Natasha Henstridge

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Natasha Henstridge
Natasha Henstridge in March 2012 crop.jpg
Henstridge at a Canadian Film Centre & Variety-hosted reception for the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab
Born Natasha T. Henstridge
(1974-08-15) August 15, 1974 (age 40)
Springdale, Newfoundland, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Damian Chapa (1995–1996)
Darius Campbell (2011–2013 Divorce filed) [1]
Partner(s) Liam Waite (1996–2004)
Children 2

Natasha Tonya Henstridge (born August 15, 1974) is a Canadian actress and former fashion model. In 1995, she came to prominence with her debut movie role as the genetically engineered human-alien hybrid Sil in the science-fiction thriller Species, then the human-alien hybrid Eve in Species II and Species III. Other notable on-screen roles include The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, It Had To Be You, Ghosts of Mars, She Spies, the TV series Eli Stone, and the Canadian TV mini-series Would Be Kings, for which she won the Gemini Award for best actress. Her most recent role is as Dawn Chamberlain in the TV series The Secret Circle.

Early life[edit]

Henstridge was born in Springdale, Newfoundland, the daughter of Helen Henstridge, a homemaker, and Brian Henstridge, a construction manager and business owner.[2][3] Her maternal grandparents were from the Mi'kmaq Nation. She was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, with her younger brother, Shane.

Modeling career[edit]

At the age of 14, Henstridge entered the Casablanca Modeling Agency's Look of the Year contest and was chosen first runner-up. The following year, she went to Paris to pursue her modeling ambitions. At 15, she was featured on her first magazine cover, the French edition of Cosmopolitan. Several more magazine covers followed and Henstridge went on to do television commercials for products such as Olay, Old Spice, and Lady Stetson. Her modeling career established, Henstridge moved on to a career in movies.

Film[edit]

In her 1995 film debut Species, Henstridge played Sil, a genetically engineered alien/human hybrid created from a message received by SETI, who breaks free from the captivity of a laboratory. Pursued by a team of experts who band together to stop her before she multiplies, Sil embarks on a killing spree while also discovering her powerful instinct to mate. Species was an instant hit, making US$113 million at the box office.[4] Notable for its sexual content, the film won Henstridge the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss for a scene in which her character, while kissing an aggressive would-be suitor, impales his head with her tongue. In 1998, she played Eve, a more ambiguous genetic duplicate of Sil, in Species II, which was a failure at the box office.

A few smaller independent movies followed, including Bela Donna and Dog Park, with varied box office returns. Henstridge starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in the action/adventure movie Maximum Risk. She also starred in the 2000 film The Whole Nine Yards and its 2004 sequel The Whole Ten Yards. Despite having some reservations about the science fiction genre, she signed up for John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) in the lead role. The film was not well-received, with a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5] In 2004, she briefly appeared as Eve in Species III.

In 2007, Henstridge was a festival judge at the first annual Noor Iranian Film Festival.

Television[edit]

Henstridge has played a number of roles on television, for example in Caracara and The Outer Limits. From 2005 to 2006, she had a recurring role on the ABC drama Commander in Chief, which starred Geena Davis as a fictional female U.S. president. She also hosted Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed on TLC, a show about urban legends. She guest-starred in the South Park first season episode "Tom's Rhinoplasty" as a substitute teacher, and was credited as "the chick from Species".

Henstridge was working on the TV show She Spies, prior to its cancellation. She has also completed a TV movie for the Lifetime channel titled Widow on the Hill. In 2006, she filmed the CTV original mini-series Would Be Kings in Hamilton, Ontario,[6] for which she won a Gemini Award.[7] She also starred in the expansion set to the video game Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, entitled Kane's Wrath.[8]

In 2008, Henstridge played a role on the ABC show, Eli Stone. She has also been involved with two other productions, joining the cast of Dave Rodriguez's Anytown, an indie drama that examines a racist high school attack and its aftermath. She has also been involved with the production of Should've Been Romeo from American Independent Pictures.

