I know Krysten Ritter from “Breaking Bad,” where she played Jesse’s neighbor and girlfriend, Jane, who is no longer on the show. (I’m not revealing spoilers because I want to urge all of you who haven’t seen BB to rent it!) I thought she was excellent in that role, but a lot of that was due to Aaron Paul’s performance as her scenes were mostly with him. He really kills it on screen.
In contrast, I watched the pilot of “Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23” and I thought it was awful. Apologies if you like that show, it just wasn’t funny to me and seemed hackneyed. Ritter plays a cardboard cutout of a bad girl. You’re not supposed to like her character I guess, and I really didn’t. That’s down to the writing on that show, not Ritter specifically. I never watched it again, although I have to say that James Van Der Beek as himself was pretty funny. So I’m coming into this interview with Ritter not knowing what to expect as I only know her from her work. She sounds like she’s trying too hard to be a bad ass, but maybe she really is this way. *shrug* Also, this is with Playboy, so she’s probably working to “bring it” in this interview. Remember John Mayer’s awful “David Duke c*k” interview? In comparison, what she’s sharing is mild, but she’s obviously trying to shock. Here’s some of it, with more at the NSFW source:
On how she put roaches in a rival’s bed
RITTER: When I was modeling I lived with eight to 10 girls in the modeling agency’s two-bedroom apartment, sleeping in bunk beds. It was crazy, but not as crazy as people want it to be. Sure, we’d go out and drink cosmos and dance on tables. But no sex with rappers or cocaine or eating disorders. I worked a lot, and there was one other girl who also worked a lot. She was the queen bee before I came along, and I think she didn’t enjoy that she wasn’t the only one anymore. She f’ing hated me. I would play guitar on the patio—not late; we’re talking 8:30 to nine p.m.—and she would tell the agency I was keeping her up. I got in trouble for that. So I put roaches in her bed. You don’t f*k with a girl’s livelihood.
On getting her start in modeling when she was 15
RITTER: At my first test shoot, the photographer sprayed me with Pam. They were black-and-white pictures in the dirtiest bathroom you’ve ever seen. It was super heroin chic. I’ve got to say, though, the pictures were dope. Looking back, I’m like, What was I doing? I was 15! That same day, at another test shoot with a Japanese photographer, they put me in a sheer bodysuit. So I have pictures of myself at 15 in a sheer shirt sitting underneath a table. I mean, the pictures are beautiful and artistic, but it’s weird to put your 15-year-old in a job where basically you could see my boobs.
At the time I didn’t think about it, because kids don’t. They say your brain doesn’t develop fully until you’re 25. When kids do crazy stuff, it’s because they really are crazy. I just wasn’t aware; I had no fear. But I have not one single regret or feeling of resentment, because of where I am now. I have a good head on my shoulders. I learned all my lessons on my own.
On if she wishes she was “less easy to spot”
RITTER: On some days I do. I think my friends and my boyfriend wish that. My boyfriend [Brian Geraghty, who starred in The Hurt Locker and has appeared on True Blood] is a character actor. He can hide. But I’m a cartoon character. I have black bangs. I can’t hide. People are mostly respectful and kind. But at one in the morning in Vegas, when everyone’s wasted and yelling at you, you wish you could just kind of disappear, and you can’t.
On her high school boyfriend
RITTER: He was so angsty and bad. He was a real bad boy. He gave me a school picture that year that said, “Okay, Krysten, I love you. You give me a boner.” That’s how we started dating. His name was Damian, but my parents called him “Demon.” Our first time was in his parents’ van before basketball practice. I don’t remember it being very pleasant.
On being on a big network show vs. basic cable
RITTER: More people see you on a network. And the network people know where you are at all times. I’ve been around so long I approach every job exactly the same whether it’s big or small. For me it didn’t feel different until I heard on the walkie-talkie, “Krysten is at craft service,” “Krysten is around the corner,” “Krysten is there.” They’re always keeping tabs on you. They always know where you are. You say you’re going to the bathroom, and someone comes with you. I’m like, “Dude, I promise you I’m going to come back. Don’t come with me to the bathroom.”
