Denise landed her first big role with 1997's military sci-fi flick "Starship Troopers," in which she played Lt. Carmen Ibanez. "It was not my best performance," she told Entertainment Weekly in 1998. "I had this smile plastered on my face throughout the whole movie. I was so annoying." Still, the part scored her notoriety -- partly for her general sexiness but partly because she gets gorily impaled by an alien -- and led to a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Favorite Female Newcomer.