Are you excited about Netflix's impending release of Marvel's Jessica Jones this Friday, Nov. 20? If you're not, you should be. Jessica Jones is heavily embedded in the Marvel universe—her father's boss was Tony Stark and she went to high school with Peter Parker (Spider Man), fought the Avengers and roomed with the X-Men. As far as Marvel's superheroes go, Jones is prolific. Her special power is super strength caused by radiation, with limited invulnerability and the ability to fly. Netflix's interpretation is heralded as dark and gritty, even more so than their Daredevil series (which bodes well for Jessica Jones). The enigmatic Jones will be played by Krysten Ritter, who you may or may not remember from such shows as Breaking Bad and Gilmore Girls.
Maybe you're familiar with Ritter, maybe you're not, or maybe you are and you just don't realize it yet. She's done a lot in her long screen career. Whether you're a die hard Ritter fan or fresh on the scene, here's everything you need to know about the star who's about to become a super hero star...
1. She was raised on a farm
Ritter grew up on a cattle ranch near Shickshinny, Pennsylvania. It's a far cry from the urban New York upbringing of Jessica Jones, but as an adult Ritter has lived in both New York and Los Angeles.
2. She began her career as a model
Ritter is an actress now, but she began her life in front of the camera as a model. She had one of those dream experiences where she was scouted at her local shopping mall by a model agent, and the rest is history. She started traveling to New York throughout high school to take modeling jobs, and eventually signed with Elite Model Management and later Wilhelmina Models. Since then she’s appeared in catalog, magazine editorial, television commercials and runways in Milan, New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
3. You'll probably remember her from one of your favorite cult TV shows
She was the star of Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23, but you'll definitely remember Ritter from elsewhere, for instance: as Jane in Breaking Bad, Lucy in Gilmore Girls, Carol Rhodes in Gossip Girl or as Gia in Veronica Mars.
4. She's also big on the movie rom com scene
Not only has Ritter been in your favorite TV shows, she’s popped up in a lot of our favorite so-bad-they’re-good rom coms, including What Happens in Vegas, 27 Dresses, Confessions of a Shopaholic, She's Out of My League, and Big Eyes.
5. She's a musician
That’s right, Krysten Ritter is a triple threat. Not only can she model and act, she sings and plays guitar in a band called Ex Vivian.
6. She's an animal rights activist
Ritter just keeps on impressing. As well as having an impressive career in front of the camera, Ritter's also a campaigner for animal rights. Not only does she make our lives brighter with acting and music, she's also working towards making the world a better place for our animal buds. In 2013, Ritter combined her talents and modeled for a PETA shoot warning against the dangers of leaving dogs locked in cars.
7. She dates Adam Granduciel
Obviously, Ritter is so much more than who she dates, being talented and accomplished in her own right. But it's worth noting that her boyfriend is Adam Granduciel frontman and main songwriter of the band The War on Drugs. He also used to play in Kurt Vile's band. And that's pretty cool.