Krysten Ritter is ‘The B— in Apartment 23′

Krysten Ritter, left, and Dreama Walker star in “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23,” premiering tonight at 9:31 on ABC.

It may seem harsh to refer to your main character as a b–. But there’s really no other way to describe opportunist Chloe (Krysten Ritter) in the new ABC sitcom “Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23.” With the self-professed “morals of a pirate,” Chloe is an unaffected schemer whose only loyalties lie with her close friends.

“If Holly Golightly and Satan had a child, it would be my character,” admits Ritter.

James Van Der Beek, who plays Chloe’s best friend James Van Der Beek in a gleeful send-up of the “Dawson’s Creek” star, has a slightly different view: “[She's] the love child of Lucille Ball and Sid Vicious,” he says.

No matter her mythical parentage, Chloe tiptoes the line between bad and just plain awful — in the pilot, she robs her sweet, new-to-New-York roommate, June (Dreama Walker) — which means the balance between audiences loving or loathing Ms. B is even more precarious.

But Ritter rationalizes that Chloe’s actions, despite how outlandish they seem, aren’t always selfish. (Wait till you see how Chloe suggests June dump her boyfriend in tonight’s premiere.) “As long as I approach my character in making positive choices, that the end result seems to be somewhat heartfelt, you can get away with it,” she says.

After all, even seemingly naive June is able to crack Chloe’s tough-girl persona and ultimately become a member of her oddball entourage.

“June definitely … outsmarts Chloe a little bit,” Walker says. “That’s part of our dynamic and part of what makes her respect me and like me in the end.”

So is the B-word a severe moniker after all? Ritter doesn’t think so.

“I’m an evil b–,” she says.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Two young children killed in deadly Queens fire

Two 4-year-old children died after a blaze at their Far Rockaway home on Saturday night. The Queens fire injured three others, including a third sibling.

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.