Krysten Ritter: ‘You’ll never see me use my sexuality to get what I want’

New York Premiere of "Jessica Jones"
It seems like an eternity since the lovely and talented Krysten Ritter has graced our television screens (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, we hardly knew ye…and don’t get me started on how much I still miss Breaking Bad), but she’s back, with attitude intact. The 33-year-old actress is entering the Marvel realm, taking on the role of Jessica Jones in a new series for Netflix, which is available for streaming tomorrow.

Initially, the thought of Krysten in a tight, skimpy costume fighting crime doesn’t fit with the edgy roles she’s played in the past, but Jessica Jones is a dark anti-hero, eschewing the spandex for sweats. While the character she plays possesses an active libido (the trailer shows some hot and steamy stuff), the actress refuses to be defined by her sexuality, telling the LA Times, “You’ll never see me putting on a short skirt and heels to use my ‘sexuality’ to get what I want. I don’t want to play that.”

Since playing conflicted characters is her forte, it’s easy to see how she’s a great fit for this role. Jessica Jones has superpowers – including super strength and mad jumping skills – and she initially tried to use her powers as a do-gooder, but she ends up becoming a private investigator. Her nemesis is the villainous mind-controller Kilgrave, played by Doctor Who‘s David Tennant. The character drinks and cracks wise, but still has a streak of vulnerability. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg told Rolling Stone she wanted to create a character who was a “female Tony Soprano” and as a result, Krysten was more than eager to take on the role of the troubled antiheroine – after overcoming a little bit of hesitation.

I needed something complex, plus I like doing dark characters and comedy — and Jessica Jones has all of that. At first, my manager had to explain to me that Krysten, this isn’t what you think it’s going to be. Finally, I just said, ‘Okay, fiiiine, I’ll go and audition…but I’ll never get it.’ When you go to Marvel, they lock you in a room with the scripts; they really are that secretive. But what they gave me to read was great — and when I heard Melissa Rosenberg was the showrunner, I thought: They are serious about this. It felt very much like, ‘Oh, so you say Marvel doesn’t usually do a great job representing women? Well, here ya go!

[From Rolling Stone]

Krysten jumped into the role – quite literally, hitting the gym for 90 minutes a day to get her strength up to endure the stunt work involved to pass oneself off as a superheroine. She’s enthusiastic about the show, saying, “It’s a psychological thriller first, and a superhero show second. It’s exactly the kind of female-led show I’d watch. And I kick a lot of ass without having to wear a leotard.”

I am so glad Krysten is back…and it looks like I have another show to binge watch!

New York Premiere of "Jessica Jones"

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  1. Luca76 says:

    David Tennant?!!! I’m there.

  2. MC2 says:

    I totally agree with this sentiment, idea, way of living & working. But….privilege & a sexist society. She’s been given many opportunities due to her looks & “sexuality”. But I get the message & support it!

    • bettyrose says:

      That was my response, too. I really like her, and I agree that in Gilmore Girls & Breaking Bad (never saw Apt 23), she never used her sexuality in an obvious way, but she was thin, leggy, gorgeous, and sort of perfect in her dark, sardonic delivery, so it’s not like she’s been successful without being sexy, either.
      Still, she’s totally the reason I plan to watch Jessica Jones. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be that interested.

    • V4Real says:

      Maybe she was using her sexuality without realizing she was using it.

  3. dee says:

    That white outfit is so gorg

  4. Dorothy#1 says:

    Looking forward to having David Tennant on my TV again!! Love him❤❤

  5. Lora says:

    I loooooove her!!!

  6. kimbers says:

    Love her more then the ladies in the box office blockbusters they shove out…which is why I barely go to the theater!

  7. Jess says:

    I love her so much! The B in Apt 23 is brilliant thanks to her (and, to be fair, James is pretty freakin’ funny too) and I cannot wait for tomorrow. I’ve already binged all of Master of None so I’ll be binging on this all weekend!!

  8. JenniferJustice says:

    Love her too and can’t’ wait.

  9. Avecuny says:

    I really like her. I’m excited for the show!

  10. Gingersnap28 says:

    I read this site because of the snarky, witty, insightful (and yes, sometimes biting) commentary…comments and actual blog alike; Corey, I know you can do better! Don’t be so fawning! There’s some fire in you yet. 🔥 Lol

    With all due respect, you sound like you have talent, but if I wanted to read “this voice,” I’d go elsewhere. Just one celebitch’s opinion.

    • moomoo says:

      I like the snarky posts, too, but what’s there to be snarky about here? Ever since the B in Apt 23 I’ve thought that Krysten is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, yet she doesn’t seem to think we owe her anything for her looks. Her personality and outlook make it impossible for me to hate her for being so gorgeous and I wish her well.

    • tealily says:

      I love her, but I do slightly agree. Although I dislike snark for the sake of stark. It’s okay, Corey, you’ll find your voice!

      • Gingersnap28 says:

        I guess I just love kaiser’s take on things; she has a sort “let’s unpack this quote” abt her (a good thing by the way!). I agree w the sentiment that sometimes we can just be kind and not snark for snark’s sake, but I also really enjoy examining the repercussions and the meat behind pop culture. For instance, yes, Krysten is a very beautiful woman and it’s admirable that she feels she shouldn’t kowtow to Hollywood and exploit her sexuality. But, as some have said here, isn’t she doing that anyway? Pretty skinny white girl shows up and gets parts? Let’s not pretend that she achieved the level of fame she has on brains (although, to be fair, she sounds like she is trying to be mindful, if not entirely self-aware). I guess different strokes for different folks. I just really enjoy the analysis some writers bring to an article.

    • lucy2 says:

      There’s lots of fawning posts over various celebrities by all the different writers.

      • Gingersnap28 says:

        I know, you’re right, Lucy2. Everybody has their favorites. (Not that that’s a bad thing!) But somebody mentioned yesterday how Corey’s Bella Thorne post felt like a Seventeen magazine advert, and I kinda felt the same way 😞(runs and hides)

    • Sunsetsnow says:

      @Corey. I liked your post. I am also a fan of Ritter. If it wasn’t for your post, I would have overlooked her new show. it sounds interesting! Welcome to the site and I look forward to reading your insights.

      • GlimmerBunny says:

        What insights? Corey just writes fawning recaps. I don’t think he’s up for the job, another site would suit him better (yhis one’s name is CeleBITCHY after all).

  11. Mia4s says:

    If this show is even half as good as Daredevil we are in for a treat so I am excited!

    Oh and a word of caution to you Tennant fans; this villain isn’t Loki, if they stay true to the story he is completely repulsive and irredeemable. I’ll leave it at that.

    • Tig says:

      I was thinking the same thing! I loved Daredevil, and season 2 can’t come soon enough. Totally unfamiliar with this character, but based on the great job Netflix did with DD, I’m watching. I am so surprised that no one yet has recoiled in horror over the fact that the screenwriter of the Twilight movies is handling this conversion!

      • lucy2 says:

        Me too – I’m not a Marvle fan, but DD was great and I’m excited for this new show too.

        I used to really dislike Krysten for some reason, until Apt. 23, and my whole opinion of her changed. Now I’m definitely a fan and glad she got this role.

    • Lucy says:

      He’s played rapists at least four times, and various assorted murderers and arch-villains. I’m sure his fanbase knows that. It’s weird that non-fans assume fans only know him from DW.

  12. Pandy says:

    Geez, she’s pretty! Such shiny hair. And that white suit – love it.

  13. tealily says:

    Love her, can’t wait to see this one!

  14. Dana m says:

    Can someone please ID the red poncho? Super gorgeous!

    Btw, it’s Nice to read your posts Corey!

  15. JustCrimmles says:

    As much as I’ve wanted to color my hair some unnatural shade for the last forever many years, I’d totally go for her color. Pale girls. Yay.

  16. Eden75 says:

    I have no idea who she is. She has gorgeous eyes but the rest doesn’t really strike a cord with me. To each their own. However, knowing that Mr. Tennant will be on the show, I am there. Oh yes please.