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


Claire Dearing is the leader of the Dinosaur Protection Group and the former park operations manager of Jurassic World, prior to the abandonment of the park in 2015 upon the escape of the Indominus rex. She founded the DPG after her experience in the Jurassic World incident, and rededicated to the survival and prosperity of the surviving dinosaurs. She is Claire is currently in a relationship with Owen Grady and along side him is a guardian of Maisie Lockwood.​​​​ She is the younger sister of Karen Mitchell and the aunt of Zach and Gray.[2]

Claire is one of the main protagonists of the Jurassic World Trilogy and is portrayed on screen by American actress Bryce Dallas Howard as well as in expanded media.

Story

Early life

Claire Dearing was (possibly) born in 1985 and is the younger sister of Karen. The two sisters grew up in a small home on the outskirts of an unnamed town in a more rural area. Their house was small and was on two flat acres at the edge of a white beech grove. Their father kept bees and fixed trucks in a detached garage. When the girls were born, their father planted apple trees and continued to prune them when they became young adults. According to Claire she had a happy normal childhood and described their upbringing as "somewhat country".

From a young age, Claire was passionate about animals and wildlife. Claire's mother would later remark that she always suspected Claire would become a veterinarian due to this passion. At the age of 12, Claire discovered Roo, a pyraneese mix breed dog, who was kept at a warehouse as a guarddog on a five foot chain. The dog was given minimal food that was too little but enough to keep Animal Control away from taking the animal. Claire would often visit the dog and since it was too far away to pet, would talk to it to keep it company. She'd come and visit Roo during the cold winters and the hot summers and Roo would have to be outside and endure the harsh elements.

Claire became determined to rescue Roo, focusing all of her energy into this and reading up on Animal laws at the library. She also took pictures every day and built up a case and after six months, Animal Control was able to free the dog. This was the first incidence which inspired Claire to aid animal life and her goal to aid them by entering law school in order to change laws.

Sometime around when Karen was in college, Claire found an injured baby fox in a field. As the baby's paw was injured and Karen's place was close by, Claire brought the fox with her to wait for a few hours until the arrival of a wildlife rehab employee. According to Karen this baby fox scared her roommate so much that she screamed.

Karen would later marry Scott Mitchell with whom she'd have two children, Zach and Gray. As Claire went off to college right after high school, Karen stuck around their home town and would visit their parents often. Claire however would rarely call and would not visit as she was fully focused in study. This caused some strain in her relationship with her family.

College

By 2004, Claire had two pets. A blue tongued skink she named Sally (after Sally Ride) and a dog named Earheart, presumably named after Amelia Earheart. Claire brought Sally with her to live in her college's dorms with her roommate Regina while Earheart lived with Claire's parents in their family home. It is unknown if either pet is still living by 2015.

After her first year of college came to an end, Claire applied for six internships in which only one - an internship at Washington D.C. - was rejected. The remaining five had all been accepted but the only one Claire was directly interested in was the Bright Minds Internship, a program for college students to intern at the upcoming theme park Jurassic World.[3] Although Claire believed getting into law was the responsible adult path, after talking to Karen, Claire decided to accept the Bright Minds Internship as the park was a brand new frontier that would change the world.

Bright Minds

During that summer, Claire befriended Justin Hendricks, whom she was romantically linked with. Claire also bonded with other interns AmandaEric SkyeTanya SkyeRonnie Torres, and Art. While Claire learned a lot about the park and impressed several senior staff such as head trainer BertieSimon Masrani, and Dr. Henry Wu with her solutions to several problems, she also uncovered evidence of a potential cover up when discovering the journal of a supposed previous intern (which contradicted Bright Minds being the supposed first instance of an internship program at Jurassic World). Claire also helped uncover corporate spies in the program and while initially suspecting Wyatt, son of a Masrani Board member, she and Justin discovered it was actually Eric and Tanya Skye.