She sounds full of herself, right? I can’t muster up any strong feelings about this either way though, honestly. I’m rather indifferent to her. I’ll give her this, she knows how to give good quotes and tell a good story. She’s probably fun to hang out with on a short term basis. I’m getting the impression that she’s not all that different from the character she plays and is probably a pain in the ass in real life. Maybe that’s what she’s going for here.
Ritter is shown on 9-21-12 (awful see through fuchsia dress) and on 10-16 (blue dress) credit: WENN.com Fake mugshot is a still from “Dont Trust The B.”
aww honey, you can hide if you try.. go on, give it a try..
I hste that I like that show but James Van Der Beek as James Van Der Beek is hilarious.. She is annoying.
I agree with you. JVDB is awesome!!!!
Yep, she could easily hide. Sweep those bangs to the side and leave the red lipstick off and no one would look twice. It’s not like she’s some huge star.
She seems annoying
Great pale skin, beauty
I don’t really think she sounded that bad. I did kind of raise an eyebrow when she talks about standing out & not being able to hide… I’ve never watched Breaking Bad. I do enjoy Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23, and I think it’s pretty funny. However, I can’t imagine she’s so famous that people recognize her everywhere she goes. Am I missing something here?
Why does she look 20 years older in that pink dress? Weird.
Seriously! The caption could’ve said that was 60-year-old Isabella Rossellini, and I wouldn’t have thought twice about it.
I think she’s probably one of my least favorite actresses. She drives me nuts. I actively will change the channel when she comes on screen.
She was on Gilmore Girls, which I loved. And Veronica Mars, which I loved. I’ve disliked every character I’ve seen her as.
My boyfriend was watching Breaking Bad a while back on my laptop. I was doing something else at the time… then I heard her voice. She makes me cringe.
I didn’t care for her on Breaking Bad, but that show has the worst female characters, same with The Walking Dead. I never watched her new show, but I do love Two Broke Girls, which I felt like Don’t trust the B was trying to copy.
@hotpockets, As cheesy as it is, I also like Two broke girls. As far as The Walking Dead, Lori is insufferable, Carol is meh, I hate Maggie (although I can’t explain why) and I’m indifferent to the other blonde girl (whose name I can’t remember). However, Andrea has really become awesome and Michonne should be amazing!
Yeah, exactly. I only watch Breaking Bad occasionally, and all the women are insufferable. And I didn’t watch The B in apartment 23 because they held back on an episode of Happy Endings to air it instead. And I looove Happy Endings. And I’m fond of 2 Broke girls as well.
Yes Andrea has become some what of an awesome character, the first season and a half she drove me crazy. I just don’t know why women are always portrayed as emotional wrecks or nagfests on 90% of television shows. It’s getting old.
I can only hope that Two Broke Girls is better this season, it was truly awful last season. Which sucks because Kat Dennings is super fantastic!
I like this interview, and I do watch Apt 23. First noticed her as the original daughter on Til Death(they had 3 or 4 in that role).
@hotpockets, you’re right about the portrayal of women. That’s why I love where they’re taking Andrea and Michonne (who *should* be a kick ass character). I love that Andrea and Michonne are a strong female duo and that they aren’t cat fighting over men or back stabbing each other and if the writers take it there, I’ll be hugely disappointed!
You know, cockroaches aren’t necessarily going to keep themselves confined to one person’s bed. Seems like the rest of the housemates would suffer just as much from her funny, funny prank. Or does she mean “roaches”? Yeah, that would be pretty stinky and no fun to clean.
I was just thinking that, and then caught myself and was like, I must be getting old. And seriously, when I see a cockroach in this city, I give it the right of way. Especially the big ones on the sidewalk during the summer. They can knock you over. I would die if I saw one in my apartment.
