Natasha Tonya Henstridge (born August 15, 1974) is a Canadian actress and model. In 1995, she came to prominence with her debut role in the science-fiction thriller Species, followed by performances in Species II and Species III. She has since starred in a string of films and television series, including Maximum Risk (1996), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), The Whole Ten Yards (2004), Ghosts of Mars (2001), She Spies (2002–2004), Eli Stone (2008–2009), and Would Be Kings (2008). For the latter, she won the Gemini Award for Best Actress. Since 2019, she has been starring in the CBC Television series Diggstown.
Natasha Tonya Henstridge
August 15, 1974
|Partner||Liam Waite (1996–2004)|
Henstridge was born in Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, on August 15, 1974, to Helen Henstridge, a homemaker, and Brian Henstridge, a construction manager and business owner. She was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, with her younger brother, Shane.
At age 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 age 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. With her modeling career established, Henstridge started doing commercials and decided she preferred acting. One of her first roles was as “Foxy Fox” in the Missoula Children's Theatre production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” staged in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
In her film debut Species (1995), 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 reproduces, 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. 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 a date, 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. Between Species films, Henstridge starred in two low budget action films in 1996, Adrenalin: Fear the Rush with Christopher Lambert, and Maximum Risk opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme.
A few smaller independent movies followed, including Bela Donna and Dog Park, with varied box office returns. Henstridge starred in the film The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards (2004). Despite having some reservations about the science fiction genre, she signed up for John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) in the lead role of Lieutenant Melanie Ballard. The film was not well received, with a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 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.
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 as the Speaker's Chief of Staff 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 as a substitute teacher in the first-season South Park episode "Tom's Rhinoplasty", and was credited as "the chick from Species".
Henstridge was working on the television series She Spies, prior to its cancellation. She has also completed a television movie for the Lifetime channel titled Widow on the Hill. In 2006, she filmed the CTV original miniseries Would Be Kings in Hamilton, Ontario, for which she won a Gemini Award. She also starred in the expansion set to the video game Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, entitled Kane's Wrath.
In 2008, Henstridge played a role on the ABC comedy-drama series 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.
Henstridge married American actor Damian Chapa in 1995 and they divorced in 1996. She dated American actor Liam Waite from 1996 to 2004, and they have two sons together: Tristan River (born October 1998) and Asher Sky (born September 2001). She began a relationship with late Scottish singer Darius Campbell in 2004. They became engaged but broke it off in early 2010, then married on Valentine's Day 2011. They filed for divorce in July 2013. The divorce was finalized in February 2018.
In June 2009, Henstridge spoke of her past use of diet pills in combination with extreme diets for weight loss; she said this damaged her metabolism and led to subsequent weight gain.
In November 2017, during the height of the #MeToo movement, Henstridge joined six other actresses in accusing director Brett Ratner of sexual assault and harassment; she maintains that he forced her to perform oral sex on him in the early 1990s. She also accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
|1996||Adrenalin: Fear the Rush||Delon|
|1996||Maximum Risk||Alex Minetti|
|2000||It Had to Be You||Anna Penn|
|2000||The Whole Nine Yards||Cynthia Tudeski|
|2000||A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun||5 O'Clock Girl|
|2000||A Better Way to Die||Kelly|
|2000||Second Skin||Crystal Ball|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars||Lt. Melanie Ballard|
|2001||Kevin of the North||Bonnie Livengood||also known as Chilly Dogs|
|2004||The Whole Ten Yards||Cynthia Ozeransky|
|2009||Anytown||Carol Mills||also known as American Bully|
|2010||Let the Game Begin||Angela|
|2013||Against the Wild||Susan Wade||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Anatomy of Deception||Det. Alison Briggs|
|2014||The Bronx Bull||Sally|
|2014||Nowhere Safe||Julie Johnson|
|2014||Badge of Honor||Rebecca Miles|
|2014||The Christmas Gamble||Susan Wells|
|2016||The Bronx Bull||Sally Carlton|
|2016||Inconceivable||Valerie||also known as Deadly Ex|
|2017||The Black Room||Jennifer|
|2021||The Unhealer||Bernice Mason|
|2021||Night of the Sicario||Taylor Ward||also known as Blindsided|
|2021||Hero Dog: The Journey Home||Susan Wade|
|2021||This Game's Called Murder||Mrs. Wallendorf|
|1997||The 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||The Last Witness||Rachel Sutherland||Television film|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||Hypsipyle||TV miniseries|
|2002||Power and Beauty||Judy Exner||Television film|
|2002–2004||She Spies||Cassie McBain||Main role (40 episodes)|
|2002–2004||Mostly True Stories?: Urban Legends Revealed||Herself / Host||Documentary television series|
|2004||Species III||Eve||Television film|
|2005||Widow on the Hill||Linda Dupree Cavanaugh||Television film|
|2005–2006||Commander in Chief||Jayne Murray||Recurring role (16 episodes)|
|2007||Shark||Nicolette Ross||Episode: "Fall from Grace"|
|2008||Would Be Kings||TV Mini-Series (2 episodes)|
|2008–2009||Eli Stone||Taylor Wethersby||Main role (26 episodes)|
|2009||Impact||Dr. Maddie Rhodes||TV miniseries|
|2009–2010||Time Jumper||Charity Vyle (voice)||Main role (10 episodes)|
|2010||You Lucky Dog||Lisa Rayborn||Television film|
|2010||The Devil's Teardrop||Margaret Lukas||Television film|
|2010||Drop Dead Diva||Claire Harrison||Episodes: "Bad Girls", "Freeze the Day"|
|2011||The Perfect Student||Nicole Johnson||Television film|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Agent Renee Locklear||Episodes: "Mayday", "Countermeasures"|
|2011–2012||The Secret Circle||Dawn Chamberlain||Main role (21 episodes)|
|2012||A Christmas Song||Diana||Television film|
|2013||Cold Spring||Sara||Television film|
|2013||Against the Wild||Susan Wade||Television film|
|2013||A Sister's Nightmare||Cassidy Ryder||Television film|
|2014||Republic of Doyle||Inspector Valerie O'Brien||Episodes: "Expansion", "Buried", "True Lies"|
|2014||Selfie||Mrs. Saperstein||Episodes: "Pilot", "Never Block Cookies", "- Even Hell Has Two Bars"|
|2014||Hawaii Five-0||Caroline Porter||Episode: "Ka Makuakane (Family Man)"|
|2015||Beauty & the Beast||Carol Hall||3 episodes|
|2016||Ice Girls||Rose||TV Movie|
|2016||Summer in the City||Kendall||TV Movie|
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