Eye of the be­holder

Did star Kristin Kreuk au­di­tion for the 2017 Dis­ney film of the same name?

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By KEN­NETH CHAW en­ter­tain­[email protected] thes­tar. com. my

KRISTIN Kreuk is no stranger to por­tray­ing fairy tale char­ac­ters, what with her play­ing the fairest in all the land in the 2001 TV film Snow White, and her cur­rent lead role on the crime pro­ce­dural Beauty And The Beast ( BATB) which finds its roots in the clas­sic fairy tale.

It wouldn’t be en­tirely out of the ques­tion, then, for the brunette beauty with soft round eyes, best known for her role as Lana Lang in Smal­lville, to try out for Belle in the 2017 live- ac­tion Dis­ney film of the tale as old as time ( though the role has gone to Emma Wat­son).

“I didn’t know about it and prob­a­bly wouldn’t have au­di­tioned for it. They were prob­a­bly look­ing for an A- list movie star. I love Emma Wat­son. I think she’s a fan­tas­tic per­son from what I’ve seen ex­ter­nally. I think it’s a great choice. I’d love to see what they do with the show,” says the 32- year- old ac­tress dur­ing a phone in­ter­view with Star2 from New York City.

It’s just as well since she is busy work­ing on BATB which will be re­turn­ing tonight for a third sea­son and has been re­newed for a fourth sea­son.

BATB is a crime pro­ce­dural loosely based on the 1987 se­ries of the same name which thrives on the ro­mance be­tween crime- solv­ing duo New York Po­lice Depart­ment De­tec­tive Cather­ine Chan­dler ( Kreuk) and doc­tor­turned- su­per­sol­dier Vin­cent Keller ( Jay Ryan).

But it seems the uni­verse is con­spir­ing against the lovers. In the first sea­son, we saw the two keep­ing their re­la­tion­ship un­der wraps for the most part, with the beast­like Vin­cent of­ten go­ing into hid­ing. Last sea­son saw Vin­cent’s mem­ory com­pletely wiped out.

But in the Sea­son Three opener, these star- crossed lovers are fi­nally get­ting their hap­pily ever af­ter. Or so it seems ...

“This sea­son, she’s in a strange po­si­tion where Vin­cent and her are to­gether, and are happy. But she’s feel­ing like per­haps there’s some­thing more; they have a des­tiny that is be­yond them be­ing to­gether and be­ing in love. She’s in con­flict with Vin­cent, who just wants to be a doc­tor and lead a nor­mal life,” the Cana­dian shares.

The ac­tress adds she can iden­tify with what her char­ac­ter is feel­ing: “Cather­ine is ca­reer- ori­ented, strong and driven. But she strug­gles with bal­anc­ing her per­sonal life and ca­reer as a de­tec­tive and a beast hunter. I can re­late to that to a de­gree. I don’t feel like the tra­di­tional mark­ers of growth nec­es­sar­ily – you know, like get mar­ried, have kids – ap­ply to me.”

How­ever, with the show’s pri­mary an­tag­o­nist out of the pic­ture, what big­ger pur­poses does Cather­ine hope to serve? Fans will re­mem­ber that on last sea­son’s fi­nale, Vin­cent and Cather­ine learned there are still threats out there – peo­ple with su­per­hu­man abil­i­ties.

“The be­gin­ning of the sea­son is about fac­ing what turns out to be this su­per­power threat. They don’t seem to be beasts, but they seem to have power.

“So the big­ger ques­tion is where are these peo­ple com­ing from and who is con­trol­ling them? Or are they in­de­pen­dent en­ti­ties?” she teases.

Cather­ine may be all ex­cited to save the world, but it seems the cou­ple’s dif­fer­ences in pri­or­i­ties will drive a wedge be­tween them once more.

Then again, maybe not all is lost as Vin­cent and Cather­ine come across Home­land Se­cu­rity agents Bob ( Alan Van Sprang) and Carol ( Natasha Hen­stridge) and be­gin to look to them as their re­la­tion­ship men­tors.

“They look a lot like them. They’re pro­fes­sion­als who do a lot in the world and are still a cou­ple,” she says.

“When they start work­ing to­gether, they dis­cover a whole bunch of things about them that they didn’t know be­fore which be­comes a con­sid­er­ably im­por­tant as­pect of the third sea­son.”

Rat­ings for BATB have been tepid, although the show seems to be do­ing well on other plat­forms and among in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences.

Re­gard­less, Kreuk says she is just fo­cused on do­ing a good job: “As ac­tors, if you get caught up with rat­ings, that’s prob­lem­atic. I feel that’s more in the realm of the pro­duc­ers and writ­ers look­ing at how they can make the show more ap­peal­ing to a broader au­di­ence.”

Per­haps its new 13- episode for­mat will help shake things up. The ac­tress says she prefers the shorter sea­son, al­low­ing for a more thor­ough ex­plo­ration of the char­ac­ters.

“You don’t get caught in episodes where you’re like, ‘ what are we do­ing?’ Twenty- two is so many. It won’t change the struc­ture too much, it just means the story will move more quickly,” she as­serts.

It’s a good thing for Kreuk per­son­ally, too, as it gives her more time to pur­sue her other in­ter­ests. Kreuk, who will be given a pro­ducer credit in the fourth sea­son, hopes to shift gears and go into pro­duc­ing even­tu­ally. So far, she says she has been work­ing on churn­ing out ideas for TV shows and pitch­ing them.

And when she’s not do­ing that, she en­joys paint­ing, trav­el­ling, read­ing and en­rolling in cour­ses. Kreuk, who lives in Van­cou­ver, says she sel­dom at­tends events. (“I’m very in­tro­verted. It’s hard for me to do that.”)

The ac­tress has been in the in­dus­try for 15 years now and has been able to main­tain a scan­dal- free im­age all the while.

She of­fers: “I think I’m bor­ing. It’s not like I’m hid­ing some­thing. I’m hon­estly me, but what I do and how I am re­ally doesn’t lend to a lot of scan­dalous press. I pre­fer to watch doc­u­men­taries and hang out at home. That’s just the way that I am.”

s Kreuk has man­aged to man­tain a scan­dal- free im­age through­out her 15- year ca­reer. Good girl! 2 Will the star- crossed lovers Cather­ine ( Kreuk) and Vin­cent ( Ryan) fi­nally get their hap­pily ever af­ter? — Photos: CW Ryan and Kreuk at the 2013 Peo­ple’s Choice awards. was voted as the favourite new TV drama. — Reuters

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