Natasha Henstridge shares her experience on Impact, ABC’s two-part mini-series and how being a mom has changed her perspective on everything.
Impact is set to make a splash June 21 and June 28. The star of such pop culture icons as Eli Stone and Species, as well as a global portfolio of modeling excellence, visits SheKnows for an exclusive interview on her new film and more.
Henstridge has starred alongside Hollywood’s hottest in her career including Ben Affleck and Ewan McGregor. The actress also was offered the Christmas Jones role in the James Bond series — a role Henstridge believes she did not score because she had a 4-week-old baby at home and producers did not believe she was serious.
Who knew Henstridge was asked to be a Bond girl? She certainly would have killed in the role of a nuclear physicist aiding Bond.
…Which is why the producers of Impact have casted Henstridge perfectly in the role of the smart and sexy astrophysicist with an integral role in trying to save the world from an incoming meteor’s Impact.
An actress with Impact
SheKnows: First of all, what do you think it is about a film like Impact — the disaster movie — that audiences can’t seem to get enough of?
Natasha Henstridge: I think there’s an innate thing in human nature that makes us curious beings. We want to know where we came from and where we’re going. How we got here, how we’re not going to be here any longer (laughs). Also, that part of us (that makes it so) we can’t look away when we see an accident. We want to see what’s going on. It’s the natural curiosity of humans.
SheKnows: When you first got the script, what aspects of your character most appealed to you?
Natasha Henstridge: I thought the character was amazing right from the get-go. But I found the script to be such a page-turner. So interesting. Just when you think you’re safe and everything’s going to be okay, you find out it’s just gotten worse and it snowballs out of control. So, I thought that was great. For me to play an astrophysicist, ah — such an incredibly brilliant woman who is trusted by the president himself — was pretty cool (laughs). I like to play strong women, but this is a whole ‘nother level of strength. This is an intellectual strength as well. That was really exciting.
SheKnows: I have to be honest: When Denise Richards was cast as a nuclear physicist in that Bond movie, I wondered if Natasha Henstridge wasn’t available or asked!
Natasha Henstridge: That’s very sweet! You know, it’s funny. I think her name was Christmas somethingâ€¦
SheKnows: Christmas Jonesâ€¦
Natasha Henstridge: Yeah! I actually met them on that movie. I had just had a baby, and I don’t think I gave a good meeting (laughs). My head was definitely with my baby at home. That was a month after giving birth or something! I think they thought of me first as well, so… (laughs)
SheKnows: Well, there you go. Great minds think alike. The cast here on Impact is also pretty stellar. Who on the cast were you most eager to share screen time with?
Natasha Henstridge: Well, knowing that I was going to share my screen time with David James Elliot…obviously, I wanted to get to know him, pick his brain a little bit and see what he was about. The children were an absolute joy to work with. They were the most well balanced, most entertaining kids. I just adored them. James Cromwell, of course — I didn’t get to share screen time with him, or even see him, which was a bummer because he was on Species 2.
This is the second film we’ve been on together, and he was also my neighbor (laughs). Although we didn’t share screen time, I thought I’d run into him. I didn’t. That was a bummer, I really admire him. He’s a lovely man.
SheKnows: When you’re tackling a film like Impact, how is it for you as the excitement plays out over two weeks in a mini-series?
Natasha Henstridge: I think it’s fun!
A summer movie for TV
SheKnows: Plus, it’s got such a summer feel to it as a film. It always struck me that television didn’t jump on that. Audiences, of course, love the summer movie.
Natasha Henstridge: You know, the mini-series has kind of died away in the last few years. I’m really excited to be a part of one. I’ve always liked mini-series because you don’t have to commit for an entire season or 8 months of your life. They come and go so quickly — you want to tune in again for another week, or two or three. It seems like it’s making a little comeback.
SheKnows: For you as a mom, is working on a mini-series a little easier at home? Or are the long days of filming still a challenge?
Natasha Henstridge: Movie or mini-series, the time length constraints are more for a film, but they are very similar. It depends if you’re traveling to do the mini-series or if you’re in town doing a TV show. When you’re traveling, you have to be organized, that’s all. You have to organize your time with your kids. They always love the challenge and pace, and getting to know a new place a little bit. The get to spend some time with me and go — it’s kind of nice. They like it.
SheKnows: Is there a film or a star — somebody who made you want to appear as an actress beyond modeling?
Natasha Henstridge: That’s a good question. (Long pause)
SheKnows: It may have just happened naturally.
Natasha Henstridge: It kind of did. From a really young age, I was either walking around with a video camera at Christmases or dinners or reporting. Reporting on people and how they’re feeling. “What do you think about being here at Christmas, Brian Henstridge?”
I would always be on camera or want to document things. Another part of me was really into performing. My dad would play guitar, and I would sing a little bit. Neither of us did that that well (laughs). I was very creative at a young age. I was making clothes and drawing dresses. The modeling thing came up when it was an absolute opportunity to get out of the small town and into a world where creativity was more nurtured. That’s kind of how it all came about.
The word on Eli Stone
SheKnows: Lastly, as a huge fan of Eli Stone, I would think that would be a lot of fun to work on.
Natasha Henstridge: Brilliant. Just great writing. I read it every week and I often thought, “This is going to be so much fun to film.”
It was such a delight working with Victor Garber as my father. We had an amazing chemistry. It was wonderful. Getting to play a strong woman who also had her weaknesses, as well, and who had a heart, who was a very smart lawyer, was amazing. The morality of the show as a whole — getting to sing and dance (laughs) — it was just a shmorgishborg of fun things to do. I loved doing the show. I love the response from people. It’s so nice to have your work appreciated. Johnny Lee Miller is a phenomenal actor. He’s so darn likable. We were really, really sad to see it go.
SheKnows: We were, too, to be honest. This was truly a pleasure. Thank you Natasha.
Natasha Henstridge: The pleasure was mine — all mine.