Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek
If you’ve ever had a terrible roommate, you will relate to June. Dreama Walker (The Good Wife, Gossip Girl) plays a career-driven Midwestern girl who moves to New York City for a job that immediately falls through. She has to scramble to find an apartment and ends up with the world’s worst roomie in the form of Chloe (Krysten Ritter). Chloe isn’t just the kind of roommate that leaves you passive aggressive notes about taking out the garbage or being quiet on weeknights — she’ll sleep with your boyfriend, eat the little amount of food you have and charge you extra rent money so that she can upgrade her designer purse collection.
Chloe is the bitch is Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, ABC’s new comedy that also stars James Van Der Beek as a parody of himself. What sounds like a gimmicky plot actually works better than you’d imagine with Nahnatchka Khan at the helm. The out writer/producer created the series when she began thinking of a modern day Breakfast at Tiffanys.
“I always wondered what would happen if Holly Golightly existed in the present day like what that would be like,” Nahnatchka told AfterEllen.com at the Winter TCAs. “That lead me to think about well what if she had like a regular roommate who was just trying to pay bills and watch Shark Week.”
Said Shark Week watcher, June, is just trying to get by in New York by finding a gig at a coffee shop and co-existing with Chloe, which ends up being the bigger job. But their chemistry has viewers craving their interactions, and Nahnatchka says she thinks it’s fun to watch the drama unfold.
“I think [gay women] would really like the women behaving badly thing — doing something at first that doesn’t seem great and certainly not typical,” Nahnatchka said. “Just doing something different and not just the stereotypical way things are seen.”
And because Chloe is anything but conventional, she doesn’t discriminate when it comes to who she sleeps with.
“My character is so free,” Krysten said. “She’s not defined by one sexuality at all so that’s a fun thing to play with. My character has no ties to anything. She doesn’t like to be categorized and she’s totally free and I think that comes out in many story-lines, not just about her sexuality. Dreama and I joke often by the amount that she’s getting groped by me. We have become lesbian lovers and she’s the wife. “