3. Kristin Kreuk
Hometown: British Columbia, Canada
Role: Catherine Chandler in Beauty and the Beast (CW; premieres Thursday, October 11 at 9/8 Central)
Kristin Kreuk, of Smallville fame, plays homicide detective Catherine Chandler. While working a case, Chandler discovers that a doctor who was believed to be dead has actually been living in hiding for the past 10 years—and when this doctor becomes enraged, he turns into a (surprise!) beast with superhuman strength. Although the plot might not immediately grab your attention, we’re sure the sexy tension between the beauty and the beast will keep you satisfied—role play anyone? Plus it's worth tuning in for a few episodes, just to seek Kreuk and the show's other badass women, like Nina Lisandrello, in action.