Perhaps, most of you know Kara Zor-El, Clark Kent’s ‘super’ cousin in the hit series Smallville. After working on numerous Canadian TV shows, the blonde chick Laura Vandervoort managed to nab the coveted role of Supergirl, beating thousands of aspiring actresses on Smallville. While there is a little doubt that her fabulous body has played a significant part in winning the role, there is more to her than what meets the eye.
Born on September 22, 1984 in Toronto, Canada, Laura Dianne Vandervoort has been an active athlete since she was a kid. Vandervoort’s passion for various sports such as tennis, basketball and baseball quickly earned her a reputation as the tough tomboy. She even earned her second-degree black belt at the age of 16.
With her very active childhood, it seemed sure to her family that she would pursue a career related to sports of some sort. However, through the years, her interest in acting started to replace her passion for sports. Soon, she was speaking of her intention of pursuing work in the entertainment industry.
Laura Vandervoort took the first step toward attaining her dreams by taking acting workshops in her native Toronto. She subsequently began to try auditions for various local shot plays and TV shows. After doing background work for several Canadian shows such as ‘Harriet the Spy’ and ‘Road to Avonlea’, she got her first feature role in the Canadian kiddie series ‘Goosebumps’.
After her appearance in ‘Goosebumps’, she got even deeper into the acting scene. She followed it up with guest appearances on shows like ‘Twice in a Lifetime’ and ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’. Vandervoort also made her film debut in the Disney Channel movie ‘Alley Cats Strike’.
Laura Vandervoort’s booming acting career led her to roles on different Canadian TV projects including ‘Mutant X’ and TV film ‘Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story’. Shortly, she was invited for an open casting call on the new program ‘Instant Star’. Instant Star was her biggest break as the show became an instant hit among young viewers.
Her reputation also got better in the industry, making it easier for her to penetrate high-profile roles during audition. In 2007, she appeared on a ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ episode entitled ‘Big Shot’. Several TV appearances led her into the doors of the CW network.
After CW announced an open casting for the role of Supergirl, she knew instantly that she was the best person for the role. Her wholesome pretty looks, along with her boyish background and martial arts skills won her the role. She debuted on the first episode of ‘Smallville Season 7’ and she became the focus of the entire season.
Following Smallville, Laura Vandervoort got a lead role for the film ‘Into the Blue 2: The Reef’, a sequel of the feature film ‘Into the Blue’ starring Jessica Alba. Subsequently, she directly filmed several movie projects including an independent production ‘The Jazzman’, TV-movie ‘Out of Control’ and ‘Damage’. Since Damage, Vandervoort shot a sci-fi miniseries ‘Riverworld’.
While filming ‘Riverworld’, she got a regular role for another TV series entitled ‘V’, where she plays a ‘visitor’ from another planet. Currently, Laura Vandervoort is busy with a number of movie projects and TV roles. She starred in the films ‘Desperately Seeking Santa’, ‘Bring the Night’, ‘The Entitled’, ‘This Means War’ and ‘Ted’.