Henri was born in Swendway. When he was seventeen, one year before the Selection, he and his family moved from Swendway to Sota in Illéa. He as well as his parents are cooks. He has a little sister, Annika.
After he was selected his parents put out a call for a reliable translator, because Henri could only speak a few words in English. Erik, a first generation Swendish to be born in Illéa, submitted his résumé and became his translator during the Selection. He met Henri only a week before the Selection started, but they quickly became close friends and Henri mostly communicates through him.
Henri has wild blond curls and a boyish smile. When Eadlyn first saw his photo on his application form, she described him as "a boy with a very innocent face and a head full of wild blond curls". When she first met him in person, Henri "was nothing but smiles, and it looked like someone had tried to tame his hair and failed". Also, Henri "seemed younger than most of the others [Suitors] and did have that happy-go-lucky air about him".
"... Henri is endlessly optimistic. No matter the circumstance, he is a beacon of joy."- Eadlyn Schreave
Henri has an eccentric attitude, much like Marlee Woodwork. He is shown to be very sweet, but also shy and quiet. He is extremely intelligent and passionate for the things he loves. He is always happy and cheerful, even in serious situations, like the destroyed Suitors' parade and the public elimination of 11 Suitors. He only became nervous when Eadlyn kissed him, as he really desires to be her husband. He studies a lot to understand the laws and culture of Illéa. According to Erik, his translator, he even studies the way Queen Eadlyn's brothers walk. However, his language skills need a lot of improvement, something that Erik notices will be a long-term obstacle if Eadlyn develops feelings for him, too. Despite the language barrier, Eadlyn is able to connect with Henri on a deeper level than many other suitors. She states that even with the language barrier she feels that if she were to tell anyone something intimate it would be Henri.
- He loves to bake and cook.
- His name means "home ruler".
- His application was full of spelling mistakes because he guessed the words.
- He baked korvapuusti (Cinnamon rolls, or "a slap on the ear") during a group date, one of his favorite things to prepare as well as eat.
- He was the second Suitor that Eadlyn kissed, after Kile Woodwork.
- Kiera Cass stated at her twitter account that she adores Henri.
- His name is pronounced ON-REE.