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Actress Sonita Henry delivers in Star Trek

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm •  Published: April 29, 2009

Actress Sonita Henry has an early encounter with James T. Kirk in the upcoming “Star Trek” movie, directed by J.J. Abrams. How early? She portrays the doctor who delivers baby Kirk in an action-packed scene.

“It’s a very dramatic scene,” Henry said in a recent interview with The Oklahoman. “Things are blowing up, and there’s a woman in labor … in the middle of a war zone, I guess.”

She said the gravity of being cast for “Star Trek” didn’t sink in immediately.

“As an actor, you’re like, ‘Great! Another job,’” she said. “And then it slowly begins to sink in that this isn’t just another job, this is ‘Star Trek.’ This is huge. This has millions and millions of fans around the world.”

She began filming on “Star Trek” in November 2007.

“We were shooting in the Long Beach power station,” Henry said. “We had loads of extras running around. We had explosions.”

Henry’s character and the doctor’s aide, are pushing the pregnant Winona Kirk (Jennifer Morrison, “House”) along in a wheelchair through the extras and the explosions.

“And I think at that point was when I was like, ‘Oh wow. OK, this is a huge movie,’” Henry said.

Henry hasn’t t seen the film. In fact, she’s not sure what she’ll look like in it.

“They put little dots on my face, and they’re going to … be morphing my features.”

Henry said it was difficult to turn down one request from Abrams.

“They wanted me to shave my eyebrows, which we hadn’t discussed until the first day on set,” she said. “Believe me, it was not an easy thing for me to say no, (but) … you don’t know if your eyebrows are going to grow back.”

Instead of shaving her eyebrows, Henry went through two hours of daily makeup to conceal her eyebrows with latex covers.

“It wasn’t work for me; I just got to sit there and drink coffee and relax,” she said. “But the poor makeup guys, two hours every morning, had to do that.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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