TrekMovie.com has confirmed Internet speculation regarding another actress in the Star Trek movie. English-born actress Sonita Henry tell TrekMovie.com 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 TrekMovie.com 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 Trekmovie.com 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”