And unlike her character, she loves a good stiletto.
As the tough-as-nails superhero Jessica Jones in Netflixâ€™s Marvel universe, Krysten Ritter wears basically the same outfit in every scene. But while the actress and her character share a love of leather jackets, worn-in jeans, and moto boots, Ritterâ€™s got a softer side â€” a fact evident in both her passion for knitting (#krystenknitter) and herpreference for sparkle on the red carpet.
I caught up with Ritter at Saks Fifth Avenueâ€™s 10022-SHOE salon in NYC â€” where we kept getting distracted by stilettos â€” to discuss her Jessica Jones uniform, her most recent fashion splurge, and why you just might catch one of her knitwear creations on Netflix next year.
Youâ€™ve said before that Jessica Jones will never wear heels. But will you?
When I get dolled up, Iâ€™m rocking a heel for sure â€” and Iâ€™m 5â€™10â€! I donâ€™t typically do a platform; I like a good, skinny stiletto thatâ€™s not too high. Because if I get too tall, I kind of get Tall Girl Syndrome and start to slouch. As weird as it sounds, Iâ€™m more of an introvert, so when I get too tall I feel like, ahhh, everyoneâ€™s looking at me!
Any shoe-shopping hacks you can share?
So I have a new trick as a grown woman â€” this took a lot of time for me to figure out â€” but when you buy heels, you have to size up. I wear a 9.5 or a 10, and I get it: Itâ€™s not fun when the shoes come out in your size and they look like boats. But your feet will thank you. And nobody knows [what size they are] â€” and also, who cares?!
Hard agree, as a size 10.5. Okay, so whatâ€™s your absolute favorite pair currently in your closet?
I have some Prada boots that I bought myself as a present this past fall before going to work on The Defenders, which was going to lead right into Jessica Jones season 2; thatâ€™s one full year of production. And I donâ€™t normally splurge like this, but I found these Prada boots that were just the epitome of Krysten as a teenager, wearing Hot Topic, except all grown-up and high fashion. Theyâ€™re like a combat boot meets a motorcycle boot, and theyâ€™ve got three buckles across them…
Kind of like Jessica Jonesâ€™s!
Yes, but more feminine. Because Jessicaâ€™s had hers for, like, 10 years, and these have a little bit more of a heel; theyâ€™re a little bit more fashion. They look good with skinny jeans â€” and of course, Jessica doesnâ€™t wear skinny jeans. She sticks with her relaxed-fit pair, because sheâ€™s gotta kick ass! But theyâ€™re everything I ever dreamed of in a boot.
If you could trade closets with either Jessica or Chloe from Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, who would you choose?
Both of them have such fantastic, iconic looks, but theyâ€™re polar opposites. So what Iâ€™d do is take a little bit from each. Like, Iâ€™m a jeans and boots and leather jacket kind of girl, and I actually brought a lot of those ideas to the character and how I wanted her to look. But Iâ€™ve kind of ruined it for myself, because now if Iâ€™m walking down the street, people are like, â€œOh hey, itâ€™s Jessica Jones!â€ [Laughs]
So Iâ€™d mix Chloeâ€™s cool high-waisted skirts and off-the-shoulder stuff with [Jessicaâ€™s] cool boots and leather jackets. Because Iâ€™m somewhere between the two myself.
Wait, tell me more about your input on your Jessica Jones wardrobe!
When Iâ€™m getting into a new character, I start with her physicality and how she carries herself, how she holds her body. And Iâ€™ve got to put on the right shoes â€” or boots! â€” to make me feel like Iâ€™m not still Krysten. So I had a real image of how I wanted Jessica to look.
In the comic books, she wore this leather jacket thatâ€™s more like a trench, which to me looked a little period. So I was like, â€œLetâ€™s put her in this armor-like moto jacket, and beat it up and soften it to make it look like it actually lived on the floor.â€ I fought pretty hard for this look. I said, â€œI promise, if we nail this look, itâ€™ll be a Halloween costume.â€ And thatâ€™s exactly what happened!
Youâ€™re an avid knitter â€” and conveniently, Jessica loves a good snood. Any chance weâ€™ll see some of your work make its way into your show wardrobe?
I did knit this really great, cute little sweater that Iâ€™m hoping we can get on Rachael[Taylor, who plays Trish Walker on Jessica Jones]. Sheâ€™s a dear friend, so Iâ€™m always knitting stuff and giving it to her. I made her a sweater, I made her a little T-shirt â€” and itâ€™d be awesome to get something on the show.
Practically speaking, I canâ€™t really knit Jessica Jonesâ€™s snood, because Iâ€™d have to make seven of them! I have a stunt double, I have a No. 2 double, I have a photo double, we have a stand-in, thereâ€™s me, and then thereâ€™s a backup. And I donâ€™t have that kind of time! But thatâ€™d definitely be #goals.
Season 1 of The Defenders is now streaming on Netflix â€” as are seasons 1 and 2 ofDon’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, which you should also definitely watch.