“When Krysten Ritter signed on as the titular character in Netflix’s noir drama “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” she was drawn to the idea of the series as a psychological character study. Crashing into street signs would come later.
Unlike most Marvel screen properties, the drama relies almost entirely on practical effects. “I had a lot of fun doing the stunts,” Ritter said recently in a chat with The Envelope. But the wire work took a little getting used to. “My first time, I swung into a street sign,” the actress admits.
The 13-episode first season of the drama about a troubled superhero-turned-private detective was an instant critical favorite upon its release last fall. It has been renewed for a second season — though it will be awhile before those episodes hit the streaming service. Production has been held off to make time for “The Defenders,” the “Avengers”-esque miniseries that brings together the Marvel-Netflix heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
So is it sort of surreal to be a Marvel hero?
The whole thing is just more than I could have ever imagined. Getting this part completely changed my life. It changed where I live and it changed the amount of promotion, the shooting. It’s changed everything.
It must have been a lot to get into Jessica that we don’t see on screen, to create that back story for her, and to live in those emotions?
That’s the exciting part for an actor. So getting a character with this incredibly rich back story — everything she does is informed by this back story — is really exciting, because I always knew where I was coming from…”