Kreuk at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Kristin Laura Kreuk
(1982-12-30) December 30, 1982
Vancouver. British Columbia, Canada
|Occupation||Actress, film producer|
Kristin Laura Kreuk (/ˈkruːk/; born December 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress, known for her roles as Lana Lang in the Superman-inspired television series Smallville and as Laurel Yeung in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011).
Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Peter Kreuk and Deanna Che, two landscape architects. Her father is of Dutch descent, her mother is of Chinese descent, born in Indonesia, and her maternal grandmother was Chinese Jamaican. She has a younger sister, Justine Kreuk.
Kreuk trained in karate and gymnastics at the national level until high school, but quit in grade 11 due to scoliosis. Kreuk was planning to study forensic science or psychology at Simon Fraser University, but was completely taken aback when a casting director for the CBC television series Edgemont contacted her at her high school.
After filming the first season of Edgemont (a teenage soap opera set at a Vancouver-area high school) and getting herself an agent, Kreuk landed the lead role of Snow White in a TV movie titled Snow White: The Fairest of Them All. The film, shot in Vancouver, also starred Miranda Richardson as the Evil Queen Elspeth, Snow White’s evil stepmother, and was directed by Caroline Thompson. It aired on ABC, and later released on DVD, in 2002. In mid-2004, Kreuk took the role of Tenar for the Sci Fi Channel two-part miniseries Legend of Earthsea. The miniseries was filmed in Vancouver, directed by Rob Lieberman and broadcast on December 13, 2004.
After Snow White, Kreuk’s agent sent an audition tape to screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who at the time were putting together the cast of a show they had created for the WB Network entitled Smallville. The series, which was slated to be shot in Vancouver, revolves around the life of teenager Clark Kent before he becomes Superman. Gough and Millar called Kreuk to WB’s studios in Burbank, California to audition for the role of Clark Kent’s first love, Lana Lang. She was the first cast for the show. For a while, Kreuk was starring on both Smallville and Edgemont, although her role on Edgemont slightly diminished over time. Edgemont ended its run in 2005. After seven seasons, Kreuk left Smallville in the beginning of 2008, when her character leaves town. She returned as a guest star in the show’s 8th season for five episodes to conclude her storyline. In the first three seasons of the show she was paid $40,000 per episode, while from season four on she earned $270,000 per episode.
In 2009, Kristin Kreuk signed on for a multi-episode arc in season three of Chuck. She played Hannah, a computer troubleshooter who joins the Buy More Nerd Herd after being laid off from her previous job.
In 2010, she portrayed Ben Hur’s sister Tirzah in the TV movie Ben Hur, which aired in Canada and later on ABC in the United States.
Kreuk was involved with two pilots that did not get picked up: an NBC 2010 sitcom entitled Hitched (which was co-created by Josh Schwartz, who was also the creator of Chuck) and a 2011 CBS drama series called 17th Precinct, which was developed by Ronald D. Moore.
In February 2012, Kreuk was announced as the lead female character in The CW‘s reboot of Beauty & the Beast, which was picked up on May 11, 2012, and started airing in Fall 2012. The CW announced in October 2015 that the show’s upcoming fourth season, scheduled to air over the summer of 2016, would be its final season. The series finale is slated to air on August 25, 2016.
Kreuk appeared in the comedy film EuroTrip (2004), playing the unfaithful girlfriend of the protagonist.
In early 2005, Kreuk signed on to the Canadian independent film Partition (2007), playing Naseem, a vulnerable 17-year-old whose world is shattered by the trauma of the Partition of India in 1947; the character also falls in love with an ex-British Indian Army officer. In the summer of 2006, Kreuk starred in the short film, Dream Princess by comic book writer/artist Kaare Andrews. The film is a modern sci-punk retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, with a twist. Unfortunately it never aired. Kreuk starred in the film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), in which she played the title character, Chun-Li. She tested for the sequel Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), with the role going to Paula Patton.
Kreuk, with Rosena Bhura, whom Kreuk met on the set of Partition, started a production company called Parvati Creative Inc, which focuses on “human-centric films as seen through a female lens”. Parvati’s first production was a short film directed by Rick Rosenthal called Blink, of which Kreuk is listed as an executive producer. The second project was a comedy web series entitled “Queenie” which featured Kreuk’s friend Olivia Cheng.
Neutrogena made her the spokesmodel for their new worldwide advertising campaign. In this role, Kreuk followed in the footsteps of fellow teen stars such as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mandy Moore. In 2005, she renewed her contract with Neutrogena for another two years, making her the company’s longest-serving model spokesperson.
|2001||Snow White: The Fairest of Them All||Snow White||Movie|
|2001||The Weekenders||Gina (voice)||Episode: “My Punky Valentine”|
|2001–05||Edgemont||Laurel Yeung||Series regular (70 episodes)|
|2012–16||Beauty & the Beast||Catherine Chandler||Main role (70 episodes)|
|2006||Dream Princess||Princess||Short film|
|2009||Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li||Chun-Li|
|2011||Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy||Heather Thompson|
|2012||Space Milkshake||Tilda||Also executive producer|
Awards and nominations
In 2014 and 2015, Kreuk won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress for her role in The CW‘s Beauty & the Beast. In 2015, she was ranked as Canada’s most beautiful person in an online poll organized by ET Canada.
|2002||Saturn Awards||Best Actress in a Television Series||Smallville||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Action||Nominated|
|2004||Saturn Awards||Best Actress in a Television Series||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Action||Nominated|
|2006||Choice TV Actress: Action/Drama||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress in a Television Series||Nominated|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Action||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Beauty & the Beast||Nominated|
|2014||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress||Won|