More than 30 years ago, Carrie Henn was a 9-year-old living in London, where she d just landed a big role in what would become one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time: James Cameron s Aliens.
In the 1986 smash, Henn starred as Newt, the soot-faced, wide-eyed orphan whose family has been wiped out by xenomorphs, and who develops a near-familial bond with Ripley, the creature-cratering heroine played by Sigourney Weaver.
And if you thought that hanging around the set filled with multi-mouthed monsters not to mention James Cameron was scary for a young kid, you re right—though, as it turns out, Hehn s fears had nothing to do with her acid-drooling co-stars.
I wasn t nervous about being on set, because I knew everybody, and they were very friendly, Henn said during a recent stop at the WIRED Cafe during Comic-Con International, where the film is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The aliens were all my friends, wearing suits.
I didn t have any concept that everybody else was going to be dressed up, too.