If someone put cockroaches in my bed I would go ballistic. I used to like this B but now that I know she did that to someone–I hate her.
I guess she really is the B in apartment 23 or at least trying to seem like one.
On a different note, she can walk right pass me and I wouldn’t know who she is. Get over yourself girlie; you’re not that famous yet.
Ugh. I hate her bangs; and she irritates me for some reason.
That’s all I see when I look at her- BANGS! And they’re horrible; who in the world would do that to their hair on purpose?!
I’ve always had the impression she is a bit of an A-hole.
Her bangs look like they were cut with a weed whacker, her brows are in need of some serious tweezing and BTW who the hell is she?
Her show is terrible! I tried watching it and literally had to turn it off. This is what passes for comedy these days? I love everything about Breaking Bad and the Jane storyline will hopefully be revisited when they wrap everything up because that was one of the big things that Walt hid from Jesse and I want everything to be revealed yo!
Oh and her panties are showing in that red get up. Someone should tell her.
Wasn’t that like the first time Walt did Jesse really wrong? Walt maybe could have saved Jane and he didn’t, he just left her there.
That’s what I thought- I did see that episode on the promise that she wouldn’t be in it long. He could have flipped her, or gotten help, or done SOMETHING.
That was the first time we really saw the man Walt was starting to become. His transition from likable dork, then descending into madness is insane.
Haha CB! I didn’t to spoil it for any BB virgins (who should be ashamed they are not watching such a great show)! Yep, he let her OD (literally choked on her own vomit while passed out from getting high) because she wanted Jesse’s half of the money to runaway with and probably blow on drugs. Which led to her dad, the air traffic controller being so distraught that the plane he was directing in traffic crashed and killed all those people.
It was the first huge thing he hid from Jesse to manipulate him into doing what he wanted. The first thing that had far reaching consequences beyond the two of them. When Walt started acting out of his own interests and not for Jesse or his family. I love this show!
I took Walt’s “moral conflict” and choice to let her die as his way of protecting Jesse. Walt knew Jesse was deep into addiction at that point and this B was leading him down a road to death.
But seriously, she had to go. Her “I’m so badass that it hurts” attitude and trying to one-up Heisenberg… Ohhellnaw! I want to wrap Jesse Pinkman in a little bubble with a bow to protect him from this cruel world. Then make out.
I really liked her and the Jane storyline in BB. I thought it was a shame that they killed her off because they could have done a lot more with Jane/Jesse. I hope she comes back from the dead.
And yes Skyler and her sister are really annoying.
I shamelessly love that show. I also recently watched the movie she wrote and produced, Life Happens. I actually enjoyed it a lot. Judging by the reviews, I was in the minority. I’m blaming Kate Bosworth until proven otherwise.
Annoying hipster chick, annoying hipster bangs.
I think she looks more like a classic pin-up. The hair and facial expressions are reminiscent of Betty Page. She comes across like a hipster douche in the interview though.
Most of the annoying hipster chicks I know idolize Bettie Page and classic pin-up girl style, and try to model themselves after it. Personally I can’t stand any of it.
@amanda, really? Most here do the sexy, artsy-fartsy nerd girl thing (think female James franco). Black frame glasses, ironic t-shirt, stupid hat etc. The ones I know who emulate Bettie page are Rockabilly chicks who do the pinup look (cigarette pants, Bettie hair etc) while covered in tattoos and driving rat rods lol.
I’ve run into the confusion between hipster & rockabilly lately. My husband has a lot of big Sailor Jerry-esque tattoos (his right arm has 3 pin-ups), cuffs his jeans, and wears a skally cap over his pompadour & one of his classmates called him a hipster a few weeks ago. It was kinda funny because this kid (like maybe 19yo) told him that he needs a bff who has a handle bar mustache… and his bff does have a handle bar mustache. I, however, am a Southern hippie & no amount of red lipstick, black tops & cigarette pants, & winged eyeliner can change it. One of my friends dressed me up & I looked like I was headed to a costume party!
