Kreuk planned to study 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 Asian girl to play the part of a Chinese Canadian, Laurel Yeung, on show, which was shot in Vancouver. 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, which she won.
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 cast of a show they had created for the WB Network entitled Smallville. The series, which was slated to be shot in Vancouver, revolves around the life of teenager Clark Kent before he becomes Superman. Gough and Millar called Kreuk to WB's studios in Burbank, California to audition for the role of Clark Kent's first love, Lana Lang. After seven seasons, Kreuk left Smallville in the beginning of 2008, when her character leaves town. She returned as a guest star in the show's eighth season for five episodes to conclude her storyline.
In 2010, she portrayed Ben Hur's sister Tirzah in the TV movie Ben Hur, which aired in Canada.
Neutrogena made her the spokesmodel for their new worldwide advertising campaign; in this role 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.
In early 2005, Kreuk signed on to the independent feature film Partition. She plays Naseem, a vulnerable seventeen-year-old whose world is shattered by the trauma of the Partition of India in 1947; she falls in love with ex-British Indian Army officer Gian Singh (played by Jimi Mistry). Neve Campbell also stars. The film is directed by Vic Sarin and is a co-production between Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The film was released to Canadian theaters on February 2, 2007, with a subsequent Region 1 (US and Canada) DVD release on June 26, 2007.
Kreuk starred in the 2009 film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, in which she played the title character, Chun Li. The film received generally negative reviews.
In early 2010, Kreuk signed onto the Japanese horror film Vampire. In 2010, Kreuk also starred in the music video "I Heard" by musician "Hill".
Along with Smallville co-star Allison Mack, Kreuk is the executive producer of a short film starring Mark Hildreth called Blink.
Kreuk will star as Heather in the 2011 film, Ecstasy, based on Irvine Welsh's novel.
Along with her friend Kendra Voth, Kreuk established "Girls By Design," a project to empower teenage girls through creative and educational endeavors. Kreuk with Rosena Bhura, of who Kreuk met on the set of Partition, and Allison Mack started a production company called Parvati Creative Inc, which focuses on “human-centric films as seen through a female lens”.
Kreuk is an active member of Team Power Smart, an organization dedicated to promoting energy conservation, and a member of the American Red Cross.
Kreuk resides in her hometown Vancouver with her French bulldog Dublin. On her blog on the Girls By Design website, she stated that she doesn't eat meat.
According to IMDb and Just Jared, Kreuk is currently in a relationship with Vancouver-born actor/musician Mark Hildreth.
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