Season 2 of Jessica Jones premiered on Netflix earlