Krysten Ritter

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Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter 2011.jpg
Ritter in December 2011
BornKrysten Alyce Ritter
(1981-12-16) December 16, 1981 (age 32)
Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress, musician, model
Years active2001–present
 
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Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter 2011.jpg
Ritter in December 2011
BornKrysten Alyce Ritter
(1981-12-16) December 16, 1981 (age 32)
Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress, musician, model
Years active2001–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 drama series 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]

In 2010, Ritter starred in the television series Gravity alongside Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames, and Rachel Hunter, playing the sharp and quirky Lily.[13] The Starz comedy-drama centers on a group of out-patient suicide survivors.[14] She starred opposite Ben Barnes in the 2011 comedy film Killing Bono as the manager of an Irish band.[13] 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.[15] Beginning in January 2010, the film's shoot lasted for six weeks and moved from Belfast to London before returning to Belfast.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18]

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 will 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 will 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]

Personal life[edit]

Ritter moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 2007.[28] She sings and plays guitar in a band called Ex Vivian.[29] 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.[30][31]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Someone Like YouModelUncredited
2002Freshening UpGirl on couchShort film
2002GarmentoPoncho model
2003Look, TheThe LookMara
2003Mona Lisa SmileArt History student
2005SlingshotBeth
2007Heavy PettingInnocent bystander
2008Last International Playboy, TheThe Last International PlayboyOzzy
200827 DressesGina the goth
2008What Happens in VegasKelly
2009GlockBerettaShort film
2009Confessions of a ShopaholicSuze Cleath-Stuart
2010She's Out of My LeaguePatty
2010How to Make Love to a WomanLauren
2011Killing BonoGloria
2011Life HappensKimAlso writer and co-producer
2011MargaretShopgirl
2012BuzzKillNicole
2012VampsStacy
2012RefugeAmy
2014Listen Up PhilipMelanie
2014Veronica MarsGia Goodman
2014AsthmaRuby
2014Search PartyChristy
2014Big EyesDeAnn
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2004WhoopiBrynnEpisode: "The Squatters"
2004One Life to LiveKay4 episodes
2004Law & OrderTracy WarrenEpisode: "Everybody Loves Raimondo's"
2004Tanner on TannerSaleswoman2 episodes
2005Jonny ZeroQuinnEpisode: "Pilot"
2005–06Veronica MarsGia Goodman8 episodes
2006Bedford Diaries, TheThe Bedford DiariesErin Kavenaugh2 episodes
2006–07Gilmore GirlsLucy8 episodes
2006–07'Til DeathAllison Stark5 episodes
2006JusticeEvaEpisode: "Christmas Party"
2007Big DayEllenEpisode: "The Ceremony"
2009–10Breaking BadJane Margolis9 episodes
2009Gossip GirlYoung Carol RhodesEpisode: "Valley Girls"
2010GravityLily ChampagneMain cast; 10 episodes
2011Love BitesCassieEpisode: "Firsts"
2012–13Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23ChloeMain cast; 26 episodes
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain
2013Robot ChickenDana Polk (voice)Episode: "Immortal"
2013Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowGina (voice)Episode: "California Dreamin' (All the Cleves Are Brown)"
2014Blacklist, TheThe BlacklistRowan and Nora Mills/Lord BaltimoreEpisode: "Lord Baltimore"
Web
YearTitleRoleNotes
2009Woke Up DeadCassieMain cast; 22 episodes

References[edit]

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  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). "Review: 'All This Intimacy'". Variety. PMC. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Barnes, Bartha, Camp & Ritter Set for Zach Braff's All New People at Second Stage". Broadway.com. May 26, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (February 13, 2009). ""Gossip Girl's" Newest Star Breaks Her Spin-Off Silence!". New York Post. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (February 6, 2009). "Krysten Ritter joins "Gossip Girl" spinoff". Reuters. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
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  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 14, 2009). "New series "Gravity" pulls in four actors". Reuters. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (December 13, 2009). "Ritter ready for 'Killing Bono'". Variety. PMC. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Nick Hamm Starts 'Killing Bono'". Irish Film and Television Network. January 6, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Smith, Alicia (August 4, 2010). "The horror-comedy "Vamps" filming in the Detroit area, stars Sigourney Weaver". WXYZ-TV. E. W. Scripps Company. Archived from the original on October 11, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2010. 
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  21. ^ "ABC Evicts "Apartment 23" After Two Seasons". The Futon Critic. January 22, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
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  23. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 6, 2014). "Craig Robinson Comedy Gets Series Order at NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ Patten, Dominic (July 9, 2013). "Krysten Ritter To Star In Jake Hoffman Directorial Debut 'Asthma'". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
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