Marvel's Jessica Jones: Getting To Know Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones
Meet Krysten Ritter:
A multi-faceted actress with a classic beauty and magnetic presence, Krysten Ritter has crossed mediums with an impressive body of work in film, television, theatre, writing, producing, music, and fashion design.
Krysten is well-known for her critically acclaimed turn as Jane Margolis on AMC's hit series, "Breaking Bad" and as the titular character in cult favorite and critical darling "Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23" for ABC.
On the feature side Ritter was most recently seen opposite Amy Adams in Tim Burton's newest film “Big Eyes”, a drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane and Alex Ross Perry’s critically acclaimed indie “Listen Up Phillip” opposite Jason Schwartzman, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Krysten is the star of the gritty NETFLIX series, “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”. The psychological drama centers on an ex-Super Hero whose dark past comes back to haunt her. The show will premiere on 20 November 2015. She will also reprise her role in the Netflix event series “Marvel’s Defenders”.
In addition to her current acting work, Ritter has a first-look production deal with Universal TV, where she is developing and producing television properties under Silent Machine.
Other credits include "Veronica Mars", “Refuge", "Life Happens" (which she co-wrote and co-produced), "The Blacklist", "She’s Out Of My League", “Vamps", and "Confessions of a Shopaholic".
Her theater credits include Neil LaBute's “Heart of the Matter” at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Zach Braff's “All New People” at Second Stage, Rajiv Joseph’s “All This Intimacy” which played at Second Stage Uptown, and the “24 Hour Plays” at the Signature Theatre.
Beyond her career as a performer, Ritter has an eye for fashion and co-designed a dress with Corey Lynn Calter. She collaborated with Stacey Bendet at Alice and Olivia to create a small capsule line of shoes and was was a guest curator of an earring for JewelMint which benefitted Autism Speaks. Ritter was the lead of the fall 2009 and 2010 Banana Republic ad campaigns.
Ritter and her dog Mikey split their time between New York and Los Angeles.
SPOILERS follow for those who have not read the series.
A brief history of the character of Jessica Jones from the Marvel Comics Series:
While a teenager attending high school in Queens with Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Jessica Jones was in a car accident in which she was doused in chemicals and put into a coma. She lost her family but acquired superpowers. With hair dyed pink and using the codename Jewel, she battled criminals until Purple Man enslaved her mind. After losing a fight with the Avengers, Jessica fell into another coma until Jean Grey revived her, establishing mental defences for her against further mind control.
Jessica later opened her own detective agency specializing in cases involving superpowered beings, and she worked as a reporter for The Pulse, a supplement to the Daily Bugle. During this time she became the Knightress.
Jessica dated and then married Luke Cage with whom she had a baby girl, Danielle. She fled to Canada during the Civil War but returned to rejoin the Avengers when it was over.
As the Secret Invasion ended, a Skrull posing as Edwin Jarvis kidnapped Danielle, but Norman Osborn helped Luke rescue her. She hired Squirrel Girl as their nanny and later persuaded Luke to retire from the Avengers to dedicate himself to their family.