Kristin Kreuk

Active - 2002 - 2014  |   Born - Dec 30, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  |   Genres - Drama, Fantasy

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Best known for her portrayal of Lana Lang, high-school sweetheart of Clark Kent, on the popular WB series Smallville, Vancouver-born Kristin Kreuk first pursued a formal acting career at the behest of her high-school drama teacher. The daughter of two landscape architects -- a Dutch father and an Indonesian mother -- Kreuk's mixed ethnicity made her attractive in a highly distinct way. In 1999, Kreuk (then 17) auditioned for a teen-oriented Canadian drama series, Edgemont; she segued from this into twin roles -- the lead in Snow White: The Fairest of Them All and the Lana Lang portrayal -- the following year. She also played Tenar in the cable miniseries adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea and Fiona in the frat-boy comedy Eurotrip.

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  • Father is Dutch and mother is Chinese-Indonesian.
  • Studied karate for five years.
  • Landed a role in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont when her high-school drama teacher suggested she respond to a casting call.
  • Simultaneously worked on Edgemont and Smallville, both of which filmed in her hometown of Vancouver.
  • Became a spokeswoman for Neutrogena in 2002.
  • Cocreated a social-networking Web site called GirlsByDesign.com, which helps teenage girls collaborate on projects and build self-esteem.