Kristin Kreuk faces a new ‘Burden of Truth’
Kristin Kreuk knows the burden of solid storytelling can get greater as a series continues.
The “Smallville” and “Beauty and the Beast” veteran is an executive producer as well as the star of the law drama “Burden of Truth,” starting its second-season U.S. run Sunday, June 2, on The CW after already having aired in its (and her) native Canada. The show was conceived around a toxic-waste-caused illness affecting young women in the hometown of Kreuk’s character, attorney Joanna Hanley, but a new season means a new case.
“When we went in to pitch the show,” Kreuk says, “Brad Simpson – who created it – already had a sense of what the second season would be about and look like. Joanna moves to Winnipeg, and her client is a young hacker who’s an activist for good. I think that part was a bit more challenging for the writing team, to come up with a case that could tie back in throughout the season.”
Still, Kreuk feels the new story reflects a major “Burden of Truth” theme, which she terms “intergenerational trauma. All of the characters are dealing with the mistakes their parents made, or with the way they were raised, or with the way society has treated them. We get to push the characters into challenges regarding who they are, so that they can become less tied to that trauma. And that gives us a backbone for the show.”
While Joanna has relocated, her friend and recent colleague Billy (played by “Rookie Blue” alum Peter Mooney) remains in the town of Millwood, dealing with fallout from the first-season case – but they won’t stay apart for long. With that said, the latest round of “Burden of Truth” largely explores Joanna as her own person.
“She wants to change, but it’s really hard to change,” reasons Kreuk. “I think for all of us, it’s really rare that we make giant leaps in our progress as individuals. The way she has functioned is through work, with the billable hour the most important thing to her ... and with no social life. For the first time, she is challenged to be a human being in her work, which is really hard for her. It forces her to push herself, which results in some humor that is nice to see.”
Canada’s CBC network has ordered a Season 3 of “Burden of Truth.” While also executive-producing a documentary about Indian “bandit queen” Phoolan Devi, Kreuk is gratified by fans’ acceptance of Joanna: “She’s unwilling to risk the pain of loss, so she doesn’t let herself love or be loved, and I get a lot of messages from people saying that they really feel that.”
Kristin Kreuk continues her “Burden of Truth” role as Season 2 begins Sunday on The CW.