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

She looks like a cutie!

perhaps shes playing a midwife.

Or T’Pring??

She *did* mention shaved eyebrows…

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

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)



#6 JBS

…you beat me to it.

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


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.

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.

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.

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

#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. ;)

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.

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.

#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.


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?)

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!

#18 –


I say Boothby.

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

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

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 ……

Time to update the current poll choices.

Scott B. out.

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

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

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


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.

@18 – Another LOL! Good one my friend.

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

^ Shatner.

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.

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.

Probably not a midwife, but a doctor or nurse.

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

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

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

#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.

#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.

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

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

Oh well it’s okay.

I still gots Noni!


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.

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

Nice chick. :droll:

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

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.’’

#48: Then this movie is dead for me!

RE 48 – Shatner

I’d appreciate verification from Anthony! Thanks.