The film was released under its original title in Europe.
Realizing the young woman's talent, the agent took a photo and asked her to audition.
The chance encounter resulted in her getting cast in her first feature film, "Waterland" (1992), which co-starred Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons. Headey dated "The Jungle Book" co-star Jason Flemyng ("Snatch") for nine years and has a tattoo of his name in Thai on her arm. She's an avid Twitter user and couldn't care less if she drunk tweets, saying, "they're just these tiny words." 7.
Ever since breaking out in the states in "300," Lena Headey has been lighting up the small and silver screen playing strong, iconic women.
Over 20 years ago, Headey's film career was jump-started by a chance encounter at the Royal National Theatre in high school.
The film received mixed reviews, but her performance was widely praised, The next year she starred as a French exchange student in the independent comedy Slap Her...
She's French, which was shelved in North America for two years, then released under the new title She Gets What She Wants.
Since then, Headey has played key roles in several major films, including most notably Queen Gorgo in the blockbuster 300 (2006). I just happen to be a little bit skinny because that’s how my body works, you know what I mean? When you were starting it, how did you want to differentiate yourself from Linda Hamilton? LH: Well, I just directed a little movie, which I wrote, which is [dryly] brilliant, honestly [laughs].
Last January, Headey took on her most iconic role yet: Sarah Connor, the character first made famous by Linda Hamilton in Terminator (1984) and its sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). I was thinking, seriously, people can’t be that narrow-minded. It just became such a big talking point too, which was ridiculous. LH: I didn’t really honestly think about it so much. I didn’t think about Linda Hamilton; I didn’t think about her playing Sarah. I think there would be some really cool stuff to do with her kind of slight madness. It’s a comedy, and my friend produced it for me, and helped me get it in some semblance so we could make a movie.
We chatted about Sarah Connor, Headey’s latest tattoos and kissing Piper Perabo. Like I think she’s neglected herself for such a long time, thinking about [her son, John Connor] and thinking about surviving and running, and if she f—s up then the whole world’s gonna die, do you know what I mean?
After Ellen.com: I was surprised that you got all those negative responses last year.
After the success of Coyote Ugly, Perabo decided to move away from blockbusters and focus on independent films.