Spotlight on: Kristin Kreuk
Kristin Laura Kreuk (born December 30, 1982)
is an actress and producer, knownfor her portrayal
of LanaLang in the American television series Smallville.
She was also a regular cast member on the Canadian
teen drama Edgemont,and has starred in movies such
as Eurotrip and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
Kreuk 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;
and her maternal grandmother was
born in Jamaica ofChinese descent.
Both parents are landscapearchitects.
She has a sister named Justine,
who is about five years younger.
Kreuk trained in karate and gymnastics atthe national level
until highschool but quit in Grade 11 due to scoliosis.
Kreuk planned tostudy psychology, environmentalscience,
orforensic science at Simon Fraser University, when
a casting director for the CBC TV series Edgemont
cast her in the role of Laurel Yeung, on theshow.
Aftershooting the first season of Edgemont
(a teenage soap opera set at aVancouver-area
high school) and getting herselfan agent, Kreuk
landed the lead role of SnowWhite in a TV
movie titled Snow White: The Fairest of Them All.
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 castof a show
they had created for theWBNetwork entitled Smallville.
The series, which was slated to be shot in Vancouver ,
revolves around the life ofteenager Clark Kent
before he becomes Superman.
Gough and Millar called Kreuk to WB's studios
in Burbank, California toaudition for the role
of Clark Kent's first love, Lana Lang.
After seven seasons, Kreuk left Smallville in the
beginning of 2008, when hercharacter leaves town.
She returned as a guest star in the show's eighth
season for five episodes to conclude her storyline.