Childhood & Early Life
Kristen Hager was born on January 2, 1984, in Red Lake, Ontario, to John Hager. She was raised along with her brother.
While she spent most of her childhood years in Red Lake, Ontario, she moved to several cities due to his father’s job.
Kristen completed her high school graduation from ‘Red Lake District High School’ in her hometown. She became interested in acting during her childhood, and aspired to become an actress during her late teens.
She enrolled at York University, Toronto, and finished her graduation in 2005. Following her graduation, she began auditioning for roles in films and television.
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She made her acting debut in 2005, playing a small role as ‘Morgan’ in the TV film ‘Recipe for a Perfect Christmas.’Later that year, she played ‘Skye’ in the American mini-series titled ‘Beach Girls.’ The series was an above average success, both critically and commercially.
In 2006, she played a supporting role as ‘Kylie’ in the American drama series ‘Runaway.’ However, the series received poor ratings and reviews and was cancelled after only 3 episodes. The series was on-air for about four weeks before it was cancelled, landing a huge blow to Kristen.
She appeared in a supporting role as ‘Ingrid’ in the mini-series titled ‘St. Urbain’s Horseman,’ in 2007.In the same year, she made her feature film debut, in ‘I’m Not There.’ The film starred big names, such as Christian Bale, Richard Gere and Heath Ledger. Although the film was a commercial failure, the performances were praised, and Kristen certainly benefitted from the film.
In the same year, she acted in the science fiction action thriller film ‘Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.’ She appeared as ‘Jesse Salinger’ in the film, which was a commercial success, but a critical failure.
In 2008, she appeared in guest roles in series’ such as ‘The Dresden Files’ and ‘Sophie,’ followed by a supporting role in the television film ‘Of Murder and Memory.’
In the same year, she appeared in the supporting role in yet another huge film, ‘Wanted.’ The film was a huge success critically and commercially.
In 2009, she bagged a supporting role in the Canadian drama series titled ‘Wild Roses,’ playing Adele Emond. The series p did not receive a good response and was cancelled after 1 season and 13 episodes. Kristen had appeared in 7 episodes before the series was taken off air.
In 2009, Kristen appeared in two films. The first one was a comedy film ‘You Might as Well Live.’ In the film, she played a supporting role as ‘Cookie De Whitt.’ The film turned out to be a moderate critical and commercial success. In the same year, she appeared in the first lead role of her acting career, in the biographical drama film ‘Leslie, My Name is Evil.’ The film was based on the notorious ‘Charles Manson murders’ and told the story of Leslie Van Houten, one of Manson’s followers, played by Kristen. The film received a moderate critical acclaim. However, it was also criticized for focusing more on Charles Manson than Leslie, but Kristen’s performance in the film was praised.
In 2011, she appeared in a recurring role as ‘Nora Sergeant’ in the first season of the Canadian supernatural comedy drama series ‘Being Human.’ However, as her character further grew into one of the most loved characters on the show, Nora was made a part of the main cast. Kristen appeared in 39 episodes of the series, which was a huge critical and commercial success. The series also became a huge success in the USA, and Kristen became a household name in both the countries.
In 2012, she played a supporting role in the zombie comedy horror film titled ‘A Little Bit Zombie.’ The Canadian film turned out to be a huge commercial and critical success.
Kristen followed it with a supporting role in the romantic comedy film ‘The Right Kind of Wrong.’ The film did not receive a wide theatrical release and was also a critical failure.
In the mid-2010s, she appeared in small roles in the series’ such as ‘The Expanse’ and ‘Gotham,’ followed by a key role in the 2018 series ‘Condor.’
In the recent past, she has appeared in films such as ‘The Barber,’ ‘Life,’ and ‘Clara.’