Krysten Ritter The B

April 11, 2012 by staff 

Krysten Ritter The B, Life Happens, from director/co-writer Kat Coiro, is a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, she turns to her girlfriends for help while she attempts to cope with single motherhood and jumping back into the dating scene amid the fear that having a child could put a quick end to any potential relationship. The movie also stars Jason Biggs, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston and Geoff Stults.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star and co-writer Krysten Ritter talked about how this movie came together, the changes it went through in nearly four years of development, how happy she was with the final outcome of the film, and what she learned from this entire process and experience. She also talked about her role in the upcoming vampire comedy Vamps, from writer/director Amy Heckerling, playing the lead in the new ABC comedy series Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 (airing Wednesday nights, starting April 11th), and the pilot she’s producing for MTV, adapted from the novel Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Collider: How did this movie happen? How did you and Kat Coiro originally meet and end up deciding to write this together?

Krysten Ritter: Kat and I have been longtime friends. We’re both very psychotically driven, hard-working young women, and we always had this plan to dominate the world, like the two characters in the movie. We started writing and she had a baby, and we had this eureka moment where we just realized that’s the story we wanted to tell, about young girls, figuring out who they are and trying to have it all, but also when you throw a baby in the mix, it creates a whole other set of challenges.

You approached this with the desire to create a female buddy comedy, but how much did the story evolve while you worked on it for nearly four years?

Ritter: Quite a bit. We wrote an early draft when we were both starting out and we had different connections and we were getting different notes from people. And then, we got the script to this place where it got out there. After I did She’s Out of My League, I had gotten friendly with some of the execs at DreamWorks and they slipped it somewhere. The next thing you know, Kat and I were getting calls for fancy meetings and big agents were calling us, and it changed the landscape of both of our careers. And then, producers wanted to buy it.

It was just going through those processes and putting together ideas of who would be in it and who greenlights movies. We tried to do it the studio way, but that didn’t get made. It’s really hard to sell a script, and it’s even harder to get a movie made. It just almost never happens. Then, we were doing it as a TV, and that didn’t get made, which I think was right and for the best. We were like, “Why don’t we just make the original version of the script that everybody liked so much?” We decided just to take matters into our own hands. If you really want something, you’ve gotta just do it and not wait for other people to hand it to you. So, we just put it together in a cute little package, we called actors and got them to attach themselves, and we called in every favor you could possible imagine.

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