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Kristin Laura Kreuk (born December 30, 1982
in Vancouver, BC) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles on
the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont and on the American
television series Smallville in which she stars as Clark Kent's
star-crossed love Lana Lang.
December 30, 1982 (age: 23)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Legend of Earthsea (miniseries, 2004)
Kreuk (Dutch pronunciation: IPA: [k[r]řːk],
but more commonly pronounced "krook" to rhyme with English "spook" )
was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her father, Peter Kreuk, is of
Dutch ancestry and her mother, Deanna Che, is of Chinese descent but
born in Indonesia. Both are landscape architects. Kristin also has a
sister who is about five years younger. Kristin trained for gymnastics
at the national level till high school but quit in grade 11 due to
scoliosis. She attended Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver.
She had plans to study either psychology,
environmental science, or forensic science at Simon Fraser University
when a casting director for the CBC TV series Edgemont contacted her
secondary school, looking for an exotic-looking girl to play the part of
a Chinese Canadian, Laurel Yeung on the Vancouver-shot show. Kreuk's
drama teacher convinced Kreuk, who had no previous acting experience
other than in musicals at her high school, to audition for the role. To
her surprise, she won the part.
After shooting the first season of Edgemont
(a teen 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
entitled Snow White: The Fairest of Them All. The film, shot in
Vancouver, also starred Miranda Richardson and was directed by Caroline
Thompson. It aired on ABC on March 17, 2002.
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 love, Lana
Lang. Originally, Kreuk was unsure about auditioning for Lana's role, as
the character was to be a popular, gorgeous cheerleader and so she
assumed that the part would be that of a shallow "idiot". However, upon
reading the "graveyard scene" from the pilot, she was so impressed that
when she was offered the role, she immediately accepted.
In 2003, Kreuk wrapped up her role on
In the summer of 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.
The executives at Neutrogena decided to
make her the spokesmodel for their new worldwide ad campaign; in this
regard Kreuk followed in the footsteps of fellow teen stars such as
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Moore, and Mischa Barton. In 2005, she
renewed her contract with Neutrogena for another two years, making her
the longest-serving model spokesperson in the company's history.
In 2003, she made her first feature film, a
cameo appearance in the film Eurotrip, starring Scott Mechlowicz and
Michelle Trachtenberg. The film, shot in Prague, Czech Republic, also
featured cameos by Matt Damon and Lucy Lawless. It debuted in theatres
on February 20, 2004.
In early 2005, Kreuk signed on to the
independent feature film Partition. She will play Naseem, a vulnerable
seventeen-year-old whose world is shattered by the trauma of the
Partition of India in 1947, but who falls in love with ex-British Indian
Army officer Gian Singh (played by Jimi Mistry). Neve Campbell also
stars. The film is directed by Vic Sarin and is a co-production between
Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The Canadian release date
for the film is scheduled for November 2006.
In late 2005, Steve Carell (of The
40-Year-Old Virgin) revealed that he had approached Kreuk to play the
lead female role of Agent 99 in the forthcoming Warner Bros. feature
film Get Smart. However, as of early 2006, there has been no
confirmation from either Kreuk or her management team as to whether or
not she has accepted the role.
Year Project Role Other notes
2006 Partition Naseem Khan Post-production
2004 Legend of Earthsea Tenar Miniseries
2004 Eurotrip Fiona Cameo appearance
2001 Snow White Snow White Television movie
2001 Smallville Lana Lang Television Series
2000 Edgemont Laurel Yeung Television
Height: 5'4" (1.63 m)
Hair color: Dark-haired
Ethnicity: Dutch, Chinese
Born and raised in Vancouver, British
Spokesmodel for Neutrogena
Ranked #10 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #71 on FHM-US's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #17 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #24 on FHM-US's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #16 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #23 on FHM-US's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #43 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #28 on FHM-US's 100 Sexiest Women of
Ranked #67 on Maxim's Hot 100 list of 2005
Attended Eric Hamber Secondary School
Ranked #3 in Slovenia's national "Sexy?
Who's Sexy?" poll 2003
1 Kristin Kreuk cast bio on The WB; URL
accessed April 21, 2006.
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