“Where is this ‘Hollywood scene?’ Where is it? I’d like to find it one day. If I want to go out and have a good time, I go to New York. That’s where my friends are, and that’s where you can go out to good clubs. Here, I swear, in two years I haven’t even been out dancing once.” Natasha Henstridge
A Canadian model-turned-actress, Natasha Henstridge is widely known among the sci-fi fans for playing otherworldly alien Sil in the box office hit Species (1995), where she took home a 1996 MTV Movie Award, and as the cloned version of the alien in its unsuccessful sequel Species II (1998). She made flourishing transformation to other genres with such films as the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and its installment The Whole Ten Yards (2004), and the impressive romance film Bounce (2000).
The former Lady Stetson, Olay and Old Spice model will star in the upcoming drama Rick Hansen: Heart of a Dragon (2007).
As for TV, the devastating beauty became a household name while starring as Cassie McBain in NBC’s action comedy “She Spies” (2002-04) and is memorable for playing the lover in Showtime film Beauty and Power: The Judith Exner Story (2002). She also guest starred in sci-fi series “The Outer Limits” and “Homeboys in Outer Space” (both 1997), as well as had a recurring role in the political drama “Commander In Chief” (2005-06).
Off screen, the blue-eyed beauty who has tattoos tangled male and female symbols on her tailbone and a bearded lion wearing a crown on her right buttock topped the Femme Fatales magazine list of “Sci-Fi’s Sexy 50” in 1997 and was named the 85th of Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women In The World” five years later. As for her marriage life, the 36-25-36 Henstridge has been married to actor Damian Chapa twice, but they later divorced. After separating, she had a long-running relationship with actor Liam Waite, who becomes the father of her two sons, Tristan and Ashton. The sexy model currently lives with her singer/song writer boyfriend of two-years, Darius Danesh, in her Hollywood mansion. According to Henstridge, she met her musician lover at a pedestrian crossing in Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to a biker/contractor father, Brian, and a homemaker mother, Helen, Natasha Henstridge was born on August 15, 1974, in Springdale, Newfoundland, Canada. Her parents raised Natasha and her younger brother, Shane, in a trailer park in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. When she was 13, she competed in the Casablanca Modeling Agency’s worldwide “Look of the Year” contest and was placed first runner-up. A year later, she legally emancipated from her parents in pursuit of modeling career in Paris.
Natasha was formerly married to actor Damian Chapa (born on October 29, 1963) from August 26, 1995 until separated in January 1996. They had two marriage ceremonies, eloping to Las Vegas and then having church wedding on church. She gave birth to sons, Tristan River Waite (born on October 14, 1998) and Ashton Sky Waite (born on September 23, 2001), with boyfriend Liam Waite.
Fourteen-year-old Natasha Henstridge left for Paris to start her modeling career after earning the first runner-up prize at the Casablanca Modeling Agency’s “Look of the Year” competition in her local of Canada. Within a year, the voluptuous Henstridge had scored her first cover gig for the French Cosmopolitan, followed by similar offers for many other international fashion magazines. Her career continued to rise as she branched out to TV commercials with roles in Olay, Lady Stetson and Old Spice. However, she soon grew bored with her profession and took acting instead.
Henstridge’s first opportunity to break the cinematic industry came in 1995 when director Roger Donaldson cast her in the supporting role of ethereal antagonist Sil in the sci-fi thriller Species (1995), opposite Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen and Alfred Molina. With a great cast and a fascinating story angle, the film became an overnight cult hit. As for Henstridge, the success of the film made her a star among sci-fi fans and provided excellent chance for her to launch her acting career. The role itself won Henstridge the Best Kiss MTV Movie Award, an award shared with costar Anthony Guidera.
The new comer Henstridge followed it up by costarring with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the actioner Maximum Risk (1996), teaming up with Christopher Lambert in the sci-fi film Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996) and guest starring in two sci-fi series, “The Outer Limits” and “Homeboys in Outer Space” (both 1997). She tasted the waters of drama genre with a supporting part in director-actor Damian Chapa’s Kill You Twice (1998), joined Robert Sean Leonard and Dennis Haysbert for the war film Standoff (1998) directed and written by Andrew Chapman, starred with Eduardo Moscovis in romance film Bela Donna (1998) and was paired with Luke Wilson for the comedy Dog Park (1998).
Also in 1998, Henstridge returned for the long-awaited installment of the 1995 box office hit Species, Species II. Helmed by Peter Medak and costarring with Michael Madsen, she portrayed Eve, a cloned version of the alien she played in the first series. Unfortunately, the film failed to follow its predecessor’s success and was a blockbuster disappointment. She rounded out the decade by undertaking a lead in the made-for-TV thriller The Last Witness.
After appearing in the action A Better Way to Die (2000) and starring in comedy-romance film It Had to Be You (2000, opposite Michel Vartan), Henstridge once again put on mainstream audience when she joined the cast of the Jonathan Lynn successful comedy The Whole Nine Yards (2000), which starred Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry. In the film, she convincingly plays a bunch assassin’s wife Cynthia Tudeski. She wrapped out the year with roles in the adventure Jason and the Argonauts (2000, TV), the high-profile Bounce (2000, had a pivotal role opposite high-hitters Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow) and the thriller Second Skin (2000, starred with Angus Macfadyen and boyfriend Liam Waite).
The blonde actress kept on her busy work in the following years by making films like A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun (2001, appeared as 5 O’Clock Girl), the sci-fi film John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001, replaced an injured Courtney Love as Lt. Melanie Ballard, opposite Ice Cube), the Canadian production Kevin of the North (2001, with Skeet Ulrich) and the action-thriller Riders (2002, along side Stephen Dorff).
Henstridge also continued pursuing her TV career. In 2002, after landing a hosting gig for “Mostly True Stories” (2002), she was widely recognized by TV audiences for her starring portrayal as Cassie McBain, one of attractive female crooks trio who works for anonymous federal agency to save the world in the NBC action comedy “She Spies” (2002-04). The series also starred Kristen Miller as D.D. Cummings and Natashia Williams as Shane Phillips. Still in 2002, she offered a tough, sexy performance as Judy Exner, the girlfriend of both President John F. Kennedy and his arch-rival, throng boss Sam Giancana, in the Showtime film Beauty and Power: The Judith Exner Story. A year after returning to the Cynthia role for the triumphant installment The Whole Ten Yards (2004), Henstridge starred with James Brolin Widow on the Hill, a lifetime telepic directed by Peter Svatek.
Ongoing her small screen success, Henstridge joined the cast of the ABC political series “Commander In Chief” in the recurring role of Donald Sutherland’s assistant Jayne Murray for 2005-2006 seasons. In 2007, she is set to make wide screen comeback with a starring performance as Amanda Reid, opposite Victor Webster, in the drama Rick Hansen: Heart of a Dragon.
- MTV Movie: Best Kiss (shared with Anthony Guidera), Species, 1996