Kristen Kreuk has gone from sappy sweetie Lana Lang on Smallville to the ass-kicking bad-ass title role in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Sporting a new do to accompany her new tude at Spike’s Video Game Awards yesterday, Kristen gave us the exclusive dirt on her new role, and why she will not disappoint her Smallville fans.
Will you be popping up on Smallville anymore this season?I will. I have four more episodes that will air starting January 15th.Anything you can share with us?Lana is coming back after being away for a long time. The audience gets to find out what happened to her, what occurred during that time period. She’s very different when she comes back. Then she gets a beautiful send-off. She’s been a victim for so long, so she gets a beautiful send-off as a hero that her fans will really, really like.Is this the last season of Smallville?I don’t know. It depends on whatever goes on between Tom Welling and the powers that be. If there is another season, I won’t be there – that is all I know! Tell us about Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.It’s the origin story of Chun-Li, what happens in her childhood and through her young adult years that causes her to become the fighter that she is. It’s kind of a spiritual journey in a lot of ways. A traditional kung-fu story where I’m very angry and going to go get revenge, but I find a master who teaches me to overcome my emotions so I can see the greater good, then become a stronger fighter because internally you have a greater strength.Do you have a martial arts background?A bit. I have a purple belt in karate, which I took between 5th grade and 10th grade. I also have a competitive gymnastics background. So all of that helps out. I did do five weeks of training for the film. I would have loved to have done more. I had such a good time.Did you do a lot of your own stunts?I did a bunch of stunts. I also had three stunt doubles – one of which was a man. Between all four of us, we covered it.