Sometimes I love acting but then sometimes I think it's too much for me
and I don't know if it is something that I could do for the rest of my
life.” Kristin Kreuk
Canadian model and actress Kristin Kreuk is most famous for her
role as lovely girl Lana Lang, the love interest of Clark Kent, in the
WB/CW television series “Smallville,” which she played from
the first to seven season (2001-2008) as regular basis, and in
five episodes in season eight as a guest star. For her work on the
show, she received four Saturn nominations in the category of Best
Actress in a Television Series, plus Cinescape Genre Face of the Future
Award nomination for Female, from the Academy of Science Fiction,
Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, and six Teen Choice nominations.
Formerly, Kreuk gained notice in the Canadian television series
“Edgemont” (2001-2005) after landing the starring role of
16 year-old Laurel Yeung, the smart, savvy and artistic girl from
Toronto. She played the title character in the ABC television movie
“Snow White: The Fairest of Them All” (2001) and Tenar, the
student of the High Priestess of the Tombs of Atuan in the Sci-Fi
Channel miniseries “Legend of Earthsea” (2004). Other films
she has appeared in include “Partition” (2007),
“Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” (2009),
“Vampire” (2011) and “Irvine Welsh's
Kreuk's fan should look forward for her performances in the forthcoming
films “Space Milkshake” (2012) and “Beauty and the
Beast” (2012, TV).
Off screen, the brown-haired, hazel-eyed beauty ranked No. 10 of 100
Sexiest Girls in FHM UK and No. 71 of 100 Sexiest Girls in FHM America
in 2002, and was listed as the 24th of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in 2003.
She was also voted the first of Femme Fatales' 50 Sexiest Women in
2005. As for her romantic life, Kreuk, who shares the same birthday
with famous athletes Tiger Woods, NBA superstar LeBron James and former
Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson, currently lives in her hometown Vancouver
with her French bulldog Dublin. In late 2011, the actress
purchased a home in Los Angeles with her actor boyfriend Mark Hildreth.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to a Dutch father and a Chinese mother, Kristin Laura Kreuk
was born on December 30, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Together with her younger sister Justine Kreuk, Kristin grew up in
Vancouver under the guidance of their landscape architect parents.
Kristen, who described herself as shy and boring, spent her youth
focusing on her studies. While studying at Vancouver's Eric Hamber High
School, she became involved in high school stage productions while
attending drama class. In her senior year, Kristin's drama teacher
encouraged her to join an open casting audition for the CBC series
Edgemont and she got the role. By the time Kristin graduated high
school, the big fan of Jodie Foster was on her way to an acting career.
In her free time, the Eurasian-looking beauty enjoys hobbies, watching
movies, dancing, reading, writing, gymnastics and spending time with
friends. She has a purple belt in karate.
“I never dreamed of being an actor, but I'm beginning to love it
more and more because I like challenging myself. When I feel like I'm
not learning or having fun anymore, then I'll stop.” Kristin
Acting in high school theater productions, Kristin Kreuk, who intended
to further her education at an university, began her professional
acting career after she was persuaded by her drama teacher to attend an
open audition for a role in “Edgemont.” In 2000, she
eventually won the starring role of 16 year-old Laurel Yeung, the
intelligent, savvy, artistic girl from Toronto who has problems dealing
with her new suburban environment, in the CBC teen soap. She was
nominated for a Leo Award for Youth or Children's Program or Series:
Best Performance for her performance. Kristin began collecting fans
while in the show.
Kreuk also became well known through the popular Warner Bros television
series “Smallville” (2001). The story is about the young
life of comic book hero Clark Kent (Superman) and his hidden love for
Lana Lang (played by Kristin). The success of the series helped launch
Kristin's career. Shortly after, she did interviews for several popular
magazines including Rolling Stone and Your Magazine.
Moreover, Kreuk became one of the spokesmodels for Neutrogena skin
care products, following in the footsteps of Jennifer Love Hewitt and
The rising young star had her television movie debut in 2001 when she
landed the title role in “Snow White: The Fairest of Them
All,” a presentation of ABC's “The Wonderful World of
Disney.” In the film, Kreuk costarred with Miranda Richardson.
In 2004, Kreuk moved on to a big screen project when she made a cameo
appearance as Fiona in the comedy “EuroTrip” (2004,
starring Scott Mechlowicz and Michelle Trachtenberg). That same year,
she also teamed up with director Rob Lieberman and producer Lawrence
Bender in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries, based on Ursula K. Le Guin's
novel, “Legend of Earthsea” (2004, also starring Shawn
Ashmore, Isabella Rossellini and Danny Glover). During her hectic
schedule, Kreuk also had guest spots in such television shows as
“Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” (2003), “Late Night
with Conan O'Brien” (2004) and “T4” (2004).
Kreuk, who's favorite TV shows are “Friends,” “Third
Watch” and “Emergency Room,” was cast as Naseem Khan,
a defenseless 17-year-old girl whose world is horrified by the trauma
of the 1947 Separation of India, in the drama film
“Partition” (2007), opposite Jimi Mistry and Neve Campbell.
Directed and co-written by Vic Sarin, the film won two Leo Awards in
the categories of Best Production Design in a Feature Length Drama and
Best Sound Editing in a Feature Length Drama and was nominated for two
Genie Awards for Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best
Achievement in Costume Design.
Next up for Kreuk, she starred along with Neal McDonough and Michael
Clarke Duncan in the action/crime film “Street Fighter: The
Legend of Chun-Li,” for director Andrzej Bartkowiak. The film
premiered in Tokyo on February 12, 2009.
After leaving “Smallville,” Kreuk returned to the small
screen by having the recurring role of Hannah in the Emmy Award winning
series “Chuck” (2010). The same year, she also starred as
Tirzah the TV miniseries “Ben Hur,” opposite Joseph
Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore and Emily VanCamp. Adapted from Lew
Wallace's1880 novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” the
show broadcast on Canada's CBC network on April 4, 2010 and aired later
in 2010 on ABC in the United States. In 2011, she played Maria Lucas in
the Japanese horror film “Vampire” and starred as Heather
Thompson in the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel, “Irvine
Welsh's Ecstasy,” opposite Adam Sinclair, Billy Boyd and Carlo
Kreuk will star as Tilda in the upcoming Canadian science
fiction/comedy film “Space Milkshake” (2012), directed and
written by Armen Evrensel. She also serves as executive producer on the
film. On the small screen, she is set to play Catherine Chandler in the
CW TV film “Beauty and the Beast” (2012).