Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kristin Kreuk on 'Weird Experience' of Making New CBC Series 'Burden of Truth'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kristin Kreuk on 'Weird Experience' of Making New CBC Series 'Burden of Truth'

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Kreuk on 'weird experience' of making 'Burden of Truth'

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CANNES, France - Viewers have watched former "Smallville" and "Beauty and the Beast" star Kristin Kreuk grow up on television.

The 35-year-old Vancouver-native has spent half her life in the spotlight. She was still a teenager when "Smallville" launched in 2001, making her an instant Comic-Con crush as Clark Kent's girlfriend Lana Lang. After a dozen years as a CW ingenue, she finally felt like the grown-up on the set while making CBC's "Burden of Truth," which premieres Wednesday.

Compounding that feeling is working opposite young actresses who were her age when she started out on "Smallville."

"To be around them, it feels like, 'Oh God, your entire life I've been on a set,'" says Kreuk during a press tour in Cannes, where the series was being shopped internationally.

"That's a weird experience for me to own."

These young actresses didn't grow up watching "Smallville," Kreuk points out, "because they would have been three!"

The new hour-long drama is about a big city lawyer who tackles a troubling case that brings her back in touch with her small-town roots. The series was shot in Selkirk, Man., about 70 kilometres outside of Winnipeg.

In a season-long storyline, Kreuk's character -- fast-rising corporate lawyer Joanna Hanley -- is dispatched to the prairie town of Millwood to quickly shut down a case against a giant pharmaceutical company. Young girls at the local high school have come down with a mysterious illness causing uncontrollable seizures. Hanley is there, essentially, to buy off the victims and their families.

The series was created by Brad Simpson, a story editor and writer who previously worked on "Rookie Blue" and the short-lived Toronto cop drama "King." It was developed at eOne "but it wasn't going anywhere," says seasoned executive producer Ilana Frank ("Saving Hope," "Rookie Blue"). …

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