Does Kristin Kreuk do her own stunts in “Beauty and the Beast”?
—Angel Fox, Concord, N.H.
That would be a yes. Even though Kreuk, 29, is only 5-feet 4-inches tall, she does do as many of her own stunts as she is capable. It began with her role as Lana Lang on “Smallville,” continued when she made the movie “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li,” for which she studied acrobatics, wire work and wushu martial arts, and now continues with “Beauty and the Beast.”
Despite her small stature, her “Beauty and the Beast” producers say that the native of Vancouver, Canada, is mentally and physically strong, recalling a “Smallville” stunt in which she was dangled over a dam. But it also helps that she trained in karate and gymnastics while in school.
“Somewhere down the line someone figured out that I was good with stunts. Now, it just keeps happening,” she says. As for the role of Catherine, she adds, “I want to really challenge myself. Even with ‘Smallville,’ where we started and where we ended was, like, a huge shift. I think that we can do that and we can do it faster and better here, so I’m excited about that.”
Female empowerment is important to Kreuk, who with a friend created the Girls by Design organization for that purpose. It is also why she looks for strong female roles.
“I have always wanted to build female characters that are more true to our experience and represent something for younger women that they can actually aspire towards and that isn’t destructive to their projections of what their future life can be like,” she says.
“That was really important to me, and I felt [‘Beauty and the Beast’] offered that in a way that hadn’t been previously.”