411mania Interviews: Krysten Ritter
Prior to last April Krysten Ritter was best known for her stints on Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, and Till Death, as well as big screen work in 27 Dresses and She’s Out of My League, but now everyone likely associates her with her role as Chloe on ABC’s Don’t Trust the B- In Apt 23, now in its second season.
Al Norton: What did you think when you read the pilot script?
Krysten Ritter: I loved it! It didn’t take much to convince me to want to play Chloe. it’s so rare to find a character like her, so outrageous and so flashy, especially in the form of a female; in the pilot alone I was naked, I was dancing in a hip hop video, I was having sex on a birthday cake, I was getting a kid drunk, I had a switchblade, I was selling drugs…I hadn’t seen anything like that in a long time, if ever. I was just thrilled and had no expectations of what would happen, I just wanted to play the character.
Al Norton: I know people talk a lot about how much you guys get away with but can you give me an example of something the network wouldn’t let you do or say?
Krysten Ritter: I honestly can’t think of anything. They shock me with what they let us get away with. There will be lines in the table draft and I will think, “there is no way this is happening” and then we shoot it and I’m thinking, “there is no way this is going to be on TV”, and then sure enough, it happens.
Al Norton: Is James (Van Der Beek, Ritter’s co-star) half as cool as you’d think someone would have to be to be able to mock himself like this?
Krysten Ritter: James is awesome. I love that he is mocking himself this way. He’s come a long way in his career and even he’s surprised he can make a living playing a heightened version of himself. It’s so cool and I’m glad he’s on our show. He’s a great actor, a great friend, and a great scene partner.
Al Norton: Are we going to get more Ben Lawson (who guested as a love interest for Chloe earlier this season)?
Krysten Ritter: Yes, we are; he’s coming back a couple of times.
Al Norton: I very much enjoy Life Happens (a movie Ritter starred, produced, and co-wrote); is writing something you want to do more of, and would doing an episode of the show be of interest?
Krysten Ritter: Thank you very much. I do want to write more and have thought about it but am not sure how it work because of the schedule; they break stories in the writing room and then the writers each go off and take an episode, and then Nahnatchka Kahn, our showrunner, does the rewrites, so I don’t know if that would work. I’d love to get the opportunity to direct one, that’s an interest of mine as well. I like to sort of do it all, I like to wear a lot of hats.
Al Norton: That scene from last week where Chloe takes over People Magazine was an amazing piece of writing and acting.
Krysten Ritter: Thank you so much. Honestly, Nahnatchka and I hugged each other and said we could retire then because it was the most fun we’d ever had. I’ve never had more fun in my career than in those scenes at People Magazine. I love Chloe playing a character. I had a blast and am glad it came across.
Al Norton: Have you ever seen anything like the embarrassment of riches that is Tuesday night comedies on network TV?
Krysten Ritter: I don’t know but they really need to figure this out (laughing). The thing is I think all the shows are so great, and so funny, and everyone watches TV differently now. I know I watch my TV on Hulu or iTunes; I never watch TV live. I think they’re going to start to figure out the ratings system and make sure all of these shows have a home. I like all the shows that are out there, especially the ones that have wacky female characters and it goes to show there has been a lack of them and that there is an appetite for them.
Al Norton: The show has had some great 80’s and 90’s stars do guest spots; who is your dream guest star?
Krysten Ritter: Jared Leto. He’s a busy boy and a huge rock star, and I don’t know him, but when I was a teenager in my formative years, I was definitely a big fan. My So Called Life was it and so was he…the flannel shirts, the guitar, the hair cut…that’s so my type (laughing).
Al Norton: Can you preview this week’s episode for me?
Krysten Ritter: It’s our Thanksgiving episode; I take June home with me so she can be my emotional support in dealing with my parents, however I force her to pretend to be in a wheelchair so that she can level the playing field with my Mom.
Don’t miss Don’t Trust the B- In Apt 23, tonight at 9:30pm on ABC