Tragically, Claire and Justin caught the two in the act when they accidently freed a velociraptor from its paddock. Justin was attacked and died from his injuries while Claire managed to subdue the animal with a taser and bear spray given to her by her sister. After this, Eric and Tanya were removed from the program and after some mourning for Justin, Claire learned the two siblings were stealing information to sell to a rival corporation in order to pay for their sister's medical bills. In spite of Justin's death, Claire negotiated with Simon Masrani to pay for the Skye's sisters medical bills.

Claire later on also confronted Masrani about the previous intern and Masrani revealed the truth. That the previous intern Izzie died in a car accident after trying to return to the evacuation boat when a storm came. Izzie had bonded greatly with the brachiosaurs and stayed behind to free one of the animals. Masrani paid her family to keep the silence and Claire agrees to this in order to keep Jurassic World up and running. Impressed by all of her actions and accomplishments over the summer, Masrani offered Claire the chance to begin working at Jurassic World and to remain on Isla Nublar which Claire accepts.

2005-2015

Within the years of Jurassic World running, Claire rose up in the ranks and eventually gained the position of Park Operations Manager of Jurassic World. In that time, Claire greatly changed from the caring empathetic science focused woman into a more straight laced business oriented manager. At some point before 2015, Claire hired Zara as her personal assistant in order to keep her busy schedule in order.

Also at some point (likely between 2011 and 2015 given the start of the IBRIS Project), Claire went on a date with head velociraptor trainer Owen Grady. Claire had printed out an itinerary for the date and was against having tequila while Owen had shown up to their date wearing "board shorts". The two clashed in personality due to Owen being more free spirited and somewhat of a chauvinist compared to Claire's desire for order. According to Grady this was why they never went on a second date and Claire voiced that she wasn't remotely interested (despite the fact the two had some level of physical attraction to the other).

Jurassic World

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.

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.[4]

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

While Claire does not appear in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous she is mentioned by Roxie during phone calls on several occasions.

2015 - 2018

Claire and Owen remained in a relationship for some time after their shared experiences. However, their clashing personalities had an affect on things and led to several arguments. After an instance in which they argued over who would drive their van, Claire told Owen to leave her. However, Owen was under the impression he left Claire of his own volition which later would amuse Claire.

Claire still felt a responsibility towards the dinosaurs that were still living on Isla Nublar as did many former employees and animal rights activists. As her original goals growing up were to help the betterment of animals, Claire decided to found the Dinosaur Protection Group which sought to secure funding in order to rescue the dinosaurs and aid in their welfares. This especially became their concern when Isla Nublar's former dormant volcano Mt. Sibo suddenly became highly active. It was speculated by geologists to erupt and cause significant damage to the island and kill the last remaining dinosaurs.

Two of Claire's DPG hires were Franklin Webb, a systems analyst, and Zia Rodriguez, a paleo-veterinarian and former Jurassic World intern. The two were fairly close with Claire and went along with her on trips to schools to educate children about dinosaurs and their current plight.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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.

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.[5] 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

Karen Mitchell

Karen and Claire have been close since their childhood. The two are still close even into adulthood in spite of Claire's narrow / intense focus on her career. Prior to Claire's internship at Bright Minds their relationship could be best described as being like two best friends. The two differed however in what they sought out in life with Karen firmly believing in having a family and finding love was the key to happiness. She firmly believed that Claire would become a mom like her which Claire scoffed at. Claire later lamented how her neglecting to be with Zach and Gray would affect her relationship with Karen and even believing she would never let her see the boys again after all the trauma and danger they experienced. But when Claire reunited the boys with their parents, Karen tearfully embraced her sister as well. 

According to Claire, after the fall of Jurassic World, she moved in with Karen and the boys in order to remain close by. It is believed that, with Claire now no longer in charge of managing a theme park, Claire's relationship with Karen (and by extension the rest of her family) improved.

