At the age of thirteen, Natasha Henstridge entered the Casablanca Modeling Agency's "Look of the Year" contest and was chosen first runner-up.
The following year, Natasha 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
decided to try her luck in movies.
Her first movie Species was a box office success. Her role as an alien determined to reproduce with a male human at the first opportunity, was notable for its s--ual content. In the sequel Species II, she played a gentler and more docile version of the alien. A few smaller movies followed, including Bela Donna and Dog Park, with varied box office returns.
In 2000, Natasha Henstridge starred in The Whole Nine Yards, which led to its sequel The Whole Ten Yards, and also Ghosts of Mars. The latter was not well-received, with a 21% rating in Rotten Tomatoes.
Natasha Henstridge has played a number of roles on television, such as Caracara, The Outer Limits, and She Spies.
In her movie debut, in Species, Natasha Henstridge plays a genetically engineered human form with some of the DNA of an exterrestrial alien. She breaks from the captivity of a laboratory and embarks on a killing spree. A team of experts bands together to stop her. With a strong cast and an interesting story angle, Species was an instant cult hit. That year, Henstridge won the MTV Movie award for "best kiss."
This movie was a box office hit and made Henstridge an instant star in the sci-fi movie genre. The movie gave Henstridge a perfect platform to launch her acting career, but she could not capitalize on it as most of the following movies failed to generate the same excitement. Species is perhaps the most successful debut movie for any model turned actress. The movie netted $60 million in North America and about $53 million overseas.
The long-awaited sequel of Species was released in 1998 by MGM-UA to much fanfare. In the film Species II, Natasha Henstridge plays a cloned version of the alien she played in Species.
Unlike its predecessor, Species II was a failure at the box-office. Undaunted, Henstridge continued to pursue various roles. Despite having some reservations about the sci-fi genre, she signed up for John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars in the lead role.
Natasha Henstridge played the protagonist in her TV movie, Caracara, which received poor ratings. She plays a lonely ornithologist Rachel Sutherland who allows her home to become an observation post for the F.B.I., in their efforts to zero-in on a would-be assassin of a foreign president. She falls in love with one of the agents, who turns out to be the assassin himself. How Rachel foils the assassination and escapes from the grip of the assassin is the subject of the rest of the story.
The following year, she played in a multilingual movie called Bela Donna which did well in Brazil and South America. In the movie, she plays a wife to an explorer who goes on a treasure hunting spree to Brazil. There she is stalked by a fisherman with whom she falls in love. What follows is a web of intrigue, betrayal and suspense. The movie received positive reviews in Brazil, where it was exclusively shot and her role widely acclaimed.
Natasha Henstridge was working on the TV show She Spies,
prior to its cancellation. She has also completed a TV movie
titled Widow on the hill which has received critical acclaim.
Henstridge has begun taking roles in independent films to help
build up her acting credibility. She is settled in L.A.'s
Hollywood Hills with fiancé and sons (Tristan and Asher).
She now has a recurring role on Commander in Chief starring Geena Davis as a fictional female U.S. President.
Natasha Henstridge was married to actor Damian Chapa twice. However, the second marriage lasted only a few months. She has a son by Liam Waite, called Tristan River Waite, born October 14, 1998, and a second son, Asher Sky Waite, born in September 2001.
It was recently reported that her boyfriend of two years, Darius Danash of Pop Idol fame, has now moved into her Hollywood mansion.
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