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Woman Crush Month – Krysten Ritter

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer

Woman Crush Month is a month-long series by the girls of She Did What She Wanted
in celebration of Women’s History Month.

By Bree Martino

I first knew Krysten Ritter from minor roles in Gilmore Girls and the 2008 film What Happens In Vegas. At this point I had yet to learn her name, but her pretty and contrasting porcelain skin and dark hair were easy to recognize as familiar in other roles. I finally learned her name when I watched her ABC show Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23. The show was unfortunately cancelled too soon, but I am grateful for the two seasons we have of this hilarious comedy- both for the entertainment it’s provided and also for introducing me to my love for Krysten.

The B in Apartment 23 is a story of an innocent girl named June (played by Dreama Walker) who moves to NYC and the girl she moves in with- you guessed it- the “B” in apartment 23, Chloe played by Krysten Ritter. Let me tell you, Chloe definitely lived up to the “bitch” title. She was a party girl who truly did not care about other people- she screwed over her friends many times in order to benefit herself and was downright awful to her mother. She was an infuriating character, especially in contrast to sweet June, whose life seemed to be continually upheaved by her roommate. But surprisingly, I actually admired Chloe. Not in a “wow she is #goals” kind of way, but in a way similar to the fondness June develops for her. Chloe was always unapologetically herself and said exactly what she was thinking, for better or for worse. That’s hard not to notice or admire, even if the person is pretty tactless and mean. Throughout the two seasons we were lucky enough to get, Chloe does start to have a change of heart but she always remains her wild and outspoken self, just less mean. You know, less of a “bitch.”

Knowing Krysten from this role, I was completely shocked one night when my boyfriend was watching Breaking Bad and I saw her portraying Jane Margolis. I knew her as Chloe the party girl, and it threw me seeing her hold her own in such a serious drama. The contrast was amazing, and yet Krysten played both of these women so believably.

Needless to say, when it was announced she would play Jessica Jones in Netflix’s new show, I was ecstatic to see her take on the role. Playing the badass title character, Krysten took on the role of this anti-hero as if she were born to do so. The character of Jessica so incredibly important; She is a refreshing take on the “hero” genre, mainly because she insists that she isn’t a hero. She’s a badass without being sexualized, which is rare to find in media. She loves few, but loves fiercely. She isn’t put on any pedestal; she has her flaws that both she and the other characters are completely aware of. Not to mention, she is a trauma victim and we see how the abuse she has been through has influenced her every day since as she still tries to work through her PTSD.

Yes, Marvel’s Jessica Jones sealed the deal for me; I was a big fan of Krysten Ritter. Her range of talent and acting alone was enough to make me love her. But then I started following her on social media, and she immediately became one of my favorite celebrities.

While her talent is incredible, it’s her heart that truly makes me admire Krysten. Her social media is full of her activism and her love for life in all forms. When you look through her Instagram feed, her love for animals nearly bursts through the screen. She has worked on campaigns for animal rights with ASPCA and PETA such as the Fight For Orcas campaign and is always encouraging others to adopt their pets rather than shop. But her activism doesn’t stop with animals; She is a huge advocate for civil rights, too.

Just a few examples of her use of her platform for promoting civil rights include her extremely vocal support of Hillary Clinton, frequently posting about Standing Rock, and most recently using her knitting skills to create hats for the Pussyhat Project and attending the NYC Women’s March in January.

What are some other great posts you’ll see from Krysten? Well, she often interacts with fans, is always happy to post pictures of her rescue dog Mikey (and even includes him in photo shoots!), gets adorably excited about fan art sent to her, loves super heroes as much as the rest of us, and loves to knit her own clothing and even dog beds and rugs! (While I’m still trying to finish a scarf I started knitting four years ago…) Not really what you’d expect from a former model, right? Much like the character of Chloe, Krysten is unapologetically herself. Unlike Chloe however, “herself” is a woman with a heart of gold who does not take her privilege or success for granted.

There is so much to love about Krysten Ritter, I could probably gush for much longer than this. If I were to meet her, I’m sure I would be talking a minute and embarrassing myself. I’ll end this here with a whole-hearted thank you to Krysten for not only being such a talented actress, but for being such a positive influence in Hollywood. She is a woman we can all look up to and learn from.

She Did What She Wanted firmly believes there’s nothing better than women empowering other women, so when we found out March is Women’s History Month, we knew we needed to do something special. There are too many amazing women to fit into just thirty one days, but to do our best, we invited our contributors to write about the favorite women in their lives, and Woman Crush Month came to be. #WCM is the ultimate girl power party, and it’s all about women celebrating women and their achievements, and we personally can’t think of anything better than that.

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