Krysten Ritter

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Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter 2011.jpg
Ritter in December 2011
Born Krysten Alyce Ritter
(1981-12-16) December 16, 1981 (age 32)
Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation 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 and Chloe on the ABC comedy series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. She has appeared in films such as What Happens in Vegas (2008), 27 Dresses (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), and She's Out of My League (2010). She has also appeared in the television series Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Gravity, 'Til Death, and Veronica Mars.

Early life[edit]

Ritter grew up on a cattle ranch near Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, where her mother, stepfather and sister live; her father lives in nearby Benton.[2]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Ritter was scouted by a modeling agent at her local shopping mall, the Wyoming Valley Mall, at the age of fifteen at a modeling event. Ritter described herself as, at the time, "tall, gawky, awkward, and really, really skinny" to Philadelphia Style magazine. While in high school, she traveled to New York on her days off and began modeling there and in Philadelphia. She signed with the Elite Model Management agency and then with Wilhelmina Models.[2] Ritter moved to New York City at the age of eighteen 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.[3]

Acting[edit]

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.[2] 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.[4] 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-star in this production under the direction of Peter DuBois.[5]

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.[3]

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.[6] 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.[7] Ritter described her character Carol, Lily's sister, as "the outcast", and "an '80s Sunset Strip rocker" to Access Hollywood.[8] The series was not picked up by the network for the 2009–10 season.[9]

Ritter co-starred as Jane Margolis on the second season of AMC's television drama Breaking Bad,[7] 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.[10] 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.[11] She appeared in the comedy web series Woke Up Dead in 2009, playing Cassie alongside Jon Heder as Drex.[12]

Ritter starred in the 2010 TV series Gravity, with Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter, playing the sharp and quirky Lily.[13] The Starz channel comedy/drama was about a group of out-patient suicide survivors.[14] She will star opposite Ben Barnes in the independent film Killing Bono, based on Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppleganger, a book about the early days of the Irish rock band U2. The film began shooting in Belfast in January 2010, directed by Nick Hamm, and continued in London.[15] Ritter plays the manager of an Irish band.[13]

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). The film began shooting in Detroit, Michigan in August 2010 and was released on November 2, 2012.[16] 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. The film began production in Los Angeles in October 2010.[17]

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 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.[18][19] 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.[20] On July 9, 2013, it was announced that Ritter will star in Jake Hoffman's directorial debut, Asthma, which centers on the indie rock scene in New York City.[21] It was announced on February 20, 2014 that Ritter will star on NBC's astronaut-themed comedy pilot Mission Control as Mary.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Ritter moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 2007.[23] She sings and plays guitar in a band called Ex Vivian.[24] 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.[25][26]

Ritter has been in a relationship with actor Brian Geraghty since 2011.[27][28]

Filmography[edit]

Film
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
2012 Refuge Amy
2014 Listen Up Philip Melanie
2014 Veronica Mars Gia Goodman
2014 Big Eyes DeAnn Post-production
2014 Search Party Christy Post-production
2014 Asthma Ruby Completed
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Whoopi Bryn 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 Pool Guys Amy Unsold Fox pilot
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Gia Goodman 8 episodes
2006 Inseparable Melinda Unsold CBS pilot
2006 Bedford Diaries, TheThe Bedford Diaries Erin Kavenaugh 2 episodes
2006–2007 Gilmore Girls Lucy 8 episodes
2006–2007 'Til Death Allison Stark 5 episodes
2006 Justice Eva Episode: "Christmas Party"
2007 Big Day Ellen Episode: "The Ceremony"
2007 Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud, TheThe Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud Georgia Unsold CBS pilot
2009–2010 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"
2012–2013 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Chloe Main cast; 26 episodes
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain
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 Assistance Nora Johnson Unsold NBC pilot
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Woke Up Dead Cassie Main cast; 22 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1237): 26. Dec 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Schaffer, Sarah (January–February 2009). "The Real Thing". Philadelphia Style: 66. Archived from the original on March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Bob (March 9, 2010). "Krysten Ritter explores her dark side". The Vancouver Sun. Canwest News Service. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (July 27, 2006). "All This Intimacy". Variety. Retrieved on February 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "Justin Bartha, Anna Camp Sign On for Zach Braff's Off-Broadway Play". Broadway.me. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (February 13, 2009). ""Gossip Girl's" Newest Star Breaks Her Spin-Off Silence!". New York Post. Retrieved on February 24, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (February 6, 2009) "Krysten Ritter joins "Gossip Girl" spinoff". Reuters. Retrieved on February 24, 2009.
  8. ^ "'Gossip Girl' Spin-Off Star: 'I Feel Like A Million Bucks!'". Access Hollywood. February 6, 2009. Retrieved on February 24, 2009.
  9. ^ "Spotted: 'Gossip Girl' Spin-Off Officially Dumped By The CW". Access Hollywood. May 21, 2009. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  10. ^ Catsoulis, Jeanette (June 12, 2009). "The Last International Playboy - Parties and Pain". The New York Times. Retrieved on June 12, 2009.
  11. ^ McCombs, Emily (February/March 2009). Bust. p. 9
  12. ^ Kaufman, Amy (October 6, 2009). "'Woke Up Dead' looks for life on Crackle website". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on October 7, 2009.
  13. ^ a b Rosenblum, Emma (April 18, 2010). "Force of Attraction". New York. Retrieved on April 21, 2010.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 14, 2009). "New series "Gravity" pulls in four actors". Reuters. Retrieved on October 15, 2009.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (December 13, 2009). "Ritter ready for 'Killing Bono'". Variety. Retrieved on December 15, 2009.
  16. ^ Smith, Alicia (August 4, 2010). "The horror-comedy "Vamps" filming in the Detroit area, stars Sigourney Weaver". WXYZ-TV. Retrieved on August 22, 2010.
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (September 28, 2010). "Rachel Bilson joins 'BFF and Baby'". Variety. Retrieved on September 29, 2010.
  18. ^ Hibberd, James (February 4, 2011). "Krysten Ritter lands 'Bitch' role in ABC comedy pilot – EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Freshman Season Of 'Don't Trust The B In Apt.23' Wraps Tonight". Hollywood Outbreak. May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  20. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 15, 2013). "'Apartment 23's' Krysten Ritter to Star in NBC's 'Assistance' Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ Patten, Dominic (July 9, 2013). "Krysten Ritter To Star In Jake Hoffman Directorial Debut 'Asthma'". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 20, 2014). "Pilot Scoop: Krysten Ritter Orbiting NBC's Astronaut Comedy Mission Control". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  23. ^ Kurutz, Steven (November 20, 2008). "Unfettered Actress's Well-Furnished Lair". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  24. ^ Koday, Dan (January 22, 2009). "Style Q&A: Krysten Ritter from Confessions of a Shopaholic". Seventeen. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Krysten Ritter: Do Whatever It Takes to Be an Angel for Animals". People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  26. ^ Malec, Brett (August 27, 2013). "See Krysten Ritter's Hot New PETA Ad!". E! Online. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  27. ^ Nudd, Tim (October 17, 2012). "Krysten Ritter Might Not Be the Marrying Type". People. Time. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  28. ^ Cwelich, Lorraine (October 12, 2012). "Exclusive: Krysten Ritter on Dating Her 'Refuge' Costar and Working with Alicia Silverstone". Elle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 

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