Krysten Ritter's plan for sanity during Jessica Jones shoot: knitting and Game of Thrones

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Aug 16, 2017

Krysten Ritter's got a packed schedule. She just finished The Defenders (which premieres on Netflix Aug. 18) and is halfway through Jessica Jones season two. Undoubtedly there will be future seasons of each TV show on the horizon. But this means Ritter is shooting around the clock, all year long.

I'm sure Ritter loves the work — who wouldn't? — but it does sound exhausting. How does she survive it all? According to Vulture, she balances her work schedule with things just for her: juice, knitting, reading, and Game of Thrones. Here's what she says:

I think I’ve approached this season differently, because I’ve done The Defenders, went home, took a shower, came back, and started Jessica Jones season two. So I’m working about ten months? Which is what you do for the part. So it’s hardcore. ... I approached this working cycle more like an athlete. I had, like, the special green juices and the special food. 

Don't worry: She still eats pizza and "sandwiches the size of my head." In addition to taking care of her physical body, she takes care of her mental health as well. Jessica Jones is a dark character, so she has to make time for herself.

What I’m doing is making sure that I have a balance, and that allows me, I think, to be a better actor and to more easily and quickly access all of the emotions on the scale. I make sure that I read a book on the weekend or read something or do my knitting or do the things that I need to do for myself, like Game of Thrones. Get that balance.

Ritter put a "real system in place" to keep herself physically and mentally balanced, which is something we can all benefit from.