Krysten Ritter as Chloe on Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23
These days, when she's not playing mean girl on ABC's Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23, the multi-talented Krysten Ritter can be heard delivering acoustic-folk lullabies for whimsical romantics and the unfavorably doomed. Slightly dark and utterly delicate, your new favorite singer-songwriter has arrived.
Recording under the name ex vivian (yep, in all lower-case), Ritter's new musical project is backed up by an array of subtle, electronic rhythms composed by William Burnet, who also released Ritter’s self-titled album under his own imprint, WT Records. I recently exchanged e-mails with the actress to discuss her favorite TV shows and more for this latest edition of Celebrity High-Five; here's what she had to say...
Photo credit: WT Records
On the story behind the name ex vivian:
"I was starting another band with a friend and he was calling it The Vivian Girls. He started dating this girl that I wasn't particularly fond of and asked her to be in the band. So, I quit, and said I was going to be an Ex-Vivian Girl. It was kind of a joke at first, a joke that just stuck, and then a few years later a boy who thought I was cooler than I actually am said it was a cadaver reference. So, I thought that was perfect—girlie, but still dark."
(A preview of the album is available at WT Records)
On whether being hard and cold on Don't Trust The B---- is cathartic:
"I don't know if it's 'cathartic' but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun!!! I never thought I would enjoy playing a narcissistic monster this much. I get to do and say things I could (and would) never do or say in real life. I love my job. :) :) "
On preferring one art form over the other (acting vs. making music):
"I like it all. It's all the same thing... creative expression. Acting is my first priority but in my downtime I'm lucky to have other interests to keep me occupied."
On whether she has any pop-culture heroes:
"I can't think of a 'hero' so much but some of the things I'm inspired by and fanatical over are My So-Called Life, Romeo and Juliet, Winona Ryder in the '90s, Beetlejuice, Great Expectations, Cat Power, The Palace Brothers, Neil Young, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Tombstone, The National, Kristin Wiig, Will Ferrell, Lucille Ball, New York City and so on."
On the soundtrack to her life:
"Well I guess ex vivian would be the closest thing. Is that cheating? :) "
Read on to find out which TV shows Krysten named as her favorites, and why.
"I love this show. I want to be on this show. I watched the entire season and then re-watched it to look for all the seeds that were planted. Also the acting is amazing. Jessica Lange is heaven. Also I kind of have a crush on Evan Peters."
"Sure you spend the entire episode cringing at the ridiculous situations he gets himself into, but Larry David is so funny. Also, because the show is improvised I like to watch closely for mistakes with continuity in the edit. It's a layered experience."
"It's like crack! I binged on the series. I think I watched both seasons in two days. You just want Lady Mary and Matthew to shag already!"
"I actually love when reruns are on. I guess because I was growing up when they were such a huge hit... there is something familial about all of them. Plus the show is very funny."
"Laura Dern's performance on this show is epic. Totally it's right up my alley. I love that you never know if she's crazy, or if everyone else is just mean."
What do you think of Ritter's picks? Did any of them surprise you?
Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, October 23 at 9:30pm on ABC.
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