Echo smashed through the driver's window trying to kill Claire. The raptors pursued her vehicle, but both of them were defeated as Claire drove Echo into a tree in the pursuit and her nephews tased Delta with a cattle prod when she tried to go inside the back of the vehicle. Afterward, they met up with Owen while driving on the road who told her that they needed to go indoors. Claire then called Lowery to send in a rescue chopper.

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Claire opens Paddock Nine, releasing the T. rex.

Entering the Hammond Creation Lab, Claire found that the InGen Security Division had commandeered the building, and Vic Hoskins revealed he had ordered the creation of the Indominus rex seeking a living weapon. While Vic discussed his plan with them, Delta entered the laboratory and killed Hoskins, causing Claire and her group to flee to Main Street. The group successfully escaped Delta when Gray used the Holoscape to project a Dilophosaurus to distract the raptor, but once outside, the group was met by the two surviving Velociraptors with Delta soon joining her other pack members. However, Owen convinced his raptor pack to attack the Indominus, but once Gray concludes they "need more teeth" to defeat the hybrid, Claire figures a solution. She calls Lowery Cruthers to open Paddock Nine, and uses a flare to attract the park's veteran T. rex into attacking the Indominus, eventually resulting in the hybrid's defeat.

After the evacuation, Claire was in the warehouse with the rest of the survivors where she reunited with her sister and brother-in-law arriving. She hugged Karen before leaving the nephews to their parents and left together with Owen.[3]

Eruption of Mount Sibo

After the park closed, Claire founded the Dinosaur Protection Group to organize a rescue mission to save the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar from Mount Sibo's impending eruption that threatens to send the dinos back into extinction. She is betrayed by Eli Mills and left to die on the island after he got what he wanted: Blue. She, Owen Grady, and Franklin Webb manage to escape by sneaking onto the boat as it's leaving the island. She learns that Mills only wanted the dinosaurs so that he could auction them off to the highest bidder. Planning to stop him, Owen and Claire head to Lockwood Manor but are caught by Mills's men. They are imprisoned among the dinosaurs and are too late to stop the auction. They escape with the help of a Stygimoloch named Stiggy and run into Maisie Lockwood.

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Owen and Claire attempt to extract T. rex blood.

Together they enter the auction room where the Indoraptor is being bid on. They agree that it can't be allowed to leave the grounds. Claire and Maisie watch as Owen, with the help of the Stygimoloch, ends the auction by force. Owen reunites with Claire and Maisie but they run into an enraged Mills. They learn that Maisie is a clone of Benjamin Lockwood's daughter. Before Mills can have her & Owen killed, the Indoraptor attacks and kills the mercenaries with Mills, forcing him to retreat. They are chased around the main floor of Lockwood Manor. Claire is injured and encourages Owen to go after Maisie who is being pursued by the Indoraptor. Later, Claire is on the rooftop with a gun pointed at the Indoraptor who is poised to attack Owen. She encourages it to do so with the laser and it almost falls through the glass roof. The Indoraptor manages to catch itself but does end up plummeting to its death after Blue jumps on it.

Claire is told by Zia Rodriguez and Franklin that the dinosaurs are dying due to the ventilation being broken. The only way to save them is to open the doors and let them run free. Claire goes to push the button to let them out but hesitates and decides against it. Maisie ends up being the one to open the gates, letting the dinosaurs out into the world, which led to the T. rex from Isla Nublar and a Carnotaurus killing Mills and destroying the bone sample of the Indominus rex. The group leaves the manor and say goodbye to Blue, who runs off into the North Californian wilderness. Claire, Owen, and Maisie are later seen driving down the high way to an unknown destination.

