12:26 pm - 04/21/2012

Krysten Ritter News Roundup

Krysten Ritter, 'The B---- in Apt 23,' is One of TV's First 21st Century Chicks

With the major exception of The Good Wife (CBS), there's really not much that piques my interest on network television these days. Indeed, it increasingly seems as if everything and everyone with any originality or daring has migrated to cable. But, that being said, there is one new network show that, I must confess, has me a little excited: Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, which debuts tonight at 9:30, right after Modern Family. yea, sorry, this is a little old, lol Why? In part because of the unusual title; in part because it has been endlessly promoted on ABC, its affiliated channels (ESPN, etc.), and in movie theater promos; and in part because it is attempting the tongue-in-cheek feat of having James Van Der Beek, the forgotten Dawson's Creek (WB) alum (as in not Katie HolmesMichelle Williams, or Joshua Jackson), portray -- you guessed it -- James Van Der Beek.

But the show's biggest draw for me, far and away, is the fact that it stars Krysten Ritter, the 30-year-old actress who I first noticed during season two ofBreaking Bad (AMC),

on which she portrayed Jane, the moody, drug-addicted, and -- spoiler alert -- ill-fated girlfriend of Jesse (Aaron Paul).

In Apt. 23, as the show is destined to be called in PG-13 America, Ritter plays a city girl who repeatedly cons and crosses her naive new roommate (Dreama Walker, who played Becca, Alan Cumming's young nemesis, on The Good Wife). Ritter has described her character as "Holly Golightly and the devil combined."

What impressed me most about Ritter on Breaking Bad, and in the lengthy promos that I've seen for Apt. 23, is her unmistakable, unflappable sense of self. Like Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, she's not a conventional beauty, but she's much sexier than most who are because -- I believe -- of the striking contrast between her childlike, almost cartoonishly-cute appearance (pouting, big eyes, bangs, flowery dresses) and the very adult things that she says and does (and the comfort and confidence with which she does them).

Moreover, in the great tradition of Louise Brooks and Barbara Stanwyck, she has no problem doing whatever she wants and/or has to do to get by -- such as turning on her inner daddy's girl to avoid being sent to rehab in Breaking Bad and blatantly lying to and stealing from her roomie on Apt. 23 -- and couldn't really give a shit what you or anyone else thinks about it. In fact, the only thing that impresses her are people who prove that they have the gumption to navigate this crazy world as effectively and ruthlessly as she does.

In short, she is one of the first truly 21st century chicks on TV.

That, I appreciate, does not necessarily mean that Apt. 23 will turn out to be any good or survive very long. THR's TV critic Tim Goodman called the show "fresh and funny, with fast-paced jokes and witty  cynicism in abundance," but others have been less kind; one gossip columnist recently tweeted that it is "atrocious beyond belief" and urged people who might be thinking about watching it to instead "go outside, learn cupcake making," or do anything but spend a half-hour each week watching the show.

If the latter opinion is proven right; it wouldn't be the first time that the restrictive confines of network TV and/or just plain shitty writing have suffocated the talents of someone like Ritter. But make no mistake about it: one way or another, Ritter is here to stay for as long as she damn well pleases, just like the young women she plays.

Krysten Ritter: Don't Trust the B---- on United Flight 841

Krysten Ritter was involved in a nasty verbal clash with a male flight attendant Friday that left her fighting back tears ... witnesses aboard the flight tell TMZ.

According to the witnesses, Ritter was on a flight from NYC to LA that was experiencing severe turbulence. We're told at one point Ritter -- whose show "Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23" premiered this week -- got up when the "fasten seatbelt" sign was on ... and she was immediately confronted by a male flight attendant. 

Our sources say the flight attendant was "very aggressive" and yelled at her to sit back down. We're told Ritter was so distraught by the confrontation, she was on the verge of a tearfest.

According to our sources, the supervising flight attendant got wind of what went down and spoke with Krysten. We're told that flight attendant apologized and told Krysten she felt the male flight attendant was out of line and that disciplinary action would most likely be taken. 

We spoke with Krysten once she landed -- take a look.

Krysten Ritter Drops by "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Taking care of some media duties, Krysten Ritter was spotted at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studios in Hollywood last night (April 16).

The "Breaking Bad" starlet was all smiles as she plugged her brand new show, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."

Kimmel also inquired as to Ms. Ritter's upbringing, which opened up a whole new realm of down-home discussion.

Krysten shared, "I'm originally from this tiny little town in Pennsylvania called Shickshinny -- I didn't make that up -- and I'm from a beef farm." 

"I wanted a horse, but my stepfather says that they are 'hayburners,' so I wasn't allowed to have one... I did have a cow that I taught how to ride. I was sort of a town oddity." 

I love this show and I actually love her on it. I didn't care for her on Veronica Mars or Gilmore Girls, so it's refreshing to see her in something where she really fits the role! Love this show (and JVDB!) and everyone should watch, imo!

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ljubavirakija 21st-Apr-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
I have yet to watch this show.

