Kristin Kreuk is so cute, so spunky, so dedicated, that doing this film… well I’ll save my judgment for her role in this film later. All I need to say is that she really brought something refreshing to this film. Although many people know her as the young, pretty girl from the TV show “Smallville” she is beginning to make her film breakthough and is using Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li as her bridge. Personally I can’t wait to see more of her. She’s young and really has a lot of talent that in the right hands could go far.
Check out our somewhat short interview with Kristin below…
Are you a gamer at all?
Kristin: I’ve never been a gamer, but I’ve seen a lot of Street Fighter. It was really popular when I was in late elementary school into high school, so I’m very familiar with it. I’ve seen a lot of people play it.
Your character is a bit more pear-shaped in the game, don’t you think?
Kristin: You’d say she’s pear-shaped? I’d say she’s hour-glass shaped. She has ginormo thighs. I don’t have ginormo thighs.
How seriously do you take a film like this, so that you can still be earnest with your character?
Kristin: I think it’s really important, at least in this story, to be earnest with the characters because you want people to relate to them while they go through the movie. I think it’s really important that the fighting is really good, but you want to be able to root for the individual, and that means that the character has got to be relatable, in some way. And, if they’re really over-the-top, it’s harder to relate to them, in this style of a movie. If it was something else, I think it would be different.
Can you talk about the emotional journey that your character goes through?
Kristin: She starts off, in the movie, very young and she loses both of her parents. She loses her mom around 20 years old, and becomes very angry and wants to go and get revenge on the guy who took her father, when she was just a young girl. And then, she ends up on this spiritual path, where she seeks out a master, and she learns to let go of her attachments so that she can see a greater good because her attachments are blinding her sight. That way, she can go out and actually fight for something, and understand what it is she’s fighting for.
Did your work on Smallville help you with this at all? You did wire work on “Smallville,” didn’t you?
Kristin: Yeah, but only minor, and I only had seven hours to really practice that stuff on “Smallville,” which is nothing. Five weeks even felt like nothing, for what we did. Doing wires well, isn’t easy. I think that all the hand-to-hand stuff is challenging as well, but to make the wire work look good and natural, it’s a whole different way of figuring out how to make your body move. So, I learned so much on this, and I only got bits and pieces of on “Smallville.” Normally, with ”Smallville,” I would get the choreography and they’d be like, “Okay, action!” There was no time. It was just like, “Okay, here I go!” And, it was somewhat different on this.
Can you talk about working with Robin Shou? How helpful was he with your training?
Kristin: I don’t think we talked about anything to do with fighting, but Robin and I had a lot of fun. He’s the one I spent the most time with on set. I felt like we were two little kids. I don’t know how old Robin is (he’s 48), but he’s older than I am, and I felt like we were both 7 years old, goofing around together. I had a really good time with him. He’s great!
Were there any injuries during training or filming?
Kristin: Nothing serious, I don’t think. I got punched and thrown into a couple of things, and I had a sore jaw, but it was nothing that was lasting and permanent, that I know of.
You filmed this film on location, was Bangkok what you thought it would be, and were there any surprises?
Kristin: I knew Bangkok would be busy. That’s all I knew, going into the city. What was a surprise for me was the size of the malls. Bangkok’s malls are so big and elaborate. And, there were movie theaters I went to where I was like, “Woah! This place is crazy!” The malls there are insane. The food there is amazing. I expected the food to be amazing, and I thought it was really good.
What kind of film scripts had you been looking at? Was action something you wanted to get into?
Kristin: It probably is not the genre that I was really going, “That’s what I want to do!” But, it made a lot of sense for me, and where I’m at in my career. Coming out of Smallville, it was a really good move for me to take on a character who was very pro-active. That’s something that I wanted to do. I want to help empower young women, and I thought this was a really great role to do that with.
What’s next for you?
Kristin: I’m building a company for teen girls, called Girls by Design, which is an online social network and content creation site. That’s been my focus. I’ve got a weekend retreat coming up in March, down here in L.A., so I’ve been prepping for that.
What is the site for?
Kristin: It’s not about giving advice. We’re in the process of building beta right now, so what we have out there isn’t what the site will be. But, it’s project-oriented, and it encourages teen girls to go out in the world and create, and then come back together and share those experiences.
When did you make your hair shorter?
Kristin: Months ago. We did some extensions on “Smallville”. But, when I left “Smallville,” I was like, “I’m cutting my God damned hair, god dammit!”
The movie is in theaters this Friday, February 27th.