Krysten Ritter has played the supporting roles in comedies like Confessions of a Shopaholic and She’s Out of My League and dramatic roles on shows like “Breaking Bad.”
ABC’s comedy “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23” is all about her. She plays Chloe, who is the B---- in question. It’s all acting though. Ritter was lovely in person, chatting with the Television Critics Association in a replica of Apartment 23.
CraveOnline: I think Chloe is adorable, but she scares me. Is that a good reaction?
Krysten Ritter: Yeah, I think that’s exactly what we’re going for: adorable but scary.
CraveOnline: Is she a little dangerous?
Krysten Ritter: She’s very dangerous. She has no morals, she does whatever she wants to do, she doesn’t worry about consequences. I think she’s exciting because she’s not pining after a guy. She’s a real modern chick.
CraveOnline: Is it ever exhausting to play her?
Krysten Ritter: No. I mean, she requires a certain amount of energy so I make sure to get my vitamins and a good night’s sleep so I can endure all she puts me through.
CraveOnline: Do you party like Chloe does?
Krysten Ritter: God, no. Honestly, you can’t drink and drive, so in L.A. I’m in bed by 9 o’clock and that’s about it.
CraveOnline: Is it a nice experience to be playing the most desirable person in the world?
Krysten Ritter: I’d be lying if I didn’t say I love it. It’s the best job ever and I also get to wear fabulous clothing. I can’t believe this is happening to me.
CraveOnline: It must’ve been fun to play cool supporting characters, but has it been a nice transition to the lead role?
Krysten Ritter: Yeah, for me I like to change it up. I want to do drama and comedy so I was lucky that they let me do this after “Breaking Bad.”
CraveOnline: Is the rhythm of “Don’t Trust the B----“ kind of like a ‘40s screwball comedy pace?
Krysten Ritter: It’s not that fast, though. ‘40s pacing is even faster. I can’t even keep up. James [van der Beek] and I just did a photoshoot that was inspired by His Girl Friday so we go to watch the movie and we’re like, “What are they even saying?” So we’re not that fast.
CraveOnline: Are you surprised by what Chloe does?
Krysten Ritter: I am, every week I can’t believe the stuff I’m getting away with and also what’s making it into the final edit of the show. We’ll shoot something on the day and I’ll be sure it’s not going to be on the show, it ends up being there.
CraveOnline: Do you ever draw the line and say no?
Krysten Ritter: I don’t personally but that’s me. I’m twisted too I guess.
CraveOnline: Do people treat you differently now?
Krysten Ritter: No, I think people just now know who I am on the street so that’s different and that’s weird.
CraveOnline: Do they say, “Hey Krysten” or “Hey Chloe?”
Krysten Ritter: No one ever says Chloe. They either say Krysten or The B.
CraveOnline: What do you know about doing a sitcom that you didn’t know last year?
Krysten Ritter: They care about where you are at all times. I approach every single job in the same exact way. This job, they’re like, “Krysten’s in the bathroom. Krysten’s at craft service. Krysten’s rounding the corner.” I’m like, someone’s always following you. Over your shoulder, like why are you following me? Because it matters where you are. They actually care where you are.
CraveOnline: You never had that experience on any other project before?
Krysten Ritter: Never, no, never. I’ve never felt that important before.
CraveOnline: Why do they follow you everywhere? Do they think they’re going to lose you?
Krysten Ritter: Because I think Dreama [Walker] and I both are needed for a lot of the time because we’re in every scene. If they can’t find us or if some department needs something, it’s good to keep tabs on us.
CraveOnline: What are the perks?
Krysten Ritter: The perks, it’s the same. It’s the same job but people are a little bit more collaborative I think.
CraveOnline: Are they giving you a lot of free stuff in real life?
Krysten Ritter: I get some stuff, nothing crazy. I like to keep my load light. I don’t like to have a lot of stuff, but every once in a while, sure, the perks are okay.
CraveOnline: Do you get to keep the fabulous wardrobe?
Krysten Ritter: Every once in a while I will “borrow” something, borrow in quotes, yes.
CraveOnline: Did you have anything to do with Bryan Cranston doing the promo?
Krysten Ritter: I did, yeah. You know, “Breaking Bad” is such an amazing family over there, they’re so supportive. He sent me a bottle of champagne and a letter congratulating me when the show aired and I framed it and put it on my fridge. It just goes to show how deep they all roll.
CraveOnline: Do you like comedy better than drama now?
Krysten Ritter: I love laughing all day, but I want to flex that muscle and change it up and continue to grow as an actor. I love laughing, but I also love doing more dramatic work.
CraveOnline: Have you had to have roommates over the years?
Krysten Ritter: I haven’t. I was a model when I was a teenage so I lived with several girls then, but I’ve been such a vagabond and I have such a transient lifestyle, I have lived out of a suitcase since I was 16 years old so I’ve never had any horrible roommates only because I haven’t stayed in one place long enough.
CraveOnline: How is Chloe changing since the first season?
Krysten Ritter: Her evolvement I think is to not evolve.
CraveOnline: If she doesn’t evolve are we going to stop liking her?
Krysten Ritter: Well, I think for her, every episode she’s a little bit more exposed, but I think for her, the party girl is going to continue to party.
CraveOnline: What kind of guy would be of any interest at all to Chloe?
Krysten Ritter: He’d have to really challenge her and keep her on her toes.
CraveOnline: Would she want that or would she just go, “Forget that?”
Krysten Ritter: It would have to be pretty exciting. I can’t imagine her every settling down or pining after any guy but if he’s out there, I think it’d be an exciting thing to watch.