EXCLUSIVE: Krysten Ritter and 'Jessica Jones' Co-Stars Reveal Their Hopes for Season 2
By Meredith B. Kile
Fans fell in love with Krysten Ritter as Marvel’s reluctantly badass P.I. Jessica Jones in the first season of the gritty Netflix series, and for Ritter, the feeling was mutual.
“I love how she’s so badass and so cool, so vulnerable and really strong, inside and out,” the actress gushed to ET about her character. “I love everything about her.”
Ritter said that she fell more and more in love with playing the boozy heroine with “every page” of her Season 1 scripts, and said she’s as eager as the fans to get started on her Season 2 adventures!
“That’s the thing with Netflix shows, you binge them so quickly and the you’re like, ‘Wait. What’s left?’” she said with a laugh. “I’m in the same boat. I watched it the same weekend everybody else did, so I’m lining up as well for Season 2.”
Despite the titular hero’s propensity toward being a loner, the true magic of Jessica Jones shines through in her relationships with other characters, particularly adopted sister-turned-BFF Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor).
“That was one of the most exciting things about the show, that female friendship,” Ritter marveled. “At the heart of it, that’s really what it’s about. It’s about that relationship with her very best friend, her sister. I just loved how honest and real it was.”
Taylor told ET that the honesty between Jessica and Trish was also one of her favorite things to play in the show’s first season.
“I think people really respond to seeing a female friendship that is not perfect,” she explained. “And they’re never talking about shoes or a boyfriend. Their own story is enough to sustain a narrative, and I think that’s really cool.”
“They have so much history, these characters together. And a lot of it is just the natural chemistry that I have with Krysten,” Taylor added. “She’s a hard worker, she’s talented, she’s professional, but she’s a girl’s girl as well. She knows how to have a good time and support other women. I admired her a lot, shooting with her, and learned a lot from her.”
The actresses also shared their hopes for their characters in Season 2. Taylor, in particular, is excited to dive more into her character’s backstory, but she stayed tight-lipped about whether or not Trish would be following her comic canon transition into superhero Hellcat.
“I think there’s so many layers to this character,” the actress explained. “One of the things I’m really looking forward to, aside from all of the potential martial arts or athleticism, is seeing her relationship with her mother unfold a little bit more. I had a really good time working with [Rebecca De Mornay, who played Trish’s overbearing stage mom, Dorothy] and obviously working with Krysten and seeing their friendship unfold in different ways. There’s lots to play with.”
“I’m so excited to see what they come up with,” Ritter said of the “fantastic” Jessica Jones writing team. “[I’d love] to dig deeper into the psychology of the aftermath of [Season 1 villain] Kilgrave (David Tennant), and maybe we could do a couple big stunts. I’d be down for that.”
Fans are also jonesing to see more development of the relationship between Jessica and Luke Cage (Mike Colter). The steamy couple’s intense chemistry landed them a top spot on ET’s list of Sexiest TV Couples of 2015, but they left things up in the air at the end of the show's first season.
“I love me some Mike Coulter,” Ritter said with a laugh. “[Jessica and Luke] are so different, but they both have something kind of broken inside, and they identify with each other because of that. There’s just some magic that happens”
“I love their relationship,” the actress added. “I loved it in the original comic books, in [comic series] Alias, and Mike’s a joy to work with. We had a lot of fun.”
“It’s something you can’t put your finger on,” Colter agreed. “Either you have it or you don’t...We’re on the same page, in a sense, we know that our chemistry makes our relationship work and it's important, so we go with it.”
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg told ET that she is just starting to creatively “gear up” for Jessica Jones Season 2, but assured fans that they can expect more of what they loved from the first season.
“Jessica Jones, her journey is a very personal one, it’s very intimate,” Rosenberg explained, adding that her show, and its main character, differ from some of Marvel’s more large-scale superhero endeavors. “So, the guys coming in to take over the city, she doesn’t really care, she’s like ‘Take us down, I just need to pay my rent.’ Whatever we do, it will be personal to her. It will be a personal story.”
And, while Jessica Jones Season 2 isn’t set to begin production until next year, fans will have a chance to see their favorite boozy P.I. in action in Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming Defenders series, which features Jessica and Luke working alongside Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). But no one involved seems to thinks the badass heroine will have a hard time keeping up in the male-dominated team up.
“She’s gonna hold her own,” Colter assured. “I think it’s going to be great to have the one girl, I don’t think any girl doesn’t like being the only girl in the room. I think she’s going to be just fine.”
“I wouldn’t bet against Jessica Jones or Krysten Ritter at any moment,” Marvel Television EVP Jeph Loeb agreed. “She’s a dynamic actress and it’s a fantastic role. She’s really important to our side of the Marvel universe. All I can tell you [about Defenders] is they all have great roles. Our showrunners have turned in a remarkable, epic story, where everyone feels like they’re telling more of their own ongoing tale.” Reporting by Leanne Aguilera.