Personality and traits

Claire is a "workaholic" and has a Type A personality.[6] This was demonstrated by her actions when on a date with Owen Grady: she printed an itinerary, refused to drink tequila, and criticized Owen's attire. She was devoted almost entirely to her job and was very good at it, but had found little time for personal pursuits and was a bit cold and aloof. Initially believing the dinosaurs to be little more than 'assets' and beasts with limited intelligence if any, she was shaken when she discovered a fatally wounded Apatosaurus and Owen comforted it in its final moments, which made her realize that they were living, thinking creatures. This would later evolve into a fully dedicated effort towards saving the dinosaurs, first from Mt. Sibo's eruption, and then from Eli Mills' machinations when she discovered his intents to sell the captured dinosaurs for money.

Relationships

Gray and Zach

Claire cared a lot for her nephews, even if her workaholic tendencies made her barely see them - prior to them visiting Jurassic World, it was 7 years before her last visit, and she does not know the boys' exact ages. However, during the Isla Nublar Incident of 2015 she showed much care for them and goes to lengths to protect them.[3]

Owen Grady

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Claire and Owen during the Jurassic World incident in 2015.

Claire and Owen had many personality differences which ensured their relationship was an uneasy one. The two had a date, but it did not work out, with Claire's control freak tendencies and Owen's overtly loose manners displeasing each other. Once the park direction asked her to bring Owen to inspect the Indominus rex pen, the two were frequently insulting each other during the assignment. Once the I. rex broke free and Claire and Owen had to look for her nephews, Owen complained that she was not prepared for such a jungle trek, particularly her high heel shoes. However, given the whole incident made Claire and Owen tend for each other, they started to develop an emotional bond. Once Claire shot a Dimorphodon which had attacked Owen, he thanked by passionately kissing her. After the Isla Nublar incident was finished, Owen said they'd better "stick together, for survival's sake".[3]

Maisie Lockwood

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Claire holding Maisie out of caring.

While meeting with Benjamin Lockwood to save the dinosaurs from Eruption of Mt. Sibo, she noticed Maisie watching them. Days later, she and Owen saw Maisie again. As Maisie was distressed over the ordeal, Claire convinces her to trust her as she knew that Maisie saw her with her grandfather. Claire takes a liking to the girl as she went to lengths to protect her from Mills, his mercenaries and the Indoraptor. Even when she learns that Maisie is a clone of Lockwood's daughter, Claire, along with Owen, accepted her as a person regardless of her origins.

Gallery

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Behind the scenes

Claire Dearing was portrayed on screen by American actress Bryce Dallas Howard. Claire shares her physical appearance with Howard inlcuding her red hair and green eyes and her physical features have remained in expanded media. 

The character originated in prior screenplays such as the Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver drbaft. In one of these early drafts her name was Beth and she was the love interest of the main character[7]. In another, Claire was named Whitney and was to have a much smaller and darker role, being the antagonist of Vance (the character who became Owen Grady).[8] Another screenplay featured Claire staying with Zach and Gray during their trip instead of leaving them with her assistant.[9]

It was in Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly's final draft that Claire was firmly established as a protagonist who would go on to continue a character evolution into successive films. Bryce Dallas Howard was chosen and casted the earliest out of the finalized cast due to her varied background as an actress. Trevorrow mentioned that Howard (as was most of the cast) was chosen due to being a great character actor. In interviews and behind the scenes footage, writer Derek Connolly has expressed that he views Claire as the true main protagonist of the Jurassic World Trilogy given it is her undergoing a character arc & journey. This can be supported as the first two Jurassic World films introduce Claire first out of all the main cast. Despite this, Bryce Dallas Howard recieves second billing (and Chris Pratt's Owen is still a pivotal key character of the films).

Throughout Jurassic World, Bryce Dallas Howard never changes out of Claire's signature high heeled shoes and likely had to endure specific training learning how to move fast in the uncomfortable shoes, while adding that "it’s way better than running barefoot in a jungle.”[10] There was minor backlash online from fans who found Claire wearing wheels throughout the film to be ridiculous, despite Howard doing all her running herself on screen and not an easy feat. This "controversy" surrounding the heels led to Colin Trevorrow texting Howard "#NoHeels2018" in referring to Claire's attire in Fallen Kingdom. Humorously, Howard still wears heels at the beginning of the film before appearing in terrain fitting jungle boots for the rest of the film.

In a deleted scene, Claire would make mention of having only seen her nephews three times over the course of their lives, two of those occasions being funerals. Another deleted scene featured Claire being told by Owen to cover herself in dinosaur feces in order to "mask her scent" (due to her apparent strong perfume) leading her to cover said feces on her legs, arms, and face. This entire scene was likely a reference to a scene in Jurassic Park which featured Ellie Sattler sticking her arms in a mound of Triceratops feces but it was ultimately cut for time. However evidence of the scene remains in the film as Claire is shown with "mud" on her arms after the Indominus attack in the Jurassic Park garage.

Trivia

  • In The Evolution of Claire novel, Claire is stated to canonically be 19 in the year 2004, placing her birthyear possibly in 1985 or 1984. This makes Claire Dearing 30 years old in Jurassic World, 33 years old in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and 36 in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion.
    • This also makes Claire around four years younger than her actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
  • Claire's overall appearance and especially her adventure attire in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom bears similarity to the character of Sarah Harding from The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The two are both redhaired characters who wear primarily green clothes (trousers and tops plus jungle suited boots), both are the heroines of a sequel to a Jurassic Park film, and both are Dinosaur advocates whose opposition are dinosaur hunters.
    • Coincidentally, both characters' surnames end in "ing".
  • Claire is both the first main lead of a Jurassic Park film and main female lead to appear in multiple films as the main character and the lead female character.
  • In Jurassic World, Claire's signature color appears to be white reflecting order, sterility, and cleanliness which is reflected in how clean and orderly her hair style and clothing is. The film sees her attire slowly become disorderly and unkempt until the end Claire is free of this attire. In Fallen Kingdom, Claire briefly appears in white at Lockwood Manor but her signature color of this film is green reflected in her adventure attire for the remainder of thhe film. It could reflect her empathy for nature & dinosaurs as well as the clothes being more adventurous freedom.
    • Claire shares her Jurassic World signature color with John Hammond in the first Jurassic Park.

References

  1. According to the description for "The Evolution of Claire", she was a freshman in College in 2004. This means she was 18 or 19 in 2004.
  2. http://www.jurassicworld.org/index.php?id=214#comments
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Jurassic World
  4. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-evolution-of-claire-jurassic-world/id1323714268?mt=11At
  5. Masrani News: May 2015
  6. Jurassic World: What We Saw On Set - IGN (April 28, 2015) Retrieved from http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/04/28/jurassic-world-what-we-saw-on-set?page=2
  7. Meet new characters in leaked Jurassic World script pages (February 27, 2014) Retrieved from http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/02/27/meet-new-characters-in-leaked-jurassic-world-script-pages-1257420?lt_source=external,manual
  8. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/original-jurassic-world-script-reveals-bryce-dallas-howard-was-almost-the-big-bad
  9. davelowerystoryboards - Jurassic World (July 31, 2015) Retrieved from http://dlstoryboards.blogspot.com/2015/07/jurassic-world_31.html
  10. Bryce Dallas Howard had to train for all of her high-heeled running in 'Jurassic World'
Jurassic World Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingZach MitchellGray MitchellVic HoskinsBarry SembèneHenry WuSimon MasraniLowery CruthersVivian KrillZara YoungKaren MitchellScott MitchellKatashi HamadaHal OsterlyJim DruckerErica BrandNickEllisSarahAustinCraigLeeMeyersSpearsMillerCooper
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingMaisie LockwoodEli MillsBenjamin LockwoodFranklin WebbZia RodriguezKen WheatleyGunnar EversolHenry WuIris CarrollIan MalcolmSherwood
Jurassic World: Dominion Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingMaisie LockwoodAlan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmHenry WuZia RodriguezFranklin WebbLowery CruthersBarry SembèneLewis Dodgson
 
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