Kristanna Loken

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Kristanna Loken
Loken at the Big Apple Convention in 2011
Born (1979-10-08) October 8, 1979 (age 35)
Ghent, New York, U.S.A
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1994–present

Kristanna Sommer Loken (born October 8, 1979) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles in the films Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), BloodRayne (2005) and Bounty Killer (2013) and on the TV series Painkiller Jane (2007), The L Word (2007–2008) and Burn Notice (2011–2012).

Early life[edit]

Loken was born in Ghent, New York, the daughter of Rande (née Porath), a model, and Merlin "Chris" Loken, a writer and apple farmer.[1][2] She is of German and Norwegian ancestry.[3] Her parents were from Wisconsin.[4][5][6] She grew up on her parents' fruit farm in Upstate New York.


After her mother encouraged her to become a model,[7] Loken participated at the 1994 Elite Model Look in which she placed 3rd runner-up.[8] Loken started her acting career in 1994 as the third actress to play Danielle 'Dani' Andropoulos on an episode of As the World Turns.[9] She later appeared in several television shows and films, including regular appearances on the television shows Philly, Unhappily Ever After and Boy Meets World.

In 1998 she starred in Mortal Kombat: Conquest as Taja. She is probably best known for her performance as the cyborg T-X (Terminatrix) in the 2003 movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.[10] In 2004, she appeared in a German television movie, Die Nibelungen (also known as "Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King" or "Sword of Xanten"), which aired as a 2-part mini-series and set a ratings record. She starred as the leading character in the 2006 film version of the video game BloodRayne, and appeared in director Uwe Boll's film version of the video game Dungeon Siege, called In the Name of the King.

She appeared in 10 episodes of the fourth season of The L Word, which debuted in January 2007. Additionally, she starred as the title character in the Sci-Fi Channel's series Painkiller Jane which aired from April to September 2007. In December 2011, Loken appeared in the fifth-season finale of the USA Network TV series Burn Notice as CIA agent Rebecca Lang, and would reprise that role in three sixth-season episodes during mid-2012.

In 2014, she starred in the action movie Mercenaries, alongside Cynthia Rothrock, Brigitte Nielsen, Vivica A. Fox, Zoë Bell and Nicole Bilderback.

Personal life[edit]

Loken has a sister named Tanya.[11] She stated in an interview with Curve magazine: "I have dated and have had sex with men and women, and have to say that the relationships I have had with certain women have been much more fulfilling, sexually and emotionally, than of those with certain men... I connect with an aura, with energy. And if the person with whom I connect happens to be a female, that's just the way it is. That's what makes my wheels turn."[12]

In November 2006, Loken's comments to The Advocate were widely interpreted and reported by the media as an admission that she was in a relationship with her Bloodrayne co-star Michelle Rodriguez, though the relationship was never officially confirmed by either actress.[13][14] On January 17, 2008, Loken announced on her website that she had become engaged to her Painkiller Jane co-star Noah Danby. The couple were married at her family's farm on May 10, 2008.[15] In an interview published on November 16, 2009, she announced that she had separated from Danby and was dating a woman.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Academy Boyz Linda Baker
2001 Gangland Angie
2002 Air Panic Josie
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines T-X
2004 Worn Like a Tattoo Mary's Mother Short film
2004 Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Queen Brunhild
2006 BloodRayne Rayne
2006 Lime Salted Love Zepher Genesee Executive producer
2007 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Elora
2009 Darfur Malin Lausberg Associate producer
2010 Ties That Bind Hope Webster
2011 Dangerously Close Mrs. Linedrow Short
2011 S.W.A.T.: Firefight Rose Walker
2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Hottessa
2013 Bounty Killer Catherine
2013 Dark Power Mila Driver
2013 Fighting for Freedom Karen Producer
2014 Black Rose Emily Smith
2013 Hunting the Phantom Rush
2013 Mrs. Sweeney Associate producer
Short film
2014 Mercenaries Kat Morgan


Year Title Role Notes
1994 As the World Turns Danielle Andropoulos No. 3
1995 New York Undercover Rena Episode: "Young, Beautiful and Dead"
1996 Law & Order Sonya Dubrow Episode: "Savior"
1996 Aliens in the Family Tiffany Kindall
1996–1997 Unhappily Ever After Sable O'Brien 8 episodes
1996–1998 Boy Meets World Jennifer Bassett 2 episodes
1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Penny Barnes Episode: "AKA Superman"
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Malia Episode: "Favorite Son"
1997 Just Shoot Me! Kristanna Episode: "In Your Dreams"
1997–1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Janine Kelly 11 episodes
1998–1999 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Taja 22 episodes
1999 Sliders Catherine Clark Episode: "Revelations"
1999 Pacific Blue Officer Claire Keene 2 episodes
2000 D.C. Sarah Logan 7 episodes
2001–2002 Philly A.D.A. Lisa Walensky 8 episodes
2007 Painkiller Jane Jane Vasco 22 episodes
2007–2008 The L Word Paige Sobel 10 episodes
2010 ACME Saturday Night Herself Guest host
2011–2012 Burn Notice Rebecca Lang 4 episodes
2012 Key and Peele Red Falcon 1 episode
2012 The Eric Andre Show Herself Episode: "Russell Brand"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Battlestar Galactica Iphigenia / Lethe
2003 Terminator 3: Redemption T-X
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines T-X

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Results
2004 Worn Like a Tattoo Short Film Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2004 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines MTV Movie Award Sexiest She-Villain Nominated
2004 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2004 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Saturn Award Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Nominated
2008 Lime Salted Love Feature Film Award Best Supporting Actress Won


  1. ^ "Kristanna Loken". Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kristanna Loken Biography (1979–)". Film Reference. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Spelling, Ian (March 20, 2006). "Kristanna Loken and Benno Furmann lord it over an ancient myth in the epic Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King". Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Tim Nisson (March 1, 2006). "Baring it all: BloodRayne star Kristanna Loken comes out and tells Curve why women love her-and why she loves us back.". Curve. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ VG Interview Kristanna Loken – The Terminator Files
  6. ^ Kristanna Loken, Benno Furmann, Uli Edel | Interviews | SCI FI Weekly
  7. ^ "Kristanna Loken: Fashion Model: Profile with photos, biography and more". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Look of the Year: 2002-2001". Elite Model Look. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  9. ^, Who's who in Oakdale?, Danielle Andropolus. Retrieved on February 15, 2008.
  10. ^ D. Hagberg, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 2003, p.56
  11. ^ "Pink's Lip Stick". The Daily Mirror. October 13, 2003. Retrieved October 7, 2007. 
  12. ^ Nasson, Tim. "Kristanna Loken Headlines Dyke-Friendly New Film, BloodRayne". Curve. Retrieved July 28, 2006. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Kort, Michele (November 15, 2006). "Michelle & Kristanna in love!". The Advocate (PlanetOut Inc.). Retrieved February 4, 2007. 
  15. ^ Martinez, Yesenia (June 22, 2008). "Kristanna & Noah Wed!". Archived at Internet Archive.
  16. ^ Kriegh, LeeAnn (November 16, 2009). "Exclusive Interview: Catching Up with Kristanna Loken". After Ellen.

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