If you get the chance to star in just one film in your lifetime, you’d better make sure it’s a good one. Carrie Henn did just that, with the 1986 sci-fi classic Aliens being the one and only acting role of her entire life…
In case you’ve forgotten, let us remind you that Carrie Henn played Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jorden, the one and only survivor of the planet LV-426, whom a team of marines, as well as one Ellen Ripley, rescue and protect whilst at the same time being pursued by a large amount of slimy Xenomorphs.
Newt delivered lines that are still being repeated by movie lovers to this day, especially the classic “We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night. Mostly.”
Other lines such as “My mommy always said there were no monsters, no real ones, but there are” are also will remembered, as well as the scene when Ripley tells the marines “This is little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no training”, and Hudson, played by the late Bill Paxton, replies with “why don’t you put her in charge!” Newt does nothing in that particular scene apart from salute and look cute in a marine’s helmet, but she is still a big part of what is a legendary and well loved movie moment…
Carrie Henn was born in 1976 as Caroline Marie Henn. Her dad was in the US Air Force and she spent alot of her childhood in England. This explains why you can sometimes pick up an English accent when she speaks her lines in Aliens!
It was at a school in Lakenheath where she was cast in Aliens. Approximately 500 schoolchildren were auditioned for the role, but many of them had acted in commercials and would always smile after saying their lines. Henn had no previous acting experience so was not accustomed to this.
Despite having no acting experience whatsoever (she had never even appeared in a school play) she was billed second in the film behind Sigourney Weaver. It’s unbelievable to think that she had never acted before when you look at what a brilliant performance she gave. And let’s not forget that her surrogate mother in the film, Ellen Ripley, earnt Sigourney Weaver an Oscar, something that was almost unheard of for this type of film.
After Aliens Carrie Henn never again acted in any other film or TV series, although she did once reveal that she would love to be in a Quentin Tarantino film! She did however attend the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con for the 30th Anniversary reunion of the Aliens cast members. She has also revealed that her and Sigourney Weaver have remained in contact by letter.
Carrie currently lives in California where she works as a schoolteacher. She married Nathan Kutcher in 2005, with whom she has one child.