She was the female lead in popular TV series Smallville, and has also featured in movies such as Eurotrip and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. But Canadian actor Kristin Kreuk can’t stop raving about her love for India. “I love India because it’s vibrant. There are so many different types of people, religion, food and spices. I like how people are expressive and so passionate here,” says the 30-year-old, who starred in the 2007 flick, Partition, along with actors Irrfan, Arya Babbar and Lushin Dubey.
“We were in Mumbai, It was all pre-Slumdog (Millionaire) time, and on my birthday, we went to the red light district just to see what it was like. It stands right in the middle of Mumbai, which is a huge city. After watching the movie (Slumdog), I was reminded of my trip,” she reminisces. Kreuk also took fancy to Bollywood films. “When we were preparing for Partition, my friend and I watched Bollywood movies all the time. I remember watching Devdas and several others, all were three and a half hours long and were epic films. Even if they are not translated, one can easily understand them because they are so extreme,” says the actor, who is currently bagging kudos for her role in the TV series, Beauty and the Beast, that airs on BIG CBS LOVE here.
Kreuk plays Catherine Chandler, an NYPD (New York City Police Department) detective on the show that “intends to look at the beauty as well as the beast in each one of us.” “The theme is love and it explores how a relation is built over time despite difficulties,” says the actor, who took to her role like fish to water. “Being a purple belt in Karate and a competitive gymnast, I had the skills already needed for the role,” she adds.