Over the years, science fiction movies have launched more than a few budding actors into superstardom and nowadays, being cast in a tentpole sci-fi flick is almost guaranteed to launch your Hollywood career. Sadly, however, things don't always turn out so well. Just ask these guys.
Though she had no prior acting experience, Carrie Henn beat out hundreds of other candidates for the role of Newt in Aliens.
"We better get back cause it'll be dark soon. They mostly come at night. Mostly."
Henn entered the production a complete unknown but, before long, the whole world knew who she was. As Aliens grossed over $130 million worldwide, the film, and characters like Newt, were pretty much everywhere. It was the perfect launchpad for Henn to pursue a long and successful career as an actor.
But to this day, Aliens remains Henn's only acting credit. Henn's sparse filmography was a deliberate choice on her part: After finishing principal photography on Aliens, she decided to opt out of Hollywood altogether, and ended up pursuing a career as an educator. In 2000, she earned her degree in liberal studies and child development, and today she teaches fourth-graders in Northern California.
While Henn has made a conscious decision to forgo an acting career, she still appears on panels at fan conventions, and frequently keeps in touch with her Aliens co-star Sigourney Weaver. Speaking about her friendship with Weaver, Henn told Wired:
"She took me under her wings when we were filming, because I was so inexperienced. I can't describe my relationship with her, because she's more than just a friend what you see on screen is genuinely how we feel about each other."
Henn may have left the world of film, but her enduring friendship with Weaver proves Aliens has had a lasting impact on her life, one that still affects her to this day. Keep watching the video to see why Hollywood stopped casting these sci-fi stars.
Carrie Henn | 0:00
Linda Hamilton | 1:48
Hayden Christensen | 3:07
Natasha Henstridge | 4:25
Alex Pettyfer | 5:38
Casper Van Dien | 6:49
Saffron Burrows | 8:01
Michael Biehn | 8:58
T.J. Miller | 10:14
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