One of the most satisfying things about Marvel and Netflix’s second collaboration, Jessica Jones, was how it managed to not only include so many female characters, but also managed to flesh them out into fully realized characters. Jessica. Hope. Trish. Jeri. Pam. Wendy. They all played large roles in the story, and each character managed to be more than just a tool to move the story forward. It’s something that most shows fail to do, and yet, Jessica Jones managed to do so with ease. It’s part of the reason – along with the combination of the fantastic writing and acting – that made the series so excellent.
Carrie-Anne Moss, who plays Jeri Hogarth, a gender-bent version of the Iron Fist character Jeryn Hogarth, recently spoke The Daily Beast about her appreciation of showrunner Melissa Rosenberg‘s work on the series, as well as her excitement over being involved in the project.
Most fans remember Moss from her role in The Matrix films as Trinity, a role that is a far cry from her Jessica Jones character, Jeri – a self-centered lawyer that oftentimes straddles the morality line. It’s easy to dislike Jeri, especially given everything that she’s ultimately responsible for during the season’s events, but it’s hard to deny that she isn’t an important figure within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Not only is she a gender-bent female character that is allowed to be written like a male in most media, but she’s also the MCU’s first lesbian. For Moss, seeing Jeri being able to be written like most of the male characters on television is exciting.
“[Jeri’s] doing the things you see men doing all the time in TV and movies,” Moss tells The Daily Beast of her character’s philandering, power-hungry ways. (Indeed, Jeri was originally “Jeryn,” a male version of the character who debuted in Iron Fist #6 in 1976.)
“She’s incredibly shrewd. She didn’t get to where she is in the business by being, like, a humanitarian,” Moss says. “She’s completely looking out for herself and her future. Her ego is huge—there wouldn’t be room for another ego in the room. She doesn’t even have to try. She just is.”
For Moss, that was part of the reason she joined the show. Once they gave her an idea of the character and allowed her to read a script, she found herself surprised that it was for a superhero show. She also noted the relationships among the female characters, and how she loved the dynamics between not only Jessica and Jeri, but also Jessica and Trish.
“I’ve said this probably too many times, but every [Jessica Jones] script that I read, there were moments, or more than one moment, where I gasped,” Moss says. “I was so incredibly surprised. I hadn’t seen relationships like the one Jessica has with [Jeri], or the one she has with the Trish character, especially in something that you think of as ‘superhero.’”
And while there’s still no word on a second season, it’s hard not to think the announcement is coming – hopefully soon! – given the critical praise by not only fans, but also critics. We’ve already heard from showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and series star Krysten Ritter about what they’d like to see should a second season be ordered, and now Moss is putting her two cents in, although her hopes are pretty simple.
“If we go for a second season, I hope to get a lot more to do,” Moss says, diplomatically.
You can currently stream the entire first (and excellent) season of Jessica Jones on Netflix.
Source: The Daily Beast.