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Fifth Element Actress Confirmed In Star Trek December 18, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback has confirmed Internet speculation regarding another actress in the Star Trek movie. English-born actress Sonita Henry tell she has a small speaking role in the film. The 30 year old actress isn’t a household name, but some sci-fi fans may recognize her from her role as the President’s Aide in the 1997 film The Fifth Element. Henry has completed her shooting which took two weeks back in November. The actress talked to about her Star Trek experience (see below).

Of course Henry is sworn to secrecy regarding details on her role, but did say that she worked mostly with Jennifer Morrison, who has reported is playing the pregnant mother of James T. Kirk. The actress acknowledges her role is small, but did say "I can tell you that in the history of Star Trek my role is extremely important." Henry wont say what race her character was, except to say it wasn’t as a Vulcan (although all her friends thinks she looks like one).

Since appearing in The Fifth Element a decade ago, Henry says that she has become somewhat of a ‘sci-fi chick.’ She also says that she is a fan of Star Trek The Original Series. As such, she found working on the film to be an interesting experience:

It was really surreal. It was great when I heard about it, but when I went for the make-up and costume fittings and you see Zachary [Quinto] dressed as Spock and you walk down the hallway and there is Zoe [Saldana] as Uhura and everyone is hanging out in their Star Trek costumes and you are like ‘oh ya this is completely normal…this is how everyone spends their day…with fake ears and shaved eyebrows and weird costumes.

Speaking of her costume, Henry had this to say:

It looks really cool, but it was very uncomfortable. It was quite tight. But every time I thought of complaining I thought ‘I am shooting Star Trek!’ So I cant really complain

Regarding working with director J.J. Abrams, the actress said:

I was a fan of his from the fist season of Alias and I always wanted to work with him so it was very gratifying getting to do so. I think he is a genius. He is really great working with actors. He is not like other directors who just say a couple of things to you and walk off. He really gets down on the floor with us and gives us detailed directions. He is a very visual person and he has has all the shots worked out in his head and walks you through that which is especially helpful in science fiction.

Henry has a number of TV film credits including a recent guest role on the TV series Without A Trace. Star Trek will be her 3rd sci-fi credit, counting her role in The Fifth Element and a short film called Juant V2. Henry says she is in talks to appear as a regular in new sci-fi series as well. The actress believes her mix of Scottish and Nepalese heritage gives her the right look for sci-fi, saying “in the future everyone will be multi-ethnic.” Sonita will next be seen in the independent film Garden Party. More on Henry at IMDB.

Sonita Henry in “The Fifth Element”


1. Sean - December 18, 2007

I loved the Fifth Element, but it’s hardly a casting worthy of mention. Could you possibly have a smaller role to have mentioned?

2. Harry Ballz - December 18, 2007

She looks like a cutie!

3. owends9 - December 18, 2007

perhaps shes playing a midwife.

4. ster j - December 18, 2007

Or T’Pring??

5. ster j - December 18, 2007

She *did* mention shaved eyebrows…

6. JBS - December 18, 2007

She said she’s not playing a Vulcan, but she could still be a Romulan……….trying to interfere with Kirk’s birth?

7. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007

Anthony P. has mentioned in one of his articles that “Nero’s Henchman #2″ has been cast, but he did not yet know the actor’s name…Maybe Ms. Henry is playing Nero’s Romulan Henchwoman (and that is why she has a speaking role with Morrison/Pregnant Mrs. Kirk)

8. ensign joe - December 18, 2007



9. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007

#6 JBS

…you beat me to it.

10. Pragmaticus - December 18, 2007

3 – That’s my theory. My guess is she delivers James T. Kirk.

11. Roddenberry was a peacenik - December 18, 2007


The problem is that she apparently doesn’t have the eyebrows or the ears of a Vulcan/Romulan in the role. If you’ll notice, she mentions that she suggested to J.J. that she could play another part by putting on the ears and eyebrows and no one would recognize her. I don’t see how that would work if she already had them for this role.

