“I know that my life will change after this movie, but I just can't prepare myself on no longer being anonymous.” Kristanna Loken on Terminator 3
Norwegian model-turned-actress Kristanna Loken acquired instant worldwide recognition for her stone-faced performance as the female cyborg super villain Terminatrix in the hugely successful action sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger). Her film credits include Academy Boyz (1997), two big-screen flops, Gangland (2000) and Panic (2001), and Uwe Boll’s horror-fantasy Blood Rayne (2005). Fans can also catch her in the upcoming Lime Salted Love (2006) and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006).
On the small screen, Loken has dotted her resume with a variety of roles in such shows as “As the World Turns” (1994), the sitcom “Unhappily Ever After” (1996-1997), “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” (1997-1998), “Mortal Kombat: Conquest” (1998-1999), the short-lived “D.C.” (2000) and “Philly” (2001, starring Kim Delaney).
Off screen, Loken, who has six tattoos on her body, measures 34B-22-30. She was listed the 3rd on Maxim's “Hot 100 List” in 2003, behind Shania Twain and Christina Aguilera. In 2003, Loken confessed she would rather kiss women than men because they are warmer, but she still enjoys finding gorgeous men.
Childhood and Family:
Of American-Norwegian descent, Kristanna Sommer Loken was born on October 8, 1979, in Ghent, New York. Her father is Crish, a former actor, writer and the owner of the Loken family's farm and her mother is Rande, a successful Wilhelmina model who quit, dedicating all her time to her family and farm. Kristanna has one sister named Tanya, who once worked as a model and an actress but dropped out to begin a career as a writer.
Kristanna was active as a child. She was exposed to both private and public schools and spent many of her early years studying dance, singing and acting. The young girl also showed a great affection for sports, especially horseback riding. She developed her craft in equestrian events and has ridden across much of Ireland and Namibia, Hawaii and Africa. As a teenager, however, Kristanna opted to pursue a career in modeling and later added acting to her endeavors.
Standing a willowy 5’11”, Kristanna enjoys sports like baseball, riding, and practices a yoga called “Bikram.” The owner of a dog named Buster, Kristanna also enjoys photographing and reading.
Encouraged by her former-model mother to pursue a modeling career, Kristanna Loken decided to follow in her mom’s footsteps when she was a teenager. Entering the Elite “Look of the Year” contest in Ibiza, Spain, at the tender age of 15, Kristanna soon received her first break as she placed third in the competition. This experience paved the way for some brilliant opportunities in fashion, including one as an Elite model. The same year as the modeling contest, Loken kicked off her acting career by accepting the role of Danielle “Dani” Andropolous on the long-running soap “As the World Turns” (1994). The popular drama was created by Irna Phillips.
Two years after her acting debut, Loken was seen again on the small screen when she played Tiffany Kindall on the sci-fi series “Aliens in the Family” (1996) and landed the reoccurring role Sable O'Brien on WB’s sitcom “Unhappily Ever After” (1996-1997). She also guest starred in an episode of “Law & Order” and in “Boy Meets World” before moving on to the big screen in 1997 with the supporting role of Linda Baker in Dennis Cooper’s Academy Boyz (1997, starring Justin Whalin and Jeffrey D. Sams). She followed that up with bit parts on television series such as “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and Just Shoot Me!”
After a string of small roles, Loken eventually landed a regular role on the syndicated drama series “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” (1997-1998). During her one-year tenure, Loken developed the character of Janine Kelly and gained some important acting exposure in the process. She further improved her acting when she played series’ regular Taja on the syndicated “Mortal Kombat: Conquest” (1998-1999).
A second film work knocked on her door in the new millennium when director Art Camacho cast her in the small part of Angie in the David De Falco-scripted Gangland (2000). Unfortunately, her effort was met with failure. Loken next costarred with Jacinda Barrett and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the drama series “D.C.” (2000), but it was quickly axed after only a couple of episodes. She had another box office flop on her hands with Bob Misiorowski’s thriller Panic (2001), in which she played the female lead, opposite Rodney Rowland and Alexander Enberg. Loken’s career gain momentum with her reoccurring role of Lisa Walensky on the TV drama “Philly” (2001, starring Kim Delaney), where her good performance helped audiences forget her big screen duds. In the following year, she portrayed Brunhild in the German-language television movie Nibelungen, Die (2002), starring alongside Mario Adorf and Götz Schubert.
“In the back of my mind I kept thinking, ‘I’m fighting Arnold and I’ve got to be naked in front of the world.’ So that was enough incentive. I would work, like, 20 hours and work out constantly in my gym and my trailer because of the ‘birthing’ scene, as I call it.” Kristanna Loken
Loken’s breakthrough screen role finally arrived in 2003 when she portrayed the seemingly inexorable villain T-X in the eagerly anticipated sequel Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. As the sci-fi thriller film became a hit, Loken gained immediate worldwide recognition. Additionally, the role helped her secure a spot in Hollywood and elevated the good-looking blonde to elite status.
Following her success, Loken took a year hiatus from film. Recently, she made her way back to the wide screen with the release of the horror-fantasy Blood Rayne (2005). In the Uwe Boll-directed film, Loken starred as the title character, opposite Michelle Rodriguez and Ben Kingsley. In 2006, she can add two film projects to her resume. First, she will play Zephyr Gennessee in the drama Lime Salted Love (2006), starring opposite Danielle Agnello and Joe Hall, then rejoin Uwe Boll for the Adventure In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006, starring Jason Statham, John Rhys-Davies and Ray Liotta).