Real name: Natasha Henstridge
Birthdate: August 15, 1974
Partner: Liam Waite
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Natasha Henstridge (born August 15, 1974) is a Canadian fashion model turned actress. Her most notable roles include Species and Species II.
In her movie debut, in Species, Henstridge played a genetically engineered human form with extraterrestrial DNA. She breaks from the captivity of a laboratory and embarks on a killing spree, persued by a team of experts who band together to stop her. With a strong cast and an interesting story angle, Species was an instant hit, raking in $113 Million (USD). Notable for its sexual content, Henstridge won 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. Species is perhaps the most successful debut movie for any model turned actress.
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 spawned a sequel Species II, where a male alien was attempting to mate with Eve, a genetic duplicate of Sil. Eve was played as gentle and more docile than the original Sil. The film was a failure at the box office, taking in $19 million (USD) domestically. A few smaller independent movies followed, including Bela Donna and Dog Park, with varied box office returns. Despite having some reservations about the sci-fi genre, she signed up for John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars in the lead role and reprised her role as Eve in a brief cameo in Species III. Ghosts of Mars was not well-received, with a 21% rating in Rotten Tomatoes.
She has played a number of roles on television, such as Caracara and The Outer Limits. From 2005 to 2006, Henstridge had a recurring role in the acclaimed 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.
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. In 2006 she filmed the CTV original mini-series Would Be Kings in Hamilton, Ontario.
Henstridge was married to actor Damian Chapa twice. However, the second marriage lasted only a few months and the couple divorced in 1996. She has two sons by actor Liam Waite, named Tristan River Waite, born October 1998, and Asher Sky Waite, born September 2001. She is dating Scottish singer-songwriter and actor Darius Danesh. Henstridge said that she and Danesh met at a pedestrian crossing in Los Angeles.