12. S. John Ross - December 18, 2007

I’d just like to express joy at this recent run of non-Quinto actor tidbits.

Nothing against Quinto, mind you. I’m looking forward to his performance very much. But it’s super-groovy that some of the others are talking Trek now and then.

13. Roddenberry was a peacenik - December 18, 2007

Er, nevermind. I must’ve misread something or mixed that up with what another cast member said. It doesn’t look like she said that.

14. shuttlepod10 - December 18, 2007

How many people are IN THIS MOVE!!! Does Kirk have a bit part?

15. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007

#13 No worries!

However, you DID make me read this article v e r y c a r e f u l l y three times, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. ;)

16. Pragmaticus - December 18, 2007

If you go back and look at the spy photos that feature Morrison, you’ll see Henry in a few of them. It looks like she’s not playing an alien. My guess as the person who delivers Kirk feels stronger.

17. Charles Trotter - December 18, 2007

Fun fact — the president in Fifth Element was played by Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Jr., who played Klaang, the first Klingon encountered by humans, in the pilot episode of Enterprise.

18. Dennis Bailey - December 18, 2007

#10: “That’s my theory. My guess is she delivers James T. Kirk.”

Very close – she actually plays the first babe James Kirk bones, a maternity nurse he encounters about ten minutes after his birth.

19. Jackson Roykirk - December 18, 2007


I don’t know why the Kirks would procure the services of a mid-wife, but let’s go with your theory for now….

…Then maybe she is a surgically-altered romulan (altered to look human) who poses as the Kirk’s midwife so she can kill baby Jimmy (although I suppose she could just shoot Mrs. Kirk with a phaser and save a lot of time.)

But she DID say her role was small, yet significant in Trek lore, so maybe you’re right about her being a simple midwife (maybe midwives become more popular in the future?)

20. Captain Amazing!! - December 18, 2007

Well, Sean, we’ll remember that when you get cast in a 100+ million dollar budgeted major film that’s continuing a 40+ year old franchise. So don’t worry, we’ll make sure we don’t bother to tell anyone about you or your role since you think something like that’s not worth mentioning.

In the meantime, good for her!

21. richpit - December 18, 2007

#18 –


22. I AM THX-1138 - December 18, 2007

I say Boothby.

23. Sean - December 18, 2007

Dare I say it? This movie seems to have more hotties than any Trek production ever before. I give it my blessing.

24. Picard for President - December 18, 2007

Eh. Not up to the usual standards for Trek Babes.

25. Irishtrekkie - December 18, 2007

yea looking at her , i should think she must be a vulcan , @4 T’Pring?? , sounds good to me, and with all these new parts in star trek , and i am guessing new ships and uniforms and so on , we will need a hole new encyclopedia, cant wait !!!.

yes i am well aware thats very geeky ……

26. Scott - December 18, 2007

Time to update the current poll choices.

Scott B. out.

27. Cygnus-X1 - December 18, 2007

I like her attitude about wearing a suit that’s too tight — taking one for team Star Trek.

28. Tom - December 18, 2007

Holy Christ… She reminded me of my ex-girlfriend when I saw Fifth Element.

29. NCC-73515 - December 18, 2007

“hanging out in their Star Trek costumes”
since she is a fan, could this mean that he uniforms are unchanged?

30. Dennis Bailey - December 18, 2007


31. CmdrR - December 18, 2007

I hope the uniforms are tight enough to read her tattoos.

I like Fifth Element, but even I’m not geek enough to have recognized her from that. Maybe this is her big break.

32. CanuckLou - December 18, 2007

@18 – Another LOL! Good one my friend.

I’m starting to wonder who ISN’T in this movie!

33. CmdrR - December 18, 2007

^ Shatner.

34. James Heaney - December 18, 2007

Is anyone else really, really enjoying the fact that -everyone- on this film (nearabouts) is new to Trek, and all are discovering the usual conventions, like spending the day in “fake ears and shaved eyebrows and weird costumes” for the very first time?

To quote Chris Pine’s character: I feel… young.

