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Natasha Henstridge

Henstridge at the 2009 Heart Truth fashion show
Born Natasha T. Henstridge
August 15, 1974 (1974-08-15) (age 35)
Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Years active since 1995
Spouse(s) Damian Chapa (1995-1996)
Domestic partner(s) Liam Waite

Natasha T. Henstridge (born August 15, 1974) is a Canadian fashion model turned actress. Her most notable on-screen roles include Species, The Whole Nine Yards (both including sequels) and the Canadian TV mini-series Would Be Kings, for which she won the Gemini Award for best actress. She most recently played the role of Taylor Wethersby in the TV Series Eli Stone.

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Early life

Henstridge was born in Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, the daughter of Helen, a homemaker, and Brian Henstridge, a biker/contractor.[1][2] She was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada with younger brother, Shane.

Modeling career

At the age of thirteen, she entered the Casablanca Modeling Agency's "Look of the Year" contest and was chosen first runner-up. The following year, Henstridge went to Paris to pursue her modeling ambitions. At fifteen, she was featured on her first magazine cover, the French edition of Cosmopolitan. Several 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.

Movies

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, raking in $113 Million (USD).[3] 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 on 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. She also starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in the action/adventure movie Maximum Risk. In 2000, she starred in The Whole Nine Yards and its 2004 sequel The Whole Ten Yards. Despite having some reservations about the sci-fi genre, she signed up for John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) in the lead role. The film was not well-received, with a 21% rating in Rotten Tomatoes.[4] In 2004, she briefly appeared as Eve in Species III.

She is known for her confident intimate or sex scenes with her co-actors, example of which can be seen in Species (1995) or Steal (2002).

Television

She has played a number of roles on television, for example in Caracara and The Outer Limits. From 2005 to 2006, Henstridge had a recurring role in the cancelled 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.

Natasha 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,[5] for which she won a Gemini Award. [6]

She also starred in the expansion set to the video game Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, entitled Kane's Wrath.[7]

In 2008 Natasha played a role on the new ABC show, Eli Stone. She has also been involved with two new productions, joining the cast of Dave Rodriguez's "Anytown", an indie drama that examines a racist high school attack and its aftermath. Henstridge will play a news anchor covering an attack on an Indian-American boy by two fellow students who videotape the crime. The event forces her to examine the media's post-September 11 role in fueling hate crimes committed by youth. She has also been involved with the production of Should've Been Romeo from American Independent Pictures.

Personal life

Henstridge was married to actor Damian Chapa. She has two sons by actor Liam Waite, named Tristan River, born October 1998, and Asher Sky, born September 2001.

Her long-term partner was Scottish-Iranian singer-songwriter and actor Darius Danesh,[8] however they have recently broken off their engagement as of January 2010.[9]

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