Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber High School. Although she did some stage work in school, she focused more on her studies. She described herself as shy and boring.
The very next year, she became a superstar on Smallville. Her good looks and easygoing sophistication kept her in demand, and somehow Kreuk managed to film both shows simultaneously, until 2005 when Edgemont ended. She continued to star in Smallville until 2009, when Kreuk decided that she was interested in moving on to new projects after eight seasons of portraying character Lana Lang. Since then, she's starred as the title character in the video-game adaptation Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and made guest appearances on the NBC series Chuck.
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.