Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter

Ritter in 2016
Born Krysten Alyce Ritter
(1981-12-16) December 16, 1981
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
  • Actress
  • musician
  • model
Years active 2001–present

Krysten Alyce Ritter (born December 16, 1981)[1] is an American actress, musician and former model. Ritter is known for her roles as Jane Margolis on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, Chloe on the ABC comedy series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and the title character, Jessica Jones, on the Netflix drama series of the same name. She has appeared in films such as What Happens in Vegas (2008), 27 Dresses (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), She's Out of My League (2010), Veronica Mars (2014), and Big Eyes (2014). She has also appeared in roles in the television series Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Gravity, 'Til Death, and Veronica Mars.

Early life

Ritter was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania,[2] the daughter of Kathi Taylor and Gary Ritter.[3] She was raised on a farm outside Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, where her mother, stepfather and sister live; her father lives in nearby Benton.[4] Ritter graduated in 2000 from Northwest Area High School.



Ritter was scouted by a modeling agent at her local shopping mall, the Wyoming Valley Mall, at the age of 15, at a modeling event. Ritter described herself at the time as "tall, gawky, awkward, and really, really skinny" to Philadelphia Style magazine. While in high school, she traveled to New York City on her days off and began modeling there and in Philadelphia. She signed with the Elite Model Management agency and then with Wilhelmina Models.[4] Ritter moved to New York City at the age of 18 and established an international modeling career in print ads and on television. She did magazine, catalog, and runway work in Milan, New York, Paris, and Tokyo.[5]


Ritter's acting career began when Wilhelmina placed her for an audition for a Dr Pepper television commercial. Ritter told Philadelphia Style that she felt her "outgoing and bubbly and funny" personality as a performer helped her transition into acting naturally by letting her entertain the casting people.[4] She won several bit film roles starting in 2001, and then played a 1950s art history student in Julia Roberts' Mona Lisa Smile (2003). In 2006, she appeared in All This Intimacy, a two-act Off-Broadway play by Rajiv Joseph, at the Second Stage Theatre.[6] Ritter signed on to star in the premiere of Zach Braff's play All New People at Second Stage Theatre. Anna Camp, David Wilson Barnes and Justin Bartha co-starred in the production under the direction of Peter DuBois.[7]

Ritter had a number of guest starring roles on television, and appeared on the second season of Veronica Mars, playing Gia Goodman, the daughter of mayor Woody Goodman (Steve Guttenberg). Ritter guest-starred on Gilmore Girls for eight episodes from 2006 to 2007 as Rory Gilmore's friend, Lucy. She also played the first iteration of Allison Stark on the Fox sitcom 'Til Death (which eventually had four actresses play that role through its run).

Ritter at the premiere of 27 Dresses in January 2008

Ritter continued working in film, often cast as the best friend of the lead character. In 2008, she had supporting roles in the romantic comedies What Happens in Vegas and 27 Dresses. She co-starred in the 2009 film Confessions of a Shopaholic as Suze, the best friend of Isla Fisher's character. Ritter spent three months shooting She's Out of My League in Pittsburgh in 2008. She played Patty, the cynical best friend of Alice Eve's character Molly.[5]

Ritter was cast as a young Carol Rhodes in an episode of The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl titled "Valley Girls", which aired May 11, 2009.[8] The episode was a backdoor pilot for a proposed spin-off series of the same title, set in 1980s Los Angeles, that would chronicle the teenage years of the character Lily van der Woodsen.[9] Ritter described her character Carol, Lily's sister, as "the outcast", and "an '80s Sunset Strip rocker" to Access Hollywood.[10] The series was not picked up by the network for the 2009–10 season.[11]

Ritter co-starred as Jane Margolis on the second season of AMC's drama series Breaking Bad,[9] and starred in the film How to Make Love to a Woman (2009), based on a best-selling book by adult film star Jenna Jameson. She also co-starred with Jason Behr in the independent film The Last International Playboy (2009), as Ozzy, a drug addict.[12] Ritter sold a television pilot that she wrote based on her experiences as a model, named Model Camp, and as of 2009, was also writing a female-buddy comedy film.[13] She appeared in the comedy web series Woke Up Dead in 2009, playing Cassie alongside Jon Heder as Drex.[14]

In 2010, Ritter starred in the television series Gravity alongside Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames, and Rachel Hunter, playing the sharp and quirky Lily.[15] The Starz comedy-drama centers on a group of out-patient suicide survivors.[16] She starred opposite Ben Barnes in the 2011 comedy film Killing Bono as the manager of an Irish band.[15] Directed by Nick Hamm, the film is based on Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppleganger, a book about the early days of the Irish rock band U2.[17] Beginning in January 2010, the film's shoot lasted for six weeks and moved from Belfast to London before returning to Belfast.[18]

Ritter starred alongside Alicia Silverstone in the comedy horror film Vamps, written and directed by Amy Heckerling. She plays a New York City socialite turned into a vampire by a vampire queen (Sigourney Weaver). She also stars in the 2011 independent comedy film Life Happens, with Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. Co-written by Ritter with director Kat Coiro, the film is about two best friends dealing with the pregnancy and subsequent motherhood of Ritter's character.