35. jonboc - December 18, 2007

Not sure why she would be hanging out with Kirk’s mother, but maybe she is a younger Amanda Grayson. She bares more than a passing resemblence to Wynona Ryder.

36. Pragmaticus - December 18, 2007

Probably not a midwife, but a doctor or nurse.

37. Dennis Bailey - December 18, 2007

Could be a nurse, midwife or doctor – depends on how Mama Kirk wants to birth the baby.

38. The Chief - December 18, 2007

Not bad… but it would be nice if it were Milla Jovovich!!!

39. Noleuser - December 18, 2007

Hmmm….she plays a critical role??? C’mon people we can crack this! Who does she play?

40. Jupiter1701 - December 18, 2007

#18 — very funny!

Maybe she’s George Kirk’s girlfriend. You know, the nurse he’s screwing behind the curtain while Mrs. Kirk is giving birth to Jimmy. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, after all.

41. Xai - December 18, 2007

#37 Birth by transporter..
I highly doubt she’s delivering the Kirk child or that her highly important line is “oh my… it’s a boy”.
There has to be another possible part… otherwise it’s far too trivial.

42. Xai - December 18, 2007

and it wouldn’t require her on the set for 2 weeks

43. Smitty - December 18, 2007

I saw the headline and I thought it was going to be Milla Jovovich!

Oh well it’s okay.

I still gots Noni!


44. Blaine - December 18, 2007

Actually I would think if she was delivering Baby Kirk that WOULD be important to the history of Star Trek. Just imagine if she sneezed while carrying him or fell over a table….SPLAT….whoops!

Suddenly Kirk doesn’t look so healthy anymore. Try being captain of the Enterprise with only one working eye and the IQ of a goat.

45. AJ - December 18, 2007

WOW, I’ve seen in many other thing, she is so beautiful! I think she got that certain something…..

46. Jacques Chirac - December 18, 2007

Nice chick. :droll:

47. Daoud - December 18, 2007

A young Number One perhaps? Maybe she goes by “Morgan”?

48. J.D. Lee - December 18, 2007

according to they received final confirmation that Shatner wont be appearing in the the new movie.

They interviewed Orci: ‘’Shatner, sadly, killed off kirk, sobit kinds rues put hands.’’

49. Admiral_Bumblebee - December 19, 2007

#48: Then this movie is dead for me!

50. Iowagirl - December 19, 2007

RE 48 – Shatner

I’d appreciate verification from Anthony! Thanks.

51. Jan - December 19, 2007

Mh – She worked mostly with Jennifer Morrison and saw Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto in their costumes on the set. Does that fit together? Because we have to different points of time here.

Either she is talking about two different scenes or ist involved in time travels as well or Uhura and young Spock meet Kirk’s mother in the past.

52. Pete359 - December 19, 2007

Yep, she’s the doctor on call when Mother Kirk goes into labor. What could be more important then bringing James T. Kirk into this world safely?

53. Captain Presley - December 19, 2007

She just said she saw Zachary and Zoe when she went for makeup and costume fittings. She didn’t say she had a scene with them. They are probably shooting different scenes at the same time, and may have simply had seen them getting ready.

54. Jan - December 19, 2007

#52 #37 #38: guess, you’re right.
#53: could be possible.

55. JBS - December 19, 2007

#44 – LOL! I can’t stop laughing at that one.

56. Dennis Bailey - December 19, 2007

#44: “Suddenly Kirk doesn’t look so healthy anymore. Try being captain of the Enterprise with only one working eye and the IQ of a goat.”

On the other hand, having the libido of a goat worked for him. ;)

57. Snake - December 19, 2007

58. AJ - December 19, 2007

If she completed her shooting, then she has no scenes with old Spock who has only recently started. Romulan sent back to kill Kirk? Someone on Tarsus IV?

59. Dennis Bailey - December 19, 2007

It’s interesting that Moviehole headlined that piece with Grunberg’s possible participation and only got around to mentioning Shatner in the subtitle.

