Kristin Kreuk faces a new ‘Bur­den of Truth’

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - The Comics - BY JAY BOB­BIN

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.

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