Jessica Jones Star Krysten Ritter on David Tennant, Doctor Who Fandom
On the Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast, Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter discussed David Tennant, Doctor Who fandom, and more.
So the last time we checked in with the latest episode of the Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast (subscribe to the YouTube channel here), host Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Krysten Ritter were discussing the possibility of Ritter returning as Jessica Jones to Marvel Studios' MCU in much the same way that Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio & Jon Bernthal either have or are about to soon. This time around, we're combining two major fandoms as Rosenbaum & Ritter discuss what it was like for Ritter to work with David Tennant, the Doctor Who legend who also co-starred with Ritter on Jessica Jones as vicious big bad Kilgrave. Spoiler? Ritter's a big fan. From there, the duo discusses what it's like when you see firsthand just how popular Tennant is when the Doctor Who fans come calling.
When the conversation shifts to Tennant at around the 44:05 mark, Ritter explains how there would be scenes where she would get a chance to watch him work his craft – and then offers him what might be one of the best compliments ever: "This guy is fucking jazz." Asked if she finds working with someone as talented as Tennant intimidating or exciting – Ritter makes it clear that it's definitely the latter for her. From there, the conversation shifts to how rare it is to be working with someone like that who makes you want to elevate your game. From there, Ritter explains how much she enjoys those moments and those scenes where she can lose herself in the character and the moment – with the understanding that that won't happen every time and may not happen at all during a specific project. But with Jessica Jones, Ritter appreciated the opportunities to present Jessica from the character's sense of truth, and that the writers trusted Ritter to let her find the character's voice.
Later in the interview (at around the 55:00 mark), Rosenbaum & Ritter return back to the topic of Tennant – but this time, the focus is on just how intense the Doctor Who fandom around him can be when you see it play out around you. Ritter tells a great story about how her manager, Kyle, reacted when he learned Tennant would be joining Ritter on the Netflix series. From there, the two discuss how San Diego Comic-Con was the proving ground for just how popular Tennant is with the public. And Ritter believes Tennant deserves every bit of it, being a fan of his both on screen and behind the camera: seeing him as a "heavyweight actor" who's also "so lovely and so delicious and just, like, so fun"