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Krysten Alyce Ritter born December 16,  is an American actress, musician, author, and model. She is known for starring as the superhero Jessica Jones on the Netflix drama series Jessica Jones — and the miniseries The Defenders She is of German, Scottish and English descent. Ritter was scouted by a modeling agent at her local shopping mall, the Wyoming Valley Mall , at the age of 15, at a modeling event. Ritter described herself at the time as "tall, gawky, awkward, and really, really skinny" to Philadelphia Style magazine. While in high school, she traveled to New York City on her days off and began modeling there and in Philadelphia. Ritter's acting career began when Wilhelmina placed her for an audition for a Dr Pepper television commercial. Ritter told Philadelphia Style that she felt her "outgoing and bubbly and funny" personality as a performer helped her transition into acting naturally by letting her entertain the casting people. Ritter had a number of guest starring roles on television, and appeared on the second season of Veronica Mars , playing Gia Goodman , the daughter of mayor Woody Goodman Steve Guttenberg. Ritter guest-starred on Gilmore Girls for eight episodes from to as Rory Gilmore 's friend, Lucy.
After becoming orphaned at a young age Jones was taken in by Dorothy Walker , and developed a deep friendship bond with her adoptive sister, Trish Walker. Shortly after being adopted, Jones discovered she possessed superhuman abilities due to the fatal car crash that took the lives of her parents and eventually decided to pursue a career as a superhero. However, a fateful encounter with Kilgrave , a vicious man with mind controlling powers, derailed her superhero career and she spent a torturous tenure as Kilgrave's sex slave before finally breaking free of his control. The experience left Jones suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, prompting her to hang up her secret identity and open her own detective agency. Trying to remain an average person and keep a low profile, she would take on minor cases for cash, while caught in a spiral of despair and destructive behavior. However, the return of Kilgrave and the victims he left in his wake on her behalf forced her to put aside her trauma and stop him. Jones had multiple grueling encounters with Kilgrave, but with the help of Walker, Jeri Hogarth , Claire Temple , and fellow superhuman Luke Cage , Jones finally killed the maniac, conquering her demons and prompting her to continue her superhero career. While on the job, Jones received a case which ended when John Raymond was driven to suicide by the Hand , prompting her to continue the investigation and her being recruited by Stick to join Luke Cage , Iron Fist , and Daredevil , to destroy the Hand, ending with the apparent sacrifice of Daredevil. With her victory over both Kilgrave and the Hand, Jessica was held in considerable notoriety by the New York community and her detective business' success skyrocketed.