Krysten Ritter praises 'Apartment 23' pilot, calls new film female 'Swingers'
Krysten Ritter says the script for the first episode of her new ABC series, "Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23," was the best comedy pilot screenplay she's ever read.
The 30-year-old actress is a screenwriter herself and made her comments at the recent premiere of the indie comedy movie "L!fe Happens," the first on-screen project she helped pen.
In "Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23," Ritter plays title character Chloe, a manipulative New York City girl who allows Indiana native June, played by Dreama Walker, to live in her home but soon shows that she may be the roommate from hell. She parades around naked, brings home strange men, overcharges her for rent and has sex with June's fiance, although the latter move is made, surprisingly, with good intentions.
"It's really funny and edgy and out there and really fresh," Ritter told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I love the show. I'm so proud of it. In terms of comedy, it was the best pilot that I'd read. I'm really excited to be a part of it."
The episode aired on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET, after "Modern Family." It was watched by almost 7 million people and earned a rating of 2.9 among adults aged 18 to 49, according to preliminary estimates.
The show also stars James Van Der Beek, known for playing the title character on the WB drama "Dawson's Creek," as a fictionalized version of himself and a friend of Chloe.
"My character is the best character I've ever played in my life," he told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the "L!fe Happens" premiere. "He's me, but like, not me at all. We have so much fun. We laugh all day long. If you like your humor neat and inoffensive, do not watch under any circumstances."
He does not star in "L!fe Happens," although it does feature other former teen icons Rachel Bilson of "The O.C." and "Hart of Dixie" and "American Pie" star Jason Biggs, who appeared with Van Der Beek in the 2001 comedy movie "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," which saw them play fictionalized versions of themselves.
Biggs is enjoying his own comeback with a new "American Pie" sequel - "American Reunion," which was released last week.
In "L!fe Happens," Ritter plays a new mother who struggles to maintain her friendship with best friend Deena, played by Kate Bosworth. Ritter co-wrote the movie with director and best friend, Kat Coiro.
"We've been best friends forever and we always wanted to write the sort of female "Swingers" and then she had a baby, and there you go," Ritter told OnTheRedCarpet.com, referring to the 1996 cult male-dominated "bromance" film starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau.
Ritter, a native of Pennsylvania, is also a musician and began her on-screen acting career about 10 years ago. She played the daughter of Steve Guttenberg's character in the mystery series "Veronica Mars" and Jane Margolis on the AMC show "Breaking Bad." She has also appeared in films such as "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "She's Out of My League" and "What Happens in Vegas."
"L!fe Happens" hit theaters on Friday, April 13.
"I love both projects so much," Ritter added about the ABC series and her new film. "It's like the most exciting thing ever - to have a TV show that you love and a movie that you wrote with your best friend. It's the coolest thing."
"The really cool thing about this movie, it's an all-female cast," she said, adding: "With some boys as well. Hot ones."