I think there is some overlap, but true hipster style to me is glasses/hitler haircut/beard/pixie cut on girls/moustace etc… while Rock a Billy is for an older crowd that used to be punk or goth in their younger years.
Did anyone ever see Gravity on Starz? It had her and Ivan Sergei in it, and I love it! But it was cancelled after the 1st season 🙁
Ahhhhhhhhhhh I loved that show! I actually thought she was pretty good on it. But I also really love Eric Schaeffer so my judgement is a little off :/
I heard that she is very kind and does a lot – very quietly- for charity.
Wow she really isn’t very likable is she? She looks like Anne Hathaway to me with those wonky eyes.
I have to say that I do suffer through that show for The Beek. I love me some Beek on that show, and I hope it gets Beekier this season. If it doesn’t, I’m out. Everyone but Ritter and The Beek are terrible, horrible actors and then of course even Ritter is unlikable in that show.
It’s weird but I actually really like her! I think it’s because I remember her from the Banana Republic ads in 2010… And I love Banana Republic so I am strangely bias. Anyway, I can tolerate her new show… I actually hate her goody two shoes roommate on the show more.
I always thought she was pretty but it’s weird how famous she thinks she is. When I clicked on the headline I thought I was going to read about how John Ritter’s daughter lost her virginity.
I didn’t know who she was when I first saw her on BB. I just thought she was an unknown, so I find it strange too that she seems to think she is a huge celeb.
Me too! I was wondering why anyone would care about John ritters daughter’s virginity.
Apparantly from the comments she’s been in a lot of stuff though.
Guess ill add her to my list of “actors that have been in a crap ton of stuff but are easily forgettable.”
I’ve never liked her as an actress, but I’m starting to on Apt. 23. I think that show is wickedly hilarious.
Hmm, I like the B in Apartment 23. The pilot is not as good as the rest of the show and while i was NEVER a Dawson’s creek fan i find James Van der beek character as himself HILARIOUS. The good girl actress does grate sometimes but i find her and Ritter to be good opposites and the minor characters like the crazy girl down the hall and peeping tom neighbor great! But then again I spent half of my life being a bad girl and hanging out with them, maybe i am just partial!
I like the show, too. Loved the one where JVDB was on Dancing with the Stars and he was obsessed with the size of his dressing room.
When the Black Olsen twins call you answer!
She seems fine. People here just look for the worst in everyone
Wrong. If you read the comments a few people actually like her and give her compliments
Sometime you can see intelligence in a person’s eyes, and sometimes you can see stupidity in a person’s mouth.
This person has a severe case of Stupid Mouth.
Stopped reading when she used the term “dope”. …really? When was that ever the cool thing to say? Unless we’re talking about illegal substances in sports it should not be used.
P.S. Thank you Celebitchy, for having something for me to read while I wait out a hangover.
That was the quote that stood out to me, too:
“It was super heroin chic. I’ve got to say, though, the pictures were dope.”
I hope that she went for the pun there but I don’t know enough about her to know if she is that clever.
I couldn’t stand her on BB. And I’m not about to watch her on the new sh*t show she’s on, either.
She’s super-irritating to me. I can’t even look at her without rolling my eyes. I bet she’s insufferable in real life.
I don’t think her new show is great but I enjoy it – mainly because of her and James Van Der Beek (and I never watched Dawson’s Creek). It’s the blonde who annoys me.
Ugh- the super gelled, spiky bangs are too much. Ease up on the spikiness, toots!!!
gahhh!! She annoys the crap out of me! “I’m so quirky and cute!” NOO You’re fucking annoying! She plays the same character in everything, breaking bad, shopaholic, veronica mars. Actually they’re totally different characters, she just sucks
I really liked her in that Shopaholic movie though the entire movie sucked ass. I read the books and they were so much better and funny. Love Ms. Kinsella.
