Dennis Quaid and Elaine Hendrix Apparently Had ‘Tremendous Chemistry’ on ‘Parent Trap’ Despite Age Gap

by Keeli Parkey

The Disney film, “The Parent Trap” tells the story of twin girls who have been kept apart from one another for their entire lives. One lives with their mother in England, while the other lives with their father in California.

The identical twin girls, played in the 1998 remake by Lindsay Lohan, do eventually meet. The girls’ names are Annie James and Hallie Parker. They hatch a plan to bring their parents back together. Playing the parents in the film were Dennis Quaid and the late Natasha Richardson. He played Nick Parker. She played Elizabeth James.

There are obstacles along the way to making the twins’ plan work, though. One of those obstacles standing the way is the character of Meredith Blake played by Elaine Hendrix. Blake is the fiance of Nick Parker. And, she obviously doesn’t plan to give him up easily.

According to what Hendrix recently told Insider, she and Dennis Quaid had a lot of “chemistry.”

“I thought we had tremendous chemistry,” the actress said. She was 26 years old when the film was made. Quaid was 44 years old.

“He’s just such a guy,” Elaine Hendrix also said about the popular actor.

Elaine Hendrix Said Age Difference Between Her and Dennis Quaid in ‘The Parent Trap’ ‘Worked Well’

As to why they had such great “chemistry,” the actress offered an explanation. Elaine Hendrix said she felt like Dennis Quaid, who has also starred in such films as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Wyatt Earp,” and “The Rookie” just to name a few, was “younger” than his actual age.

“One of the generalized differences between men and women is that boys mature later and girls mature earlier. So I think I was sort of an older 26,” Hendrix said. “… I think it worked well.”

The actress is now 50. And, she said during the interview that she was not sure why the minds behind “The Parent Trap” decided to make the character of Meredith Blake 26 years old. She guesses that the screenwriters wanted the love interest for Quaid’s character to be young. But not too young.

“The character had to be close enough to the twins’ age but not so close that it was like, ‘Oh, this is really creepy,'” Hendrix said.

Interestingly in real life, Dennis Quaid got engaged to a much younger woman. In 2019, when he was 65 years old, he got engaged to Laura Savoie, who was 26 years old at the time.

You can watch the trailer for “The Parent Trap” below.

“The Parent Trap” actress Elaine Hendrix has had many other roles during her career. Her filmography includes such television shows as “Days of Our Lives,” “Married … With Children,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “Two and a Half Men.”

In addition to “The Parent Trap,” Hendrix has also appeared in such films as “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.”