Whatever happened to Carrie Henn?

News Mark Pickavance 13 Aug 2007 - 10:41
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Sometimes, child stars stay in the spotlight - usually with their drug addictions overshadowing their once great careers. But sometimes they don't. So where's Aliens' Newt now?

It wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say my favourite action move of all time is the James Cameron-directed Aliens. I don’t really see this as a movie sequel in a conventional sense. While it retained characters and ideas from the original, the direction that Cameron took this was entirely different from Ridley Scott’s work. Viewed entirely in isolation it’s a wildly unpredictable ride, stunningly designed and brilliantly executed.

Along with Sigourney Weaver, this production also had some stand-out performances by Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen, but also a young actress called Carrie Henn, as Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jordan. The soft spoken Carrie was obviously meant for a sparkling movie career, so why did we never see her ever again?

Curiously she had no prior acting experience before Aliens, not even a school production performance. The daughter of a US Air Force serviceman, she was at school near Lakenheath when she was unexpectedly cast in the roll of Newt. Interestingly her brother ‘Christopher Henn’ was also cast as Newt’s brother Timmy, but he didn’t appear in the original release. Only in the extended version do we meet Timmy. Like his sister, he’s never appeared in anything else.

After Aliens was a huge success she was interviewed a number of times, and every time she said she had no intentions to act again. She’s stuck to her word, and for a very long time she never appeared on film again. But since 2001 she’s appeared in a couple of made-for-TV documentaries on Alien, and she was also interviewed with Sigourney and her brother for the Alien Quadrilogy DVD pack. But aside from occasional interest from the Sci-Fi community, she’s led an entirely Hollywood-free existence. Her last official appearance was at the 20th Anniversary screening of Aliens in 2006, in Los Angeles.

In 2000 she earned her degree in liberal studies and child development, and now works as a school teacher in Atwater, California.

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They mostly come out at night...mostly ( sorry couldn't resist! )

Apparently she was in Napoleon Dynamite, also...

What on earth is "liberal studies"? If I'd known she would have gone on to study something as pointless as that I'd have been rooting for her to become an alien after-eight.

They mostly come out at night...mostly ( sorry couldn't resist! )

Apparently she was in Napoleon Dynamite, also...

What on earth is "liberal studies"? If I'd known she would have gone on to study something as pointless as that I'd have been rooting for her to become an alien after-eight.

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Carrie's father worked as the NCOIC of the Castle AFB emergency room that my wife commanded when the movie was released.  She was a great kid without any big ego due to her fame.  I'm glad she's doing well and find it interesting that she stayed in the central valley area as an adult.

I thought she was perfect in the part. I think people who thought she was bad just have their own idea of how a child should act during a horrific on going encounter with very large and very deadly aliens. I think they lack the imagination to really lose themselves in the movie and just let the movie show scare the hell out of you.

I was around the same age as the girl newt in aliens.I remember that movie when it first hit theatres and when I saw it I thought that it was awesome. The coolest thing about it was the fact that they were sending Ripley and the space marines to a planet that was completely baron and the facility was so creepy cause when they get there its as if the people just vanished. The place was like a maze and newt was cool she was hiding in all these air ducts and evading the aliens.awesome movie better than the original,without a doubt!!!!

I'll bet you have a miserable life. Give the kid a braek

Yes you are....the only person on Earth.

A wide variety of careers are available to students who complete a Liberal Studies major. LIS graduates find entry into careers in business, government, and social service agencies like adult and family services, criminal justice, and health and welfare. Some Liberal Studies majors combine this study with teacher training programs at either the undergraduate or graduate level to become K-12 educators; others find this interdisciplinary major appropriate for graduate studies in law. So...you were saying Liberace?

Aliens is perhaps one of the most beautiful films made. Carrie Henn played a wonderful part. I think it  it  is incredibly wonderful the she (you) became a teacher. I will always think of  you and imagine you as a teacher.. Isn't life strange.

Toni-No offense, but your pointing out Liberace's lack of education is unbecoming of anyone college educated, or not. To answer Liberace's question which was vaild, as not everyone knows what a Liberal Arts education is, it is primarily designed to give students a solid preparation in the humanities.In other words, it kind of covers a little bit of everything. As for the topic at hand, and as an actor myself, Hollywood can be brutal. I applaud those who can walk away from fame and fortune of that magnitude and never look back. Looks like Carrie did well for herself with what she chose.

 She is doing well,I worked with her for about 6 years at a  town near Atwater,Ca. named Merced,ca. We worked at Sears At The Merced Mall,she told me she never wanted to be in acting again she was using her royalties from the movie to but herself through school to be a teacher.I see her now and then around town.If my memory serves me right she got married in 2005 to her longtime boyfriend.
I know this post is very old just thought i would respond anyway.

No he's not, I agree that she was terrible and destroyed every scene. As do all my friends. Its not all her fault though, Cameron is well known for not really caring about the acting or dialogue that goes into his movies, so if he's not going to give her any direction, the performance she gives is the result.

Choosing what you want to persue in life, and turning down an acting career is not what many people would do especially after a huge score. But I'm proud of Carrie for doing so. If I happened to cross her path, I would of met a celebrity and not even know it.

Carrie Henn was awesome in Aliens. I'm glad to see that she chose a career in education too. I'm amazed that she wanted a normal life for herself. It really shows that she had a great upbringing.

Speaking as a teacher I can see no way that teaching is preferable to being a hollywood celebrity. In fact I can see no way that teaching is preferable to having a baby alien burst out of your chest. Still it's pretty cool in our fame obsessed times that the star of Aliens is so down to earth.

You're right. Foregone Acting: Teaching or 'FAT'.

PS - You're a shitty person. Go live with yourself.

at least she performed twice as good as Bill Paxton. But good for her to stay out of Hollywood I guess ;)

You're obviously not a scholar in literature either. If you were, you might be able to punctuate properly.

"Go live with yourself" Hahaha I'm borrowing that one.

Mary Badham (To Kill a Mockingbird), Carrie Henn. There aren't many famous movies you can name which are known for the supporting performance of a child actor like these two. Mary Badham carried "Mockingbird", even more so than Gregory Peck's Oscar winning performance. Sigourney Weaver received an Oscar nom for Aliens, but it's Carrie Henn's performance -- and her somewhat famous line -- which sci-fi enthusiasts mostly remember...mostly.

I loved newt, with her shy/withdrawn nature and whispering voice, she reminded me of a sad little will-o-wisp or ghost. She had such an endearing (and surprise) presence in the movie and I always wondered what happened to the little girl who played her. I was so upset when they killed her off in the third instalment. In my mind, I sometimes pretend that Ripley, Newt and Hicks returned safely to Earth and they all lived happily ever after.
I know this scenario is lame and wouldn't have made for a very interesting prequel. Oh well.
I must say that a part of me (the selfish part), would have loved to have seen Carrie in a couple of more movies, although her one-and-only performance was memorable enough. I'm just glad that she is doing well; she sounds like a happy, caring, well- adjusted girl (or lady I should say). I wish her all the best.

I loved that line but I also loved the scene where she salutes (wearing Hudson's [?] helmet) and says 'af-firm-ative.' That's cute.

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