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"Welcome to Jurassic World"
—Claire Dearing(src)

Claire Dearing is the leader of the Dinosaur Protection Group and the former park operations manager of Jurassic World, before the park's abandonment 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 currently in a relationship with Owen Grady and, alongside him, is a guardian of Maisie Lockwood.​​​​ She is Karen Mitchell's younger sister and Zach and Gray's aunt.[2]

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

Story

Early life

Claire Dearing was (possibly) born in 1985 and is Karen's younger sister. 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 still pruned them when they became young adults. According to Claire, she had a happy, normal childhood and described their upbringing as "somewhat country".

Claire was passionate about animals and wildlife from a young age; her mother would later remark that she always suspected Claire would become a veterinarian due to this passion. At 12-years-old, Claire discovered Roo, a Pyrenees mix breed dog, kept at a warehouse as a guard dog on a five-foot chain. The warehouse keepers gave the dog minimal food that was too little but enough to keep Animal Control away from taking the animal. Claire would often visit the dog and talk to it to keep it company since it was too far away to pet. She'd 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 on 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 experience was the first that inspired Claire to aid animal life and enter law school to change laws to achieve her goal of helping them. 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 to college right after high school, Karen stuck around their hometown and often visited their parents. However, Claire would rarely call and wouldn't visit as she was entirely focused on her studies, causing some strain in her relationship with her family.

College

By 2004, Claire had two pets. A blue-tongued skink named Sally (after Sally Ride) and a dog named Earheart, presumably named after Amelia Earheart. Claire brought Sally 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 ended, Claire applied for six internships in which only one - an internship at Washington D.C. - was rejected. The remaining five were all 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, with whom she became romantically linked. Claire also bonded with other interns AmandaEric SkyeTanya SkyeRonnie Torres, and Art. 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 a supposed previous intern's journal (which contradicted Bright Minds being the supposed first instance of a Jurassic World internship program). Claire also helped uncover corporate spies in the program; while initially suspecting Wyatt, son of a Masrani Board member, she and Justin discovered it was Eric and Tanya Skye.

Tragically, Claire and Justin caught the two in the act when they accidentally freed a velociraptor from its paddock, which then attacked Justin. Justin 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. After some mourning for Justin, Claire learned the two siblings were stealing information to sell to a rival corporation to pay for their sister's medical bills. Despite Justin's death, Claire negotiated with Simon Masrani to pay for the Skye sister's 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 strongly with the brachiosaurs and stayed behind to free one of the animals. Masrani paid her family to keep the silence, and Claire agrees to remain quiet 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 remain on Isla Nublar, which Claire accepts.

2005-2015

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

At some point (likely between 2011 and 2015, given the start of the IBRIS Project), Claire also went on a date with head Velociraptor trainer and behaviorist, Owen Grady. Claire had printed out an itinerary for the date and was against having tequila while Owen showed up to their date wearing "board shorts". Due to Owen being more free-spirited and somewhat of a chauvinist, and Claire's desire for order, the two clashed in personality. 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).

In a deleted scene, Claire mentioned that she'd only seen her nephews "three times" in their lives, two of which were funerals, presumably of her parents.

Jurassic World

Sometime in June, her nephews, Zach and Gray, visited her and her workplace. As her job didn't allow her to spend a great deal of time with them, she had her assistant Zara look after them. Claire 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, Claire received the visiting Jurassic World CEO Simon Masrani and brought him to the Indominus rex Paddock. Masrani asked her to bring in Owen 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.

As they visit the paddock, the I. rex eventually escaped from captivity and went on a chaotic romp throughout the park. Claire returned to the Control Room. However, after seeing the first attempt at capturing the dinosaur fail, she requested an emergency shutdown of the park's attractions. Claire then learned that Zack and Gray weren't with her assistant Zara, so Claire called them and discovered they were on the Gyrosphere attraction. Once learning 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. Then they 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. Shortly afterward, she found her nephews and escorted them to safety in the Mobile Veterinarian Unit MVU-12. While watching 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 Claire defeated them as she 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 a warehouse with the other survivors, reuniting with her sister and brother-in-law. She hugged Karen before leaving the nephews to their parents and went with Owen.[4]

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

While Claire does not appear in Jurassic World: Camp CretaceousRoxie mentions her 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 affected 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 would later amuse Claire.

