Krysten Ritter: Jessica Jones Not A Very Good Superhero

Krysten Ritter plays the role of Jessica Jones in the Netflix series of the same name. During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress dished on the series, and shared a few things about her character that might come as a surprise.

Ritter says her character is “as developed in the show as she is in the comics.”


Krysten Ritter read all of the comics when she landed the part. She explains that Jessica Jones is a former superhero with a dark past that comes back to haunt her.

Those unfamiliar with the Marvel comic book series will be surprised to learn that Jessica Jones isn’t what most expect of a superhero.

“She represses a lot of her abilities. She kind of wants nothing to do with it, but when she has to, she will rise to the occasion. She’s super strong. She’s a bit of a brawler. She can fly, but not well … at all. So she doesn’t do that often, because she’s so bad at it. She’s just not a very good superhero. She’s a real misfit. She’s a real f—ing misfit,” Krysten Ritter explains.

The actress recently wrapped eight straight months of filming–the most she’s ever worked in this field at one time. She believes her lack of sleep during that time lent itself to her character.


“That’s part of it. Jessica Jones doesn’t sleep much either. All of it really feeds the character. She doesn’t sleep. She’s got odd hours. It works for the role,” Krysten Ritter says.

The 13-episode season of Jessica Jones is now available on Netflix. Even those without a penchant for poring over comics will find a lot to love–even if the heroine comes up short in her superhero prowess.


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