What's ONTD's consensus: love, hate, indifferent?
affliction 21st-Apr-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
I'd like to know too~
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
give it a shot!
hrdtxpln 21st-Apr-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I think I'll start it after finals.
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
I love it, tbh. I didn't really know what to expect bc Krysten Ritter generally annoys me, but she actually is great in the role, it's funny, and James van der Beek steals every scene he is in
miabloodymia 21st-Apr-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
ontd is my barometer for whether a show is watchable or not lol.
dancedallnight 21st-Apr-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
james van der beek as himself makes watching this show worth it
spoiled_water 21st-Apr-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
It's great, watch it. the Kenzi icon btw.
_underwhelmed 21st-Apr-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
i dont think its awful, the first 2 eps made me lol a couple of times. james van der beek is hilarious
williammiller 21st-Apr-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I really like it and I didn't expect to. It's not the best show on ABC, but it's certainly not the worst. I think it's pretty funny.
theladyflash 21st-Apr-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
I like it. JVB parodying himself is amusing.
wakeupinacity 21st-Apr-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
watch it for james van der beek as himself, if anything
sweet_honesty 21st-Apr-2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
I like it.
bee_xx3 21st-Apr-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'll watch.
fight4thislove 21st-Apr-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
love the show. i think its hilarious
kennacious 21st-Apr-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
How the hell did TMZ know all about her fight with the steward almost immediately after she landed from that very flight?
kiki3291 21st-Apr-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
People were apparently tweeting about it.
wapiko 21st-Apr-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
I thought this too. I'd be creeped out.
goldenmeans 21st-Apr-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
She'll always be Rory Gilmore's obnoxious friend to me.
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
I hated how she didn't call Marty "Marty," but "Boyfriend" all the time
ms_mmelissa 21st-Apr-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)

I think this is the origin of my hate. She was always such a try-hard, attempting to be all ~free-spirited and different.
we_eat_coldcuts 21st-Apr-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
She is Gia Goodwin, daughter of pedophile sociopath from Veronica Mars, to me.
sastra_fuss 21st-Apr-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
kiandra_fire 21st-Apr-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
letmypidgeonsgo 22nd-Apr-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
lillylilacs 21st-Apr-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
ia, ugh I can't stand her
miabloodymia 21st-Apr-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
the way celebrities talk to paparazzi in the way she's doing now is the way i talk to homeless people when they try to engage me in conversation and i don't want to be rude.
deegeeme 21st-Apr-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
my EXACT thought. Especially the big, teeth-baring "don't fuck with me" smile
inthemirror 21st-Apr-2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
ughh I live in SF so that is basically my daily life.
laserlipstick 21st-Apr-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
it's not as good as happy endings but it's pretty funny :)
screwhim 21st-Apr-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
is this an endorsement? really?
laserlipstick 21st-Apr-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
no? it took the time slot of happy endings after it's season finale so i started watching it lol. everyone on ontd turns everything into snark, its ridic.
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
affliction 21st-Apr-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
jeez she's pretty
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
ia, i think she's cute. there's something different about her
whitegirlthin 21st-Apr-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Are those pills in her hand??
manaconda 21st-Apr-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
lol nothing beats turkish airlines flight attendants, though i've heard bad things about southwestern. one of them snapped at my mom for asking for water for my bb sister. another acted like she couldn't understand me when i was asking for a sandwich. another passenger had to tell her what i wanted. she would also constantly skip me when they were handing out drinks. they were only nice on the way to turkey from the us.

my favorites are azerbaijan's.
therealycats 21st-Apr-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
How r00d!
actxappalledx spamming my own post, but I D C21st-Apr-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)

ia, girl, ia
spoiled_water Re: spamming my own post, but I D C21st-Apr-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
mynamehere07 Re: spamming my own post, but I D C21st-Apr-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
That scene was great. The fact that she would get a kid drunk to get info was so crazy and messed up.
genbu_no_miko24 21st-Apr-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
The show can be a little bland, but it does have it's interesting twists
greenscarrf 21st-Apr-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
she has such a unique look
goldenmeans 21st-Apr-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
She reminds me of a deer.
treebraids 21st-Apr-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
There is something off about her face. I thought it was her lips, but now I don't know.
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
i think maybe her nose? i like it tho. she's something different. i think she's really qt
totalroyalty 21st-Apr-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
her face is a bit more asymmetrical than other actresses' but i find her more compelling, maybe it's because I doubt she's had anything done and her coloring is natural (I think? lol)
myblackass 21st-Apr-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
She has all of Anne Hathaway's features on a Muppet Show Beeker sized face.
peenpoop 21st-Apr-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
She has bird-like features
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
spydergamez 21st-Apr-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
The show is surprisingly decent for it to have so few episodes. It takes a while for sitcoms to get its legs or w/e the expression is. But so far is shames and embarrasses 2 Broke Girls.
spydergamez 21st-Apr-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
hi who am i giving a review to?
patito18 21st-Apr-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
didnt the blonde girl used to be one of blair waldorf's minions in season 1?
actxappalledx 21st-Apr-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
ms_mmelissa 21st-Apr-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
The two girl leads were both on Gossip Girl.
yourlivewire 21st-Apr-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
really, when was krysten on gossip girl?

EDIT: fuck you and your 500 errors, lj.

Edited at 2012-04-21 07:09 pm (UTC)
hateistoodark 21st-Apr-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Omg she was that's why she seemed familar
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