Kristin Kreuk


Kristin Kreuk

Infobox actor


name = Kristin Kreuk
caption =
birthname = Kristin Laura Kreuk
birthdate = birth date and age|1982|12|30
birthplace = Vancouver, BC, Canada
yearsactive = 2001-present

Kristin Laura Kreuk (born December 30, 1982) 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 starred as Lana Lang. [ [http://cwtv.com/shows/smallville/cast/kristin-kreuk Kristin Kreuk cast bio on The CW] ; URL accessed November, 2006.]

Early life

Kreuk (pronEng|ˈkruːk) [ [http://www.loc.gov/nls/other/sayhow.html Pronunciations of Names of Public Figures: NLS (Library of Congress)] "Loc.gov." Retrieved on May 8, 2006.] was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her father, Peter Kreuk, is of Dutch descent; her mother, Deanna Che, is of Chinese descent, but was born in Indonesia; her maternal grandmother was born in Jamaica of Chinese descent. [Citation |last=Braun |first=Liz |title=Up, up and away |url=http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=170555&x=articles&s=showbiz |publisher="Calgary Sun" |date=2007-01-31 |accessdate=2008-04-26] [ [http://www.kristinkreukespana.com/videos/Etalk5Questions.wmv E Talk Daily, 58 seconds into referenced clip (Aired Tuesday January 30, 2007 on CTV)] ; URL accessed February, 2007.] Both parents are landscape architects. She has a sister named Justine, who is about five years younger. Kreuk trained in gymnastics at the national level until high school but quit in grade 11 due to scoliosis. She attended Edith Cavell Elementary School and 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.

Career

Television

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 titled "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, 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.fact|date=October 2007

In 2003, Kreuk wrapped up her role on "Edgemont". 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.

Modeling

The executives at Neutrogena made 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 and Mandy Moore. In 2005, she renewed her contract with Neutrogena for another two years, making her the company's longest-serving model spokesperson. [ [http://www.partitionthemovie.ca/images/press/Partition_English_PressKit.pdf Kristin Kreuk bio on "Partition" web site (PDF format)] ]

Films

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 plays Naseem, a vulnerable seventeen-year-old whose world is shattered by the trauma of the Partition of India in 1947, but 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 film was released to Canadian theaters on February 2, 2007, with a subsequent Region 1 (US and Canada) DVD release on June 26, 2007.

In the summer of 2006, a short film called the "Dream Princess" by comic book writer and artist Kaare Andrews was made, where Kreuk plays The Princess. The film is a modern sci-punk retelling of the tale of "Sleeping Beauty", with a twist. It is due to be released in 2007 in Canada. [cite web
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title = Dream Princess (2006)
author = Bravo!Fact
publisher = CTVglobemedia
]

Kreuk and her friend Kendra Voth joined together and created the "Girls By Design" project. [cite web
url = http://www.girlsbydesign.com/
title = Girls by Design
] Kreuk recently signed onto the upcoming film "", in which she will play Chun Li.Citation |last= |first= |title= Kristin Kreuk is Chun-Li in Street Fighter! |url=http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=40381 |publisher="ComingSoon.net" |date=2007-12-21 |accessdate=2007-12-21]

Filmography

References

External links

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* [http://cwtv.com/shows/smallville/cast/kristin-kreuk Kristin Kreuk cast bio on The CW]
* [http://www.filmbug.com/db/342598 Kristin Kreuk's biography on filmbug]
* [http://tviv.org/wiki/Kristin_Kreuk Kristin Kreuk] at TV IV
* [http://www.edgemont.tv/ Official "Edgemont" site] Smallville CastPersondata
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SHORT DESCRIPTION=Canadian actress
DATE OF BIRTH=December 30, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH=Vancouver, British Columbia.
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