Kristin Laura Kreuk (born December 30, 1982 in Vancouver, BC) 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 stars as Clark Kent's star-crossed love Lana Lang.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; her maternal grandmother is Chinese-Jamaican.
Both parents are landscape architects. Kristin has a sister who is about five years younger. Kristin trained in gymnastics at the national level until high school but quit in grade 11 due to scoliosis. She attended 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.
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.