Claire still felt responsible for the dinosaurs 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 to rescue the dinosaurs and aid in their welfares. This matter especially became their concern when Isla Nublar's former dormant volcano Mt. Sibo suddenly became highly active. Geologists speculated Mt. Sibo would erupt and cause significant damage to the island and send the remaining dinosaurs back into extinction.

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 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 kill the remaining dinos. She is betrayed by Eli Mills and left to die on the island after he got what he wanted: Blue. She, Owen, and Franklin 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. Owen and Claire head to Lockwood Manor planning to stop him but are caught by Mills's men. They're imprisoned among the dinosaurs and 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 auctioned off. 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. The Indoraptor chases them around the main floor of Lockwood Manor. Claire is injured and encourages Owen to go after Maisie, whom the Indoraptor is pursuing. Later, Claire is on the rooftop with a gun pointed at the Indoraptor, 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.

Zia and Franklin tell Claire that the dinosaurs are dying due to the broken ventilation; the only way to save them is to open the doors and let them run free. Claire goes to push the button to release them 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 Indominus rex bone sample. The group leaves the manor and says goodbye to Blue, who runs off into the North Californian wilderness. Claire, Owen, and Maisie are later seen driving down the highway 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. Claire initially believed dinosaurs to be little more than 'assets' and beasts with limited intelligence, if any. However, when she and Owen discovered a fatally wounded Apatosaurus and Owen comforted it in its final moments, it shook Claire, making her realize they were living, thinking creatures. This realization 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. However, she is not above killing those who harm those she love, namely a Dimorphodon that attacked Owen.

Relationships

Karen Mitchell

Karen and Claire have been close since their childhood. The two are still close even into adulthood despite Claire's narrow and intense focus on her career. Before Claire's internship at Bright Minds, one could best describe their relationship as being like two best friends. However, the two differed 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, though Claire scoffed at the notion. Claire later lamented how her neglecting to be with Zach and Gray would affect her relationship with Karen, even believing she'd 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 Jurassic World's fall, she moved in with Karen and the boys to remain nearby. It's 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.

Zach and Gray

Claire cared a lot for her nephews, even if her workaholic tendencies made her barely see them - before them visiting Jurassic World, it was seven years before her last visit, and she does not know the boys' exact ages. However, during the Isla Nublar Incident of 2015, Claire showed how much she cared for them and went 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 Claire was ill-prepared for such a jungle trek, particularly with her high-heel shoes. However, given the whole incident made Claire and Owen tend to each other, they started to develop an emotional bond. Once Claire shot a Dimorphodon which had attacked Owen, he thanked her by passionately kissing her. After the Jurassic World incident was over, Owen said they'd better "stick together, for survival".[4]

Simon Masrani

Claire had a great deal of respect for the billionaire owner of Masrani Global, mostly when she was younger. Masrani, in turn, deeply 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, Masrani offered 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 died in his attempt to take down the Indominus rex, Claire was visibly horrified.

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 met Maisie again at Lockwood Manor. As her recent ordeals had left Maisie distressed, Claire convinces her to trust her, knowing that Maisie saw her with her grandfather. Claire immediately becomes protective of the girl, going through great lengths to defend 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 friend; she also respects Zia for her veterinary skill and love of dinosaurs. When Zia gets frustrated in a phone call with a Congresswoman, Claire took over to smooth out a deal. Later, when offered to return to Isla Nublar to rescue Blue, Claire brought Zia along for her Paleo-Veterinarian expertise. When on the island passing through Main Street's ruins in a military vehicle, Zia runs out of it to see a Brachiosaurus passing by with her own eyes. 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 harm's way from the Baryonyx and evading the pyroclastic flow of the erupting Mt. Sibo, Claire, Franklin, and Owen wind up on a beach. After processing all of the shock, Claire immediately asks about Zia's whereabouts, to which Owen reveals Zia being taken captive by Ken Wheatly's men. When reuniting on the Arcadia after escaping further eruption, Zia remarks in joy at Owen, Claire, and Franklin being alive. 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 saving Blue. 

