“Veronica Mars is definitely a major highlight in my career thus far. Other highlights have been meeting a few of my favorite directors. I got to meet Robert Benton recently and I have had the privilege of working with Robert Altman and Kenneth Lonergan. Really, any time I get to act is a highlight in my book.” Krysten Ritter
American actress Krysten Ritter is probably best known for playing Gia Goodman in the second season of “Veronica Mars,” a series starring Kristen Bell in the title role. She also had recurring roles in “Gilmore Girls” (2006-2007, as Lucy), “'Til Death” (2006-2007, as Allison Stark) and “Breaking Bad” (2009, as Jane Margolis) and appeared in guest roles on “Law & Order” and “Gossip Girl.” On the big screen, Ritter has appeared in many movies, including “Mona Lisa Smile” (2003, with Julia Roberts), “Slingshot” (2005), “Frost” (2008, with Jason Behr), “27 Dresses” (2008, with Katherine Heigl), “What Happens in Vegas” (2008, with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher) and “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (2009, with Isla Fisher). She gained rave reviews for her work in the play “All This Intimacy” (2006). Starting out as a model for the Elite Model Management and then Wilhelmina Models, Ritter left the world of modeling in 2001 to act full time.
“I am definitely looking for a great film or theatre role that will really challenge me. I want to do something I haven't gotten to do before.” Krysten Ritter
Ritter, whose favorite comedic actors include Jim Carey, Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, Tracy Ullman and Steve Martin, will play roles in the upcoming films “Margaret” (2009), “BuzzKill” (2009), “How to Make Love to a Woman” (2009) and “She's Out of My League” (2010).
In addition to acting, Ritter is also interested in music. She plays the guitar and sings in the New York City group Ex Vivian. She said, “I love all kinds of music. I wouldn't necessarily say I'm a country singer, but I do think Ex Vivian has a hint of it here and there.”
Ritter currently lives in Los Angeles. She is dating a music video director named Scott Culver.
Childhood and Family:
Krysten Alyce Ritter was born on December 16, 1981, in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. She was raised on a farm in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, in which her mother, stepfather and sister still reside. Her father lives in is Benton, a borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. After being discovered in a local mall, she began modeling in New York and Philadelphia. After modeling for five years, she branched out to acting and studied under the famed couch Marjorie Ballentine.
The 5' 9” beauty is a passionate writer. She enjoys reading, yoga and hanging out with friends. Krysten is also a dog lover.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
15-year-old Krysten Ritter attracted the attention of Elite Modeling scouts while at a shopping mall in her Pennsylvania hometown. She started modeling in New York and Pennsylvania while in high school and by age 18, had moved to New York to further pursue her career. Later signed with Wilhelmina Models, Ritter modeled in such cities as Barcelona, Milan, Paris, Tokyo and New York. She also appeared in many print ads and on television commercials.
At age 21, after modeling for five years, Ritter tried her hand at
acting. She started out with an unaccredited part as a model in
“Someone Like You...,” a 2001 comedy directed by Tony
Goldwyn and starring Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear, Hugh Jackman, Marisa
Tomei and Ellen Barkin. The following year, she appeared as a girl on
a couch in a short film called “Freshening Up,” and as a
model in the comedy “Garmento,” for filmmaker Michele
Ritter's acting career began to improve when she landed a small role in “Mona Lisa Smile” (2003), which was directed by Mike Newell and starred Julia Roberts. The same year, she also played Mara in David Sigal's comedy “The Look.” Ritter made her TV series acting debut in 2004 with guest roles in “Whoopi,” a short-lived sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg, and “Law & Order,” one of the longest-running primetime drama series in television history. She also appeared as a saleswoman in two episodes of the four-part series “Tanner on Tanner,” the sequel to the 1988 Robert Altman directed miniseries “Tanner '88,” and portrayed Kay on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” (both also 2004).
Ritter next costarred with Jake Sandvig and Jonathan Sadowski in “Pool Guys,” a 2005 half-hour comedy pilot for the Fox TV Network, and played Quinn in the pilot episode of the soon-canceled series “Jonny Zero” (also 2005). She then appeared with David Arquette, Thora Birch, Balthazar Getty, Julianna Margulies and Joely Fisher in the Jay Alaimo-directed feature “Slingshot,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2005, but it was her recurring role on the teen drama “Veronica Mars” that brought the model-turned-actress her first real notice. She played Gia Goodman, the mayor's daughter, in eight episodes from September 2005 to May 2006.
2006 saw Ritter do another TV series pilot, “Inseparable,” with Christine Baranski, Rachel Boston and Coby Ryan McLaughlin, and have the recurring roles of Erin Kavenaugh and Eva Moore in “The Bedford Diaries” and the crime series “Justice,” respectively. She then won the multi-episode role of Lucy, the friend of Rory Gilmore (played by Alexis Bledel), on the comedy series “Gilmore Girls,” which starred Bledel and Lauren Graham. Ritter was on the show from October 2006 to May 2007. In December 2006, she began the recurring role of Allison on the Fox sitcom “'Til Death.”
Ritter was soon cast opposite Marisa Tomei, Erick Avari, Angus Macfadyen and Cynthia Watros in “The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud” (2007), a TV series pilot for CBS. She also appeared as Ellen in “The Ceremony” (2007), an episode of the short-lived series “Big Day,” which starred Marla Sokoloff. The same year, she also appeared in the film “Heavy Petting,” which was directed and written by Marcel Sarmiento and starred Malin Akerman and Brendan Hines. The indie comedy debuted at the Hollywood Film Festival on October 20, 2007, and was released theatrically in the U.S. in July 2008. Ritter followed it up with a costarring role opposite Jason Behr and Monet Mazur in the Slamdance Film Festival-premiered “Frost” (2008), directed by Steve Clark. She returned to a small part in “27 Dresses” (2008), which starred Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. She then had the memorable supporting role of Kelly in the Cameron Diaz/Ashton Kutcher vehicle “What Happens in Vegas” (2008).
After appearing in Tom Everett Scott's short “Glock” (2009), Ritter was cast opposite Isla Fisher in “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” a 2009 big screen adaptation of the “Shopaholic” series of novels by Sophie Kinsella. Directed by P.J. Hogan, the comedy rose to the top 10 (#4) in its opening weekend although it earned primarily negative reviews. In April 2009, Ritter began her role of Jane Margolis in the 2008 quirky dark comedy series “Breaking Bad,” starring Bryan Cranston. A month later, she starred as Carol Rhodes on an episode of The CW's “Gossip Girl” called “Valley Girls.”
Krysten recently completed filming “Margaret,” a drama from director/writer Kenneth Lonergan that stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo and Jean Reno, and “BuzzKill,” a dark comedy in which she stars with Daniel Raymont. She was also cast with Mike Vogel, Jay Baruchel and Lindsay Sloane in Jim Field Smith's comedy “She's Out of My League,” which is slated for a 2010 release, and will play Lauren in “How to Make Love to a Woman” (2009), a comedy adapted from a best-seller by adult film star Jenna Jameson. Scott Culver is the director of the comedy film.
Ritter is also a stage actress. In 2005, she appeared in “Girl Shoes,” a play by Mary Hanes that was directed by Leah Bonvisutto, at NYC's Red Room Theater. She earned praise for her performance in “All This Intimacy,” a 2006 two act off-Broadway play by Rajiv Joseph, at the Second Stage Theatre.