In 2009, Henstridge did a guest spot on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. During this she demonstrated a Newfoundland custom called "Screeching In" which involved getting O'Brien to drink Newfoundland Screech rum and kiss a large fish.[9]

In 2011, she appeared on the season 9 finale and season 10 premiere of CSI: Miami as Renee Locklear. She then starred in the CW TV series The Secret Circle as Dawn Chamberlain.

Personal life[edit]

Henstridge was married to actor Damian Chapa from 1995 to 1996. She has two sons by actor Liam Waite, who was her companion for several years: Tristan River, born October 1998, and Asher Sky, born September 2001.[10]

Henstridge was in a relationship with Darius Campbell, a Scottish singer-songwriter, stage actor, and author, since 2004.[11] They became engaged but broke it off in early 2010,[12] to eventually be married on Valentine's Day, 2011.[13] The couple filed for divorce in July 2013.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Henstridge at the 2009 Heart Truth fashion show

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Species Sil
1996 Adrenalin: Fear the Rush Delon
1996 Maximum Risk Alex Minetti
1998 Standoff Mary
1998 Species II Eve
1998 Bela Donna Donna
1998 Dog Park Lorna
2000 It Had to Be You Anna Penn
2000 Whole Nine Yards, TheThe Whole Nine Yards Cynthia Tudeski
2000 Better Way to Die, AA Better Way to Die Kelly
2000 Bounce Mimi Prager
2000 Second Skin Crystal Ball
2001 Ghosts of Mars Lt. Melanie Ballard
2001 Kevin of the North Bonnie Livengood
2002 Steal Karen
2004 Whole Ten Yards, TheThe Whole Ten Yards Cynthia Ozeransky
2004 Species III Eve Video
2008 Deception
2009 Anytown Carol Mills
2010 Let the Game Begin Angela
2014 Against the Wild Susan Wade
2014 Anatomy of Deception Det. Alison Briggs Completed
2014 Bronx Bull, TheThe Bronx Bull Sally Completed
2014 Nowhere Safe Julie Johnson Completed
2014 Badge of Honor Rebecca Miles Post-production
2014 Christmas Gamble, TheThe Christmas Gamble Susan Wells Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Emma Episode: "Bits of Love"
1997 Homeboys in Outer Space Zima Episode: "Happy Happy, Droid Droid, or Amma Sees Red"
1998 South Park Ms. Ellen (voice) Episode: "Tom's Rhinoplasty"
1999 Last Witness, TheThe Last Witness Rachel Sutherland TV film
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Hypsiplye TV miniseries
2002 Power and Beauty Judy Exner TV film
2002-2004 She Spies Cassie McBain Main role (40 episodes)
2005 Widow on the Hill Linda Dupree Cavanaugh TV film
2005-2006 Commander in Chief Jayne Murray Regular role (16 episodes)
2007 Shark Nicolette Ross Episode: "Fall from Grace"
2008 Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Alexa Kovacs (voice) Video game
2008-2009 Eli Stone Taylor Wethersby Main role (26 episodes)
2009 Impact Dr. Maddie Rhodes TV miniseries
2009-2010 Time Jumper Charity Vyle (voice) Regular role (10 episodes)
2010 You Lucky Dog Lisa Rayborn TV film
2010 Devil's Teardrop, TheThe Devil's Teardrop Margaret Lukas TV film
2010 Drop Dead Diva Claire Harrison Episodes: "Bad Girls", "Freeze the Day"
2011 Perfect Student, TheThe Perfect Student Nicole Johnson TV film
2011 CSI: Miami Agent Renee Locklear Episodes: "Mayday", "Countermeasures"
2011-2012 Secret Circle, TheThe Secret Circle Dawn Chamberlain Regular role (21 episodes)
2012 Christmas Song, AA Christmas Song Diana TV film
2013 Cold Spring Sara TV film
2013 Sister's Nightmare, AA Sister's Nightmare Cassidy TV film
2014 Republic of Doyle Inspector Valerie O'Brien Episodes: "Expansion", "Buried"
2014 Selfie Mrs. Saperstein Episode: "Pilot"

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