One might best compare Claire and Zia's relationship to Claire's relationship with Zara Young, Claire's deceased assistant. However, comparisons falter as Claire shows more genuine 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 get along well as colleagues and friends. Claire depends on Franklin in the Dinosaur Protection Group as everyone values his programmer and computer technician skills for managing their social media and marketing. However, these skills also extend to critical use when Claire brings Franklin and Zia to Isla Nublar to rescue Blue. Franklin is who taps into the Jurassic World system network, allowing them to access the dinosaur tracking system.

Claire and Franklin later work together to escape the trapped computer station when abandoned by the mercenaries. Claire tries to ease Franklin's worries about a T-rex but later gets frustrated when Franklin freaks out. 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 a falling rock hits him before Owen gets him instead.

One might best compare Claire's relationship with Franklin and his role within the Dinosaur Protection Group to her relationship with Lowery in Jurassic World. However, Claire seems to show a level of respect towards Franklin and care for his wellbeing throughout the events of Fallen Kingdom. However, she does display 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 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 age 30, Justin's death still affected Claire.

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Behind the scenes

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

The character originated in previous screenplays such as the Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver draft. 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]

Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly's final draft firmly established Claire as a protagonist who would continue a character evolution through successive films. Bryce Dallas Howard was chosen and cast the earliest out of the finalized cast due to her varied background as an actress. As was most of the cast, Trevorrow mentioned that Howard 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 real main protagonist of the Jurassic World Trilogy since she's the one who undergoes a character arc. This sentiment 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 essential 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 some minor backlash from fans online who found Claire wearing heels throughout the film to be ridiculous, despite Howard doing all her running herself on-screen and it not being 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 appropriate jungle boots for the rest of the film.

In one deleted scene, Claire would mention having seen her nephews only three times throughout their lives, with two of those occasions being funerals. Another deleted scene featured Owen telling Claire to cover herself in dinosaur feces to "mask her scent" (due to her potent vanilla-scented lotion), 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 dung, but Steven Spielberg ultimately cut it for time. However, evidence of the scene remains in the film as Claire has "mud" on her arms and chest before the Indominus attack in the Jurassic Park garage.

Trivia

  • The Evolution of Claire novel states Claire as canonically 19 in 2004, placing her birth year in either 1985 or 1984, making Claire 30-years-old in Jurassic World, 33 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 the 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. Both are redhead characters who wear primarily green clothes (trousers and tops plus jungle-suited boots). They are the heroines of a Jurassic Park film sequel, and both are dinosaur advocates who oppose 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 her hairstyle and clothing reflect with their cleanness. The film sees her attire slowly become disorderly and unkempt until the end, when 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

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Jurassic World Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingZach MitchellGray MitchellVic HoskinsBarry SembèneHenry WuSimon MasraniLowery CruthersVivian KrillZara YoungKaren MitchellScott MitchellKatashi HamadaHal OsterlyJim DruckerErica BrandNicholas LettingNick KilgoreSarahAustinCraigLeeMeyersSpearsMillerCooperBlueCharlieDeltaEchoRexy/Roberta
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingMaisie LockwoodEli MillsBenjamin LockwoodFranklin WebbZia RodriguezKen WheatleyGunnar EversolHenry WuIris CarrollIan MalcolmSherwoodBlueRexy/RobertaStiggy
Jurassic World: Dominion Characters
Owen GradyClaire DearingAlan GrantEllie SattlerIan MalcolmHenry WuZia RodriguezMaisie LockwoodFranklin WebbBarry SembèneLewis Dodgson