Anyway. I’m getting Mara Rooney/K-Stew low level vibes from her. So right now I’m raising an eyebrow while stirring my tea.
She’s got a great look, but she should keep her mouth shut. Sooo annoying…
“She was the queen bee before I came along…”
Aaaand we’re done here…
Funny that she’s supposedly so recognizable. Maybe she is to BB and Apartment B fans…? I just see her as looking similar to Katy Perry, maybe Anne Hathaway, Liza Minnelli, even Lea Michelle, or some other generic dark-haired person.
Yep, looks like nip to me. I’m Switzerland when it comes to her.
This reminds me of years back when I kept finding cockroaches in my apt and the skeevy landlord huffily told me oh no, you’re mistaken, we DO NOT have roaches! So I collected them for a couple weeks and shoved them under his door. He had the exterminators out the very next day 🙂
Haha! Awesome! And a much more creative use for cockroaches than putting them in the bed of a rival. I would also suggest putting a few in the envelope with the rent check so they fall out like glitter on his lap when he opens the envelope!
Ha ha, love it Mort! I def would have resorted to more creative stuff had he not gotten in the exterminators. And what a creep he was… I found him in my apt twice for no good reason – said he was checking something but I knew he was lying. He was just some skeevy perv.
Probably stealing underwear ;P
I don’t think I like this girl…she seems rather full of herself and I do not have a clue who the hell she is. Rather premature for her to be saying this.
Anyway, I don’t think she’s pretty at all. Her features are distracting….long pinocchio nose, eyes kind of droop, weak chin…no symmetry…not attractive to me, at least.
And yes, I’ll say it now…I like bangs…but hers are hideous.
I think she’s striking, but not conventionally beautiful. Basically, she looks like a lot of models do. She may come across as obnoxious, but she used to do a shit load of charity with animal rescue groups.
She reminds me of Rooney Mara. Just the general vibe, the whole dark haired waif thing with serious self importance issues.
I didn’t get the sense that she takes herself as seriously as many posters seem to think she does. I never saw the pilot–it seemed a bit too nihilism sultry chic versus June Cleaver (not a coincidence in character naming, I’m sure), so I stayed away. I think that they tweaked the character since that introduction out of being a psychotic, soulless and malevolent clothes horse to a whirlwind fabulous bitch with a cracked world view who sometimes struggles bit from insecurity to live down to her bad reputation and keep the spotlight on her glamourous self.
I haven’t seen all of the episodes, but it does seem to be improving, even at this early stage, and I’m certainly in the ‘Tried to watch, just to see what the fuss was about, but ultimately couldn’t abide Dragon’s Creek, but really enjoy Van der Beek here’ camp. It’s not re-inventing the wheel, but it’s not Homeboyz In Outer Space, either.
I don’t feel anything one way or the other about this woman but I will say this…only small breasted girls could get away with that first photo…
I think she’s GORGEOUS. And I can see how she can’t hide- she looks like NO ONE else. She is a VERY rare, unusual beauty. Black hair, long, unusual nose, HUGE eyes and lips, and fair skin. I love her JUST for that!
Yikes, I wasn’t expecting so much hatred for her.
I actually really like her. I loved her on Breaking Bad and she’s the entire reason why I decided to check out her Apartment 23 show. 99% of the time, I hate network TV (especially comedies), but I actually found myself really enjoying it…mostly because of her and the delightful James Van Der Beek.
I don’t know, I think that Krysten Ritter seems pretty fun. I enjoy her and I think she’s gorgeous. The only part of this interview that made me raise an eyebrow was when she talked about being recognized in public. I didn’t think she was *that* famous…
I do not like her. Didn’t see her on BB, but I checked out the ‘Don’t Trust the B-‘ show. She is annoying and her character is more of a selfish, ditzy slut than anything else. James van der Beek is the only saving grace. Wish the show was about him. I watched most of the first season because of him but I won’t be doing so this season.
I do think she is pretty though, but trying way too hard.