Natasha Henstridge is a Canadian actress and former fashion model. She is probably most well known for her role in the sci-fi movie “Species.” She has played the role of Dawn Chamberlain in the TV series “The Secret Circle.” Most recently, she landed a role on the ABC comedy pilot “Selfie.”
Natasha Henstridge grew up in Newfoundland, Canada in a trailer park. Her maternal grandparents were from the Mi’kmaq Nation. She said, “I was a tomboy right from the time I was a kid and loved to be like that. I hate all the girlie things.”
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She said about 80% of her character comes from her father. “He is very strong, super strong, very motivated. I get my athletic ability from my father. Actually, I get a lot of good and bad points from my dad.”
She said, “I was about 12 years-old when I started getting boobs. I never tried to hide them because I started to realize the power I had with them.”
When she was 14, Natasha Henstridge traveled to Paris to pursue a modeling career. (She became legally emancipated from her parents.) Seems it worked out, because by the time she was 15, she had modeled for Old Spice, Oil of Olay and later made the cover of French Cosmopolitan. She grew bored of her job, however, and didn’t feel challenged. That’s when she sought out acting. It was her first role as Sil in “Species” that put her on the Hollywood map. Apparently, she was chosen over 100 other actresses. She quit modeling then and there. “I moved to LA and said I’m gonna give it a shot.”
Other roles followed, including parts in “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Maximum Rush” and “Bounce,” among other projects.
Natasha Henstridge said in an interview that she wasn’t very good at judging the quality of scripts. She turned down both “Independence Day” and “Men in Black.”
In 2009, she revealed that her body in “Species” was the result of extreme dieting. “My body’s definitely gone through a change since coming off all the crazy yo-yo stuff.” She added about the pressure to stay thin, “There’s always pressure in this business to stay thin to the degree that I’ve done some things that weren’t the smartest things in the world.”
Natasha Henstridge was married to Damian Chapa and later divorced. She is now married to Darius Campbell, and she has two children from her relationship with Liam Waite. As for being a mother and actress, she said in an older interview, “It’s difficult in the best of times without children. The being apart and being away and the hours and the inconsistencies.”
Aside from acting, Natasha Henstridge likes traveling and skiing and is involved in charity efforts, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and World Vision. She and her family reside in Los Angeles.