Heather Langenkamp

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Heather Langenkamp, 2008

Heather Langenkamp (born July 17, 1964) is an American actress, make-up artist and producer. She first became known for portraying Nancy Thompson in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series.


  • I don’t know if there are any other examples in history of an actress that got to play a teenager, the mid-20s version of the character and then the mid-30s version of the character. Now when I look back on it, it’s the role of a lifetime. Nancy and I, especially in New Nightmare, often get conflated into being the same type of person and Wes must have seen something in me that was the good type of girl Nancy was. Very self sufficient, strong and loyal to her friends. She’s a genius in some ways and has a spunky “won’t give up” spirit. As a teen auditioning for him, he must have seen something that he liked which was very flattering.
  • "I can't let go of my own vision of Nightmare on Elm Street, I just don't want to, I don't want to see another person play Freddy Kruger. I don't want to see scenes that we worked really hard on be reimagined. I respect their reason for doing it but I don't want to have it in my imagination or my mind.Those memories are so precious to me. I was a teenager when I made that movie so it's so formative. My friendship with Robert Englund is so important to me that I don't need it.

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