The “wave” may be receding.

Since Mr. Orci reads and occasionally posts here, maybe he’d be willing to clarify whether what he’s reported as having said in this case is in fact a departure from his previous statements – or not. Several times, he’s explained that the matter remains unresolved but is made challenging by Shatner’s participation in “Generations.” Is he just restating that in this instance or really saying something more definitive as Moviehole suggests?

60. crazybeach - December 19, 2007

two quatloos worth-
In Wizard’s movie issue (out now) in their Star Trek article, it explicitly mentions Nimoy AND Shatner as being in this movie. So, either they know something others don’t or their talking out their @$$es.

61. snake - December 19, 2007



Vulcan High Priestess from Star Trek III?


I’m out of ideas

62. AJ - December 19, 2007

61: Not if she’s hanging with Kirk’s pregnant mom.

63. Dennis Bailey - December 19, 2007

How about “someone we’ve never heard of before?” I’m hoping for that.

64. Blaine - December 19, 2007

maybe she’s just a hot chick with a hot accent in the movie!!!!!!

65. Pragmaticus - December 19, 2007

61 – She said she’s not a Vulcan. So those are all out.

66. Xai - December 19, 2007

Starfleet recruiter.

“son… want to see the stars? Meet real aliens and screw with their cultures? Join Starfleet today!”

67. a monkey - December 20, 2007

#31 – How do you know she has tattoos?

68. a monkey - December 20, 2007

Hang on a second – is this the same girl that dated Brad Pitt in ’98?

69. I AM THX-1138 - December 20, 2007

Sonita Henry a De Salle!

70. timmy - December 20, 2007

She looks so cool. She should’ve been on ALIAS.
She looks a hell of a lot better than the blond chick or that girl that played Sydneys sister.

71. a monkey - December 20, 2007

#69 – what?

72. VulcanLover - December 20, 2007

#68 –


73. I AM THX-1138 - December 20, 2007

Sorry, monkey. It should read “Sonita Henry AS De Salle!”

What I’m doing there is like this little joke, see, that only I get. Every time someone is rumored to be in the new movie I just throw that little quip,out there. I just make the name match up to “as De Salle!”.

Of course, explaining it makes an unfunny joke for myself even more pathetic.

And all the more reason to keep doing it.

74. Harry Ballz - December 20, 2007

THX, you remind me of Red Skelton, who would often laugh at his own jokes harder than anyone else was…..good one!

75. I AM THX-1138 - December 20, 2007

Harry, you are indeed a brother. And the main dude that I stop scrolling at in the comments.

One year to go. Ya’ gonna stick it out on this board, buddy?

76. Harry Ballz - December 20, 2007

I am addicted to this board……..must come here 10 times a day!

I’ll be here…..ranting and raving until they drag me away kicking and screaming!! :)

77. The Vulcanista - December 20, 2007

Well, Miss Henry may not be playing a Vulcan this go-round, but she sure could portray T’Pring in a future movie/TV ep.

Oh, and WORD! on #76. Addiction ain’t pretty, is it? };-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

78. The Vulcanista - December 20, 2007

Ms. Henry might not be playing a Vulcan this go-round, but she sure could portray T’Pring in the next movie/TV ep.

Oh, and WORD! on #76, Harry!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

79. Pete359 - December 21, 2007

Never thought at Tarsus IV, maybe she helps Young Jimmy and friends escape Kodos’ (and Kang, sorry Simpsons joke) men.

80. James T. Rabb - January 26, 2008

Maybe the Romulans come to kill the Kirks and she buys them some time to escape.

81. TrekTriv - July 31, 2008

Blasphemy not intended…but what happens when Shatner finally kicks the bucket? No more Star Trek rerun/revivals? Not to stray too far off topic but Patrick Stewart does a better job anyhow.

Be nice if in the coming years they make Sonita Henry the “new” captain on the “new” series being as they keep bringing it back. A million tangents to an undying script.

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83. Vasyu - August 8, 2008

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84. derf - August 15, 2008

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