In early February 2011, Ritter joined the cast of the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, playing the title role of Chloe, a New York City party girl and con artist who tries to rip off her new roommates after they move in, but who ends up befriending and "mentoring" one of the applicants.[19][20] The series was canceled on January 22, 2013 after two seasons.[21] On February 15, 2013, it was reported that Ritter would star as Nora in the NBC comedy pilot Assistance, based on Leslye Headland's play of the same name.[22] However, it was confirmed in January 2014 that the pilot would not be picked up to series.[23] On July 9, 2013, it was announced that Ritter would star in Jake Hoffman's directorial debut, Asthma, which centers on the indie rock scene in New York City.[24] It was announced on February 20, 2014 that Ritter would star on NBC's astronaut-themed comedy pilot Mission Control as aerospace engineer Dr. Mary Kendricks.[25][26] On October 15, 2014, NBC announced that it was no longer moving forward with the show.[27]

On December 5, 2014, Ritter was cast to star in the Marvel Television series Jessica Jones, playing the title role, a former superhero turned private detective in New York City. On her casting, executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg stated that Ritter "brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands".[28] Ritter revealed that she had been reading through the comic book in preparation for the role while also expressing her delight on working with Rosenberg and women in general.[29] All 13 episodes of the first season premiered on Netflix on November 20, 2015.[30] Ritter will play that role again on The Defenders series alongside Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Finn Jones as Danny Rand / Iron Fist. January 17, 2016, Jessica Jones was renewed for a second season.[31]

Personal life

Ritter moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 2007.[32] She sings and plays guitar in a band called Ex Vivian.[33] She also promotes animal rights and posed for a 2013 PETA ad campaign warning pet owners of the dangers of leaving dogs in cars during the summer.[34][35]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Someone Like You Model Uncredited
2002 Freshening Up Girl on couch Short film
2002 Garmento Poncho model
2003 Look, TheThe Look Mara
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Art History student
2005 Slingshot Beth
2007 Heavy Petting Innocent bystander
2008 Last International Playboy, TheThe Last International Playboy Ozzy
2008 27 Dresses Gina the goth
2008 What Happens in Vegas Kelly
2009 Glock Beretta Short film
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Suze Cleath-Stuart
2010 She's Out of My League Patty
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman Lauren
2011 Killing Bono Gloria
2011 Life Happens Kim Also writer and co-producer
2011 Margaret Shopgirl
2012 BuzzKill Nicole
2012 Vamps Stacy Daimen
2012 Refuge Amy
2014 Listen Up Philip Melanie
2014 Veronica Mars Gia Goodman
2014 Asthma Ruby
2014 Search Party Christy
2014 Big Eyes DeAnn
2017 Hero, TheThe Hero Lucy In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Whoopi Brynn Episode: "The Squatters"
2004 One Life to Live Kay 4 episodes
2004 Law & Order Tracy Warren Episode: "Everybody Loves Raimondo's"
2004 Tanner on Tanner Saleswoman 2 episodes
2005 Jonny Zero Quinn Episode: "Pilot"
2005–06 Veronica Mars Gia Goodman 8 episodes
2006 Bedford Diaries, TheThe Bedford Diaries Erin Kavenaugh 2 episodes
2006–07 Gilmore Girls Lucy 8 episodes
2006–07 'Til Death Allison Stark 5 episodes
2006 Justice Eva Episode: "Christmas Party"
2007 Big Day Ellen Episode: "The Ceremony"
2009–10 Breaking Bad Jane Margolis 9 episodes
2009 Gossip Girl Young Carol Rhodes Episode: "Valley Girls"
2010 Gravity Lily Champagne Main cast; 10 episodes
2011 Love Bites Cassie Episode: "Firsts"
2012–13 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Chloe Main cast; 26 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Dana Polk (voice) Episode: "Immortal"
2013 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show Gina (voice) Episode: "California Dreamin' (All the Cleves Are Brown)"
2013 Eric Andre Show, TheThe Eric Andre Show Herself Episode: "Krysten Ritter; Dominic Monaghan"
2014 Blacklist, TheThe Blacklist Rowan/Nora Mills Episode: "Lord Baltimore"
2015–present Jessica Jones Jessica Jones Main cast
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Krysten Ritter Wears a Turtleneck and Black Boots"
2017 The Defenders Jessica Jones Main cast


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Woke Up Dead Cassie Main cast; 22 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
1999 "Waffle" Sevendust
2000 "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" Whitney Houston Extra



Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Villain Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Nominated [36]
2015 TVLine's Performer of the Week Jessica Jones
Episode: "AKA You're a Winner!"
Won [37]
2016 6th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Jessica Jones Nominated [38]
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – Actress Nominated [39]
Webby Awards Special Achievement: Best Actress Won [40]
42nd Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated [41]


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