Date of Birth : Aug 15th 1974
At the age of 14, she left home to begin her modelling career in the highly-competitive Paris fashion world. She landed her first cover on French Cosmopolitan when she was only 15 and has since graced the covers of many international fashion magazines. She also appeared in commercials for such products as Lady Stetson, Oil of Olay and Old Spice.
In her movie debut, in Species, Henstridge played a genetically engineered human form with extraterrestrial DNA. She breaks free 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.
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.