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.[4]

Owen Grady

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".[4]

Simon Masrani

Claire had a great deal of respect for the billionaire owner of Masrani Global especially when she was younger. Masrani in turn greatly respected Claire due to her intelligence and willingness to challenge him in conversation. When Claire went on to solve several issues at Jurassic World just as an intern this inspired Masrani to offer her a job when the park opened. In her adulthood as Park Manager, Claire still somewhat respected Masrani but was more critical of his relaxed attitude towards running Jurassic World. When Masrani was killed in his attempt to take down the Indominus rex, Claire was visibly horrified by what happened.

Maisie Lockwood

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.

Zia Rodriguez

Claire respects Zia Rodriguez as a colleague and as a friend. She respect's Zia for her veterinary skill and love of dinosaurs. When Zia is shown getting frustrated in a phone call with a Congresswoman, Claire took over from her to smooth out a deal. Later when Claire was offered to return to Isla Nublar to rescue Blue, Claire brought along Zia for her expertise as a Paleo-Veterinarian. When on the island passing through the ruins of Main Street in a military vehicle, Zia runs out of it to see with her own eyes a Brachiosaurus passing by. Claire holds Zia's shoulders and stands with her as Zia cries due to it being the first dinosaur she had ever seen in real life. 

Claire and Zia split up when finding Blue, Claire staying behind with Franklin at the computer station and Zia joining Owen. After getting out of harms way from the Baryonyx and evading the pyroclastic flow of the erupting Mt. Sibo, Claire, Franklin and Owen wind up on a beach. Claire immediately after processing all of the shock asks about Zia's whereabouts to which Owen reveals Zia being taken captive by Ken Wheatly's men. When reuniting on the Arcadia after getting away from further eruption, Zia remarks in joy at Owen, Claire, and Franklin being alive and Claire and Zia later work together to help save Blue's life from a gunshot wound. When Zia manages a successful blood transfusion Claire cries in joy at Blue being saved. 

Claire and Zia's relationship might best be compared to Claire's relationship towards Zara Young, Claire's deceased assistant. However comparisons falter as Claire shows a more open respect and warmth towards Zia that is more akin to a friendship whereas Claire and Zara were more so just colleagues. 

Franklin Webb

Franklin and Claire both get along well as colleagues and friends. Claire depends on Franklin in the Dinosaur Protection Group as his skills as a programmer and computer technician are valued for managing their social media and marketing. However these skills also extend to critical use when Claire brings Franklin (along with Zia) to Isla Nublar to rescue Blue. It is Franklin who taps into the Jurassic World system network which allows them to access the dinosaur tracking system.

Claire and Franklin later work together to get out of the trapped computer station when left behind by the mercenaries. Claire tries to ease Franklin's worries about a T-rex but later gets frustrated when Franklin overpanics. Despite this Claire works to ensure Franklin makes it out of the situation alive as they rush to safety with Owen and later when the three run to the S.S. Arcadia. Claire tries to run back for Franklin when he's hit by a falling rock before Owen goes instead to get him.

Claire's relationship to Franklin as well as his role within the Dinosaur Protection Group might be best compared to her relationship to Lowery in Jurassic World. However Claire seems to show a level of respect more towards Franklin and a care for his wellbeing throughout the events of Fallen Kingdom. Although she does show the same level of annoyance to Lowery and Franklin's respective "un-brave" or un-heroic moments.

Justin Hendricks

From her first meeting with Justin Hendricks on their plane ride to Costa Rica to bonding with him at Jurassic World, Claire showed an obvious attraction to the young man. Even years later at 30, Justin's death still affected Claire.

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Jurassic World

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 including 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[6]. 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).[7] Another screenplay featured Claire staying with Zach and Gray during their trip instead of leaving them with her assistant.[8]

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 receives 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.”[9] 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 around 36 or 37 in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion.
    • This also makes Claire around four years younger than her actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 the 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

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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