Kristin Laura Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on December 30, 1982 to Peter Kreuk and Deanna Che; both landscape architects. Her mother is of Chinese descent, but was born in Indonesia; her father is of Dutch descent; and her maternal grandmother was Chinese Jamaican. Kristin, also has a younger sister, Justine Kreuk.
Kristin is trained in Karate (in which she has a purple belt) and was at national level until high school for gymnastics, however she quit in the 11th grade due to scoliosis. Kristin was planning to study forensic science or psychology at Simon Fraser University, but she was completely taken aback when a casting director for the CBC television series, Edgemont, contacted her at her secondary school.
After having filmed the first season of Edgemont and getting herself an agent, Kristin had landed the lead role of Snow White in the TV movie, Snow White: The Fairest of Them All. The TV movie had filmed in Vancouver, had also starred Miranda Richardson as the Queen Elspeth, Snow White’s evil stepmother and was directed by Caroline Thompson. ABC had aired the TV movie and later released it on DVD in 2002. In mid-2004, Kristin was asked to portray the role of Tenar for the Sci-Fi channel two part miniseries, Legend of Earthsea. This miniseries was also filmed in Vancouver and was directed by Rob Lieberman; and later was broadcasted on December 13, 2004.
After doing Snow White: The Fairest of Them All, Kristin’s agent sent an audition tape to the screenwriters Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who at the time were putting together the cast for the WB Network’s new series Smallville. The screenwriters had called Kristin to the WB studios in Burbank, California to audition for the role of Lana Lang. Kristin landed the role of Lana Lang, making her the first one to be casted for the show. Kristin, for a while, was pulling double duty, starring in both Edgemont and Smallville, which was made easier to do since both series filmed in Vancouver. Although, her role in Edgemont slightly diminished over time; Edgemont ended its run in 2005. Kristin left Smallville series after seven seasons at the beginning of 2008, in which her character Lana Lang leaves town. She did make a five episode appearance to conclude her storyline in Smallville during the show’s eighth season.
In 2009, Kristin was casted as Hannah, for a multi-episode arc in the third season of NBC’s show Chuck. In 2010, Kristin landed the role of Ben Hur’s sister Tirzah in the TV movie Ben Hur. Ben Hur first aired in Canada and later aired on ABC in the United States.
Kristin was involved with two pilots that were not picked up: an NBC sitcom entitled Hitched and a 2011 CBS drama entitled 17th Precinct.
In February 2012, Kristin was announced as the lead female character Catherine Chandler in The CW’s reboot of Beauty & the Beast; in which CW picked up on May 11, 2012 and started airing in Fall 2012.
Kristin, had followed in the footsteps of fellow actress, when Neutrogena had made her the spokesmodel for their new worldwide advertising campaign. In 2005, she had renewed her contract with Neutrogena for another two years, which made her the company’s longest serving model spokesperson.
In 2004, Kristin appeared in the comedy film EuroTrip as Fiona, the unfaithful girlfriend of the protagonist, Scotty.
Kristin in early 2005, had signed onto the 2007 Canadian independent film Partition, playing the female lead role of Naseem Khan; a vulnerable 17 year old whose world is shattered by the trauma of the Partition of India in 1947; her character also falls in love with an ex-British Indian Army officer. The summer of 2006, Kristin starred in a short filmed, Dream Princess. Dream Princess is a modern sci-punk retelling of the tale Sleeping Beauty, with a twist. In 2009, Kristin landed the lead role of Chun Li in the film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Kristin was considered for the 2008 film Get Smart, reportedly lost the role to Anne Hathaway. She also tested for the 2011 film Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, with the role going to Paula Patton.
Early 2010, Kristin signed onto the Japanese horror film Vampire. Also, in 2010, Kristin starred in the music video I Heard by musician Hill Zaini.
Kristin was casted as the lead female role as Heather Thompson in the 2011 film Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy. In 2012, Kristin starred in the sci-fi comedy film Space Milkshake, as Tilda. Along with starring in Space Milkshake, Kristin was also an executive producer of the film.
Kristin, with Rosena Bhura, whom she met on the set of Partition, started a production company called Parvati Creative Inc., which focuses on human-centric films as seen through a female lens. The company’s first production was a short filming starring Mark Hildreth called Blink, which Kristin was also an executive producer. The second project for the company was a comedy web series entitled Queenie which featured Kristin’s friend Olivia Cheng.