Last fall, Jessica Jones earned the support of millions of viewers when the series debuted in its entirety on Netflix. As a smaller comic book character, Jessica was relatively unknown to many people until Krysten Ritter brought her to life. Now, fans are anxious to see season two, which is finally starting to head into pre-production. Even though the show was quickly picked up for a second season, we will unfortunately have to wait a while before it hits Netflix. However, while we have some time to go before Jessica Jones returns for its second season, that hasn’t stopped series star, Ritter, as well as showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, from teasing what we can expect going forward.
Season one of Jessica Jones introduced us to the darkest sides of Jessica, as she literally and figuratively battled demons from her past. ET Online recently had the chance to talk to some of the cast and crew from season 1 and what they liked most about the season. They started with the leading lady, where she expressed just how much she loved the character.
I love how she’s so badass and so cool, so vulnerable and really strong, inside and out. I love everything about her.
As far as what lies ahead for the hard-hitting private investigator, Ritter doesn’t know more than us. With the show being made for binge viewing, there is a long gap between when we first see her and when we will next. She’s just as excited to learn what will be coming in season two as we are.
That’s the thing with Netflix shows, you binge them so quickly and the you’re like, ‘Wait. What’s left?’ I’m in the same boat. I watched it the same weekend everybody else did, so I’m lining up as well for Season 2.
A lot of the focus on Jessica Jones has been in the character’s flaws, focusing on her drinking habits and overcoming her time under Kilgrave’s control. But the female relationships in the show are part of what drew fans in. While her relationship with Trish (Rachel Taylor) wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, it was very real and relateable.
“That was one of the most exciting things about the show, that female friendship,” Ritter marveled. “At the heart of it, that’s really what it’s about. It’s about that relationship with her very best friend, her sister. I just loved how honest and real it was.”
Trish and Jessica worked together in season one to capture Kilgrave, revealing the history that the two characters have together as sisters. Taylor explains that the complexity of their relationship strengthens the narrative of the show.
“I think people really respond to seeing a female friendship that is not perfect,” she explained. “And they’re never talking about shoes or a boyfriend. Their own story is enough to sustain a narrative, and I think that’s really cool.”
“They have so much history, these characters together. And a lot of it is just the natural chemistry that I have with Krysten,” Taylor added. “She’s a hard worker, she’s talented, she’s professional, but she’s a girl’s girl as well. She knows how to have a good time and support other women. I admired her a lot, shooting with her, and learned a lot from her.”
In the comics, Trish’s character goes on to become Hellcat. In season one, we learned that Trish is learning martial arts and wants to be able to help people. Will we get to see her don a mask in season two?
“I think there’s so many layers to this character,” the actress explained. “One of the things I’m really looking forward to, aside from all of the potential martial arts or athleticism, is seeing her relationship with her mother unfold a little bit more. I had a really good time working with [Rebecca De Mornay, who played Trish’s overbearing stage mom, Dorothy] and obviously working with Krysten and seeing their friendship unfold in different ways. There’s lots to play with.”
As for Jessica herself, Ritter is hoping that the emotional effects of what happened in season one aren’t swept under the rug.
“I’m so excited to see what they come up with,” Ritter said of the “fantastic” Jessica Jones writing team. “[I’d love] to dig deeper into the psychology of the aftermath of [Season 1 villain] Kilgrave (David Tennant), and maybe we could do a couple big stunts. I’d be down for that.”
I’m sure Ritter will have plenty of opportunities for big stunts as her character moves forward, particularly when she joins with the other Netflix heroes in The Defenders. Jessica already has a relationship with one of The Defenders, the unbreakable Luke Cage (Mike Colter).
“I love me some Mike Coulter,” Ritter said with a laugh. “[Jessica and Luke] are so different, but they both have something kind of broken inside, and they identify with each other because of that. There’s just some magic that happens”
“I love their relationship,” the actress added. “I loved it in the original comic books, in [comic series] Alias, and Mike’s a joy to work with. We had a lot of fun.”
“It’s something you can’t put your finger on,” Colter agreed. “Either you have it or you don’t…We’re on the same page, in a sense, we know that our chemistry makes our relationship work and it’s important, so we go with it.”
The chemistry between Colter and Ritter was strong, and I can’t wait to see where that relationship goes. The path Jessica takes will again be crafted by Melissa Rosenburg, who will be returning as showrunner for season two. As the series develops, she doesn’t plan for the scope of Jessica’s adventures to become more broad.
“Jessica Jones, her journey is a very personal one, it’s very intimate,” Rosenberg explained, adding that her show, and its main character, differ from some of Marvel’s more large-scale superhero endeavors. “So, the guys coming in to take over the city, she doesn’t really care, she’s like ‘Take us down, I just need to pay my rent.’ Whatever we do, it will be personal to her. It will be a personal story.”
The next time we see Jessica, she’ll be the only woman teamed up with The Defenders. Is there any concern about her being overshadowed by Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage?
“She’s gonna hold her own,” Colter assured. “I think it’s going to be great to have the one girl, I don’t think any girl doesn’t like being the only girl in the room. I think she’s going to be just fine.”
“I wouldn’t bet against Jessica Jones or Krysten Ritter at any moment,” Marvel Television EVP Jeph Loeb agreed. “She’s a dynamic actress and it’s a fantastic role. She’s really important to our side of the Marvel universe. All I can tell you [about Defenders] is they all have great roles. Our showrunners have turned in a remarkable, epic story, where everyone feels like they’re telling more of their own ongoing tale.”
The fact that Loeb has seen the story for The Defenders is exciting, as that project moves forward, filming directly after Iron Fist. We look forward to seeing Jessica Jones in The Defenders and in season two of her own show, both of which do not have an air date, yet. What do you hope Jessica will be up to as things move forward? Let us know in the comments!
Source: ET Online