Marvel’s latest original series Jessica Jones is now available, and its star Krysten Ritter has been talking about her latest role.
In an interview with Variety, Ritter has explained what attracted her to the part of Jones.
“She’s such an original, sort of obscure, misfit character in the Marvel universe and I love how grounded the show is and how deeply complex and developed she is. I feel like it’s such a rare opportunity to get a role like this. It’s a part that you find in some weird, dark, obscure independent movie that nobody will ever see, and fact that I get that opportunity on a Netflix platform, with the Marvel logo… it’s completely insane. When I first read the script — I read the first few before I got the part — I walked out of there and felt like they were the best scripts I had read and the best part that I had ever seen, available to me or not. A tough female character like this doesn’t come around every day.”
Ritter also explained that her admiration of Netflix and a determination to get herself a series on the streaming service was a major reason why she is now the latest Marvel TV superhero.
“When I first heard about the show, my manager called and said ‘Netflix’ — I’d really wished to be on a Netflix show because I love the content that they’re putting out and I think their shows are really top quality, and those are the shows that I watch. I love House of Cards, I love Bloodline, I love Orange is the New Black, so I had written on my refrigerator that I was looking for ‘groundbreaking television on Netflix.’ That’s what I wanted to do, so when my manager called like, ‘Okay, so Netflix wants to see you for this superhero show,’ and I like to audition so I was like, ‘Great! I’m never going to get that, but I’m happy just to go.’ My mind never went to the place where ‘Jessica Jones’ lives. I just assumed ‘superhero — that’s not what I look like, I’ll never get that.’ They were parsing out information, [all] secretive, as Marvel is, and I started reading scenes and I was like, ‘This is really cool. Is this real? Is this really this dark and this dramatic and this character-driven?'”
Ritter also revealed that she is in the dark when it comes to her next Marvel assignment, The Defenders, which will bring together Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist.
“I have no idea. They don’t really tell me much, but I really looking forward to the Defenders because it will be Mike, and I, and Charlie and I don’t who’s playing the other guy yet, but that’ll be fun. ‘Daredevil’s’ a great show, I feel like Jessica Jones is a great show and I feel like they really are tapping into something. It’s also nice to know what you’re going to be doing — as an actress, that’s rare. [Laughs.] So yeah, I kind of won the lottery in terms of parts because it’s so rare to have a show, even more rare to have two shows that’re picked up on Netflix and it’s a great part that I love. It’s all good.”
The first season of Jessica Jones is currently available to view on Netflix.