Newfoundlander Abroad Tana Adams catches up with actress Natasha
Henstridge in Fort McMurray.
Natasha Henstridge was recently in Fort McMurray visiting her
Newfoundland family. The 26 year old model turned actress, who was born
in Springdale, Newfoundland, was enjoying a break from a couple of
She welcomed a two-and--half week change of scenery in her parents'
(Brian and Helen Henstridge) RV with her nanny and two year old son
Tristan. Natasha's brother Shane as well as several aunts and uncles and
nieces and nephews also live in Fort McMurray. She gets together with
her family quite a bit, twice already this year, according to her mother
Helen. She had her grandson for two weeks while Natasha was finishing up
filming in Toronto and Montreal.
Natasha, pregnant with her second child, joked that although this one
was a surprise, being pregnant is the only break she gets from her busy
schedule, which allows her to be off for three months and catch up with
her friends. Natasha and partner Liam Waite are looking at buying
property in Heart's Delight, Newfoundland, for summer retreats.
Best know for her roles in Species and Species 2, Whole Nine Yards,
Bounce and Maximum Risk with Jean-Claude Van Damme, she said it will
be nice to spend her summer breaks in one place. She wants to expose
her children to the place of her roots.
Two films she's currently wrapping up are Ghosts of Mars, a John
Carpenter film, and Show Time, a challenging role in the Judith Exner
Story. Releasing this fall, it's a biography piece based on the John
F. Kennedy era, where Chicago mobsters lure her behind the scenes into
the White House.
In between her flights to South Africa and Vancouver, which she
said can be difficult, husband Liam has been off to Mexico for a TNT
production, King of Texas. She said Liam is doing well, having done
six or seven films
Looking forward to going back to her house in Sherman Oaks,
California so her son can play with the dog, Natasha plans to return in
late August and to follow through on her quest for a Newfoundland
Having moved from Newfoundland to Alberta when she was only four,
Natasha admits part of her love for the Rock comes from the zest her dad
has for returning to his Triton connection. She said he loves it there
and is planning to retire in Newfoundland. Her mother's parents Lulu and
Tom Head, are also in Green Bay at South Brook.
Previously a part owner of Avatar Construction, Brian Henstridge is
currently managing CBS Construction, the company he went with after
Syncrude. Having arrived in 1979, wife Helen said they took one year off
and spent six months in L.A. with their daughter. They also spent three
months in Newfoundland last summer.
She said it's not at all as you'd expect - going out to parties.
Natasha is content to stay at home. She's experiencing and enjoying her
life as a mother.
Natasha's mother reflected on how her daughter started modeling at 15.
She mentioned how she felt embarrassed at the drug store when Natasha
was six and pointed to a glamour magazine, saying how she wanted to be
on the cover some day.
By 13, she was tired of hearing "I want to be a model,
Mom" and took the initiative to enroll her for a summer tryout at
the John Casablanca Centre in Edmonton. Her mother said it was their
intention to allow her the experience, but exhibited caution after she
scored well in her first Look of the Year contest, followed by an
invitation to participate in another.
Photos sent to New York of the winner and Natasha as first runner up
resulted in her winning an international contest in Paris, and
everything took off from there. She landed some contracts modeling for
six years and doing commercials for Oil of Olay and Lady Stetson when
her agent decided to send her out for movie auditions
While her parents were skeptical about her move to Europe, they gave
her their blessing after pleading with her and realizing she was adamant
that it was a chance in a lifetime. She was determined to do it
"with or without us" Helen said.
They remember how comfortable she was and the belief she had in
herself. "It was mind-boggling at first. She was so young."
For her, the anxiety and excitement is beginning to wear off a bit, her
As for Natasha, if she could offer any advice to young girls pursuing
modeling, although she has traveled and learned a lot, she regrets not
having an educational foundation. She said not everyone makes it, so
remember that education and a diploma is reality. "Never put all
your eggs in one basket," said Natasha.
Catch Natasha in the upcoming film Ghosts of Mars, in theaters AUGUST
Courtesy of Tana Adams and the Fort McMurray Today