""Smallville" received a put pilot commitment, providing more time for casting, which allowed them to do a much wider search. Casting directors were hired in New York; L.A.; Toronto; Vancouver, British Columbia; Sydney, Australia; and London with the intention of casting Clark Kent first. But when they saw tape of Kristin Kreuk, Gough says, "We were all blown away and, of course, the first question was, 'Has anyone else seen this girl?' And if not, make her deal immediately." She was the first hire and snared the role of Lana Lang, Clark's sweetheart."