Kristanna Loken (PainKiller Jane) Interview

Born in Ghent, New York, in 1979, Kristanna began modeling at age 15, encouraged by her model-mother Rande. Her father Chris owns an apple farm in upstate New York, and also writes novels and screenplays. She’s been in a slew of movies covering nearly every genre, however, it’s clear that sci-fi loves her best. Her film roster includes Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, BloodRayne, Ring of the Nibelungs, Lime Salted Love, and the yet-to-be-released In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. She’s also the star as Painkiller Jane in SCI FI Channel’s new series, and she has appeared in guest roles on Star Trek: Voyager, Lois & Clark, Sliders, and The L Word. She was also ranked #3 on Maxim’s annual Hot 100 List in 2003.


Q1 – I’ve read that you worked 20-hours daily for T-3 to include physical training for the ‘birthing’ scene. Are you doing as much physical training for Painkiller Jane?
 A -Since I’m working about 15 hours per day on set, it’s hard to find time for anything personal, even if it’s brief.  However, the only time I ever find to do any working out is on the stationary bike while I’m learning dialogue.
 Q2 – You also took mime classes for T3. Is that helping with PKJ as well? Are there any other special talents you are having to learn for this new role?

A -The speed at which we are shooting the show is mind-blowing.  Coupled with the hours, it’s really the most challenging job I’ve ever taken on, along with the overall length of the production (8 months in total).  You have to learn to work at a very fast and efficient pace.

Q3 – You’ve had quite a few guest appearances on some big shows, including ‘Law & Order’, ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’, ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, ‘Boy Meets World’, ‘Sliders’, and most recently a 10-episode run on ‘The L Word’. Aside from the amount of time spent on each, what is the biggest different between all the TV guest roles and PKJ?

A – Each role is new and different from all the others.  Each character is a new journey.

Q4 – Had you read any of the PKJ comics before you were offered the role?

A – It was actually upon reading the comic book that I was convinced to take on the job.

Q5 – Is the TV series staying true to the comics, or is it straying slightly?

A – The TV series is an adaptation from the comic book. 

Q6 – Apart from success, what are your hopes for the show? Do you want a strong fan-base most, or do you want the show to receive a lot of media attention most??

A – When you put out your artwork in any form, you never know for certain where your fan base or the acclaim you get is going to come from, so you’re just happy to receive it from whoever enjoys it.

Q7 – Couple of decent Sci Fi genre projects on your resume. Are you a fan of the Sci Fi genre yourself?

A – I’m not really a Sci Fi fan, per say, but I do appreciate the fantasy aspect of the creation process.  It really frees you to not have to conform to any realistic guidelines.

Q8 – Did you see the PKJ TV-Movie back in 2005? Were you surprised when Sci Fi announced a TV series, or was it expected? Did you ever think “yeah, I could do that!” when you were watching the TV-Movie, or did you not think about it until you were actually offered the role?

A – I didn’t see the other Painkiller Jane

Q10 – Can you give us the inside scoop into the storylines of some of the episodes?

A – The writers have come up with very interesting ways to portray the Neuros and how we must go undercover to capture them.  They have also created some very interesting through lines throughout the 22 episode arc of the first season.

Q11 – How is shooting going so far? Any funny, or peculiar, stories you would like to share with us?

A – Jimmy Palmiotti has written one of the episodes and was in Vancouver to baby-sit the script during shooting.  His presence is always welcome on set.  He is full of positive energy and excitement and good ideas.

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