Burden of Truth: Kristin Kreuk Talks Her Strong and Passionate Character


The riveting new series, Burden of Truth premieres Wednesday, January 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC. It follows Joanna, a big shot lawyer from the city who returns to her small hometown to help with an important environmental health case. Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast) stars as the straight-laced, power lawyer, Joanna. When a case of sick teenagers brings her home, she comes in contact with some people from her past, and she soon realizes that while she might be there to help this town and these kids, in some ways this town is going to help her.

The TV Junkies spoke with Kreuk about her tough and brilliant new character, her character’s relationship with former high school classmate Billy (Peter Mooney, Rookie Blue) and what we can look forward to in the series premiere. Burden of Truth, which was shot in Winnipeg, also stars Ben Ayres (Saving Hope) as Joanna’s co-worker and significant other Alan, Nicola Correia-Damude (Margarita), Meegwun Fairbrother (Mohawk Girls) and Star Slade.


The TV Junkies: What made you want to get involved in this project? What made you fall in love with it?

Kristin Kreuk: I got this project when it was in pitch form, and I really loved that it was a story that was so topical. It was about a small town where girls are affected by some mysterious thing, but it touched on environmentalism and patriarchy and abuses of power in communities and in families. I was really drawn to that, as well as to this character, who is really difficult and challenging and not like a sweet kind human being. I was looking forward to playing that.

TTVJ: Joanna comes from this town and she clearly has a long history with it. What will we learn about her past there?

KK: The show will run two main stories parallel: the case, which is what is going on with these girls, and what happened with Joanna’s past and what made her family leave so quickly when she was 14 years old. That mystery will unfold throughout the season and it will really affect Joanna on a deep personal level. It will force her to question everything she’s based her personality and her life on.

TTVJ: How will we see Joanna and Peter Mooney’s Billy interact this season?

KK: They are very different people but they compliment each other. From Joanna’s perspective, Billy really changes the way that she sees what lawyers are because he does things wrong. He goes by his heart, and he chooses things based on how he feels, and that doesn’t make any sense to her. For her to see someone so personally invested in something, that’s the opposite of everything she’s ever learned and it does have a profound effect on her.


TTVJ: How will it be for to be apart from Alan?

KK: They work together, their love in life is primarily work, work is everything to them. They get off on the job, they think it’s amazing. I imagine they spend time at home going over case files together. That is their lives, that’s what they do and that’s who they are. So when Joanna decides to stay [in town] that does put a strain on them and you’ll see it. Their dynamic is really fun to watch.

TTVJ: Aside from Joanna, which character are you most excited for people to learn more about this season?

KK: I think people are going to fall in love with Luna (Star Spade). I think the teenage girls are fantastic. We’ve got Anwen O’Driscoll, who plays Taylor, and Sara Thompson who plays Molly, Billy’s niece. These three are just the bee’s knees. They are wonderful actresses and I think that people will be tuned into the show because of what these women do. It’s kind of like Friday Night Lights in a way, where you get to follow these teenagers through their lives but far more female-centric.

TTVJ: What else can you preview us about the pilot episode?

KK: It kind of sets up what’s going on. It’s almost like a stand alone in that way. If we did our job right, which I think we did, you’ll meet this cast of characters who you’ll fall in love with and cry along with.


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Burden of Truth airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBC.