Life Before Smallville
Before her breakthrough on the show Kreuk had exposure on screen except for a role in a Canadian drama. However "Smallville" propelled her to become a favorite among audiences. Her spirited vulnerable portrayal of Lana contributed greatly to her popularity with that demographic. She remained with the series for most of its run before leaving during its season to explore acting opportunities.
Kreuk experienced varying degrees of success in projects like "Street Fighter; The Legend of Chun Li '' (2009) before finding her role as a lead actress on the well-known adaptation "Beauty and the Beast '' (CW, 2012 16). This version infused elements of a police into the romance storyline. Being adored by fans on the CW network and having a partnership with Neutrogena ensured that Kreuk would continue to be recognized as one of Hollywood's rising talents, in adult entertainment for years to come.
Kristin Lauren Kreuk, the oldest of two daughters, was born on December 30, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia. While she had a passion for drama during her school years it was gymnastics that truly captivated her. Her parents, Peter Kreuk and Deanna Che both worked as landscape architects.
Passion For Sports
She pursued her passion for sports at a level until grade when she had to quit due to scoliosis. During her year in school, she had made up her mind to study science or psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. However, everything changed when she unexpectedly crossed paths with a casting director from the Canadian Broadcasting Company. The director was searching for an actress for a drama geared towards teenagers and Kreuks mixed Chinese heritage made her an excellent fit for the role. Encouraged by her drama teacher she decided to audition and surprisingly landed the part of Laurel, a high school student whose complicated love life was central to the TV show "Edgemont" (CBC, 2001 05). Kreuk continued working on the series throughout its run on television achieving success both in Canada and the United States.
While filming the season of "Edgemont " Kreuk acquired representation through an agent who helped her secure the role in "Snow White; The Fairest of Them All" (Hallmark Channel, 2001). This adaptation offered a darker and edgier take on the fairy tale. Received positive feedback from critics after it aired.
The agent also put her forward for a show called "Smallville," where the story of Superman is set in a contemporary and youth-oriented environment.
The producers were in search of an actress to portray Lana Lang, the girl who captured Superman's heart before Lois Lane, the city reporter. Kreuk was chosen for the role. Found herself fully immersed in the history of DC Comics characters. She had to juggle her leading roles in both the series and "Edgemont'' at the time.
New Tv Ventures
At first, Kreuk had doubts about accepting the role as it seemed superficial. However, the TV version of Lana was quite distinct from her portrayal in the comics. Although she was popular and attractive, Lana also carried a sense of loneliness due to losing her parents. She tried to bury her emotions by engaging in a relationship with the school's quarterback. As viewers followed along with the series Lana gradually turned away from her love interest. Began exploring her feelings for Clark Kent (Tom Welling). However, Clark's struggle to conceal his superpowers created a divide between them that eventually drove Lana into the arms of his rival Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) whom she ended up marrying. Unfortunately, Luthor's manipulations ruin their relationship, prompting Lana to leave her hometown for Paris at the end of season seven, in search of self-discovery.
Lana's departure also marked the conclusion of Kreuk's involvement in the series. However, she made a comeback in the season for a captivating storyline where Lana sought vengeance against Luthor. Her plan involved stealing a super suit that utilized alien DNA to grant abilities to its wearer.
After fulfilling her commitment to the TV show "Smallville " she only appeared in the fantasy film "Dream Princess" (2006). The period drama "Partition" (2007). The latter was a Canadian U.K. South co-production that depicted a love story between an Indian girl (Kreuk) and a British officer (Jimi Mistry) during the Partition of India in 1947 which led to the creation of India and Pakistan. She later returned to feature films as a lead in "Street Fighter; The Legend of Chun Li" (2009) which was based on the video game with the name. However, this film had a run in theaters. In addition to her acting career Kreuk also co-created "Girls by Design " a website aimed at promoting creativity and self-awareness, among girls.