American actress and former fashion model Kristanna Loken was born on October 8, 1979 in Ghent, New York. Part-Norweigan and –German, she made her acting debut in 1994, when she played minor character Danielle Andropoulos in the daytime soap As the World Turns. She then made appearances in shows such as Law & Order, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Boy Meets World and Just Shoot Me! before making her film debut in 1997’s Academy Boyz. She also appeared as a guest on Sliders and Pacific Blue before getting her first regular television role, in the teen action series Mortal Kombat: Conquest.
After a recurring role in the drama series Philly, she gained wide recognition when she joined the cast of the 2003 action film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. She played the main antagonist, the T-X, a Terminator designed not just to kill humans but also rogue Terminators. She can assume the appearance of other characters and carry weapons internally. She then appeared on the dramatic short Worn Like a Tattoo, and in the films BloodRayne and Lime Salted Love.
Loken returned to television screens in 2007, as the lead character in the television series Painkiller Jane. Adapted from the comic book character of the same name, her character is a drug enforcement agent who can recuperate any injury she inflicts, although she feels the pains of her injury before they heal. The series lasted an entire season before being cancelled. Her most recent appearance was as a guest star in ten episodes of the Showtime drama The L Word, where she plays bisexual woman Paige Sobel, who starts a relationship with one of the main characters, Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig). She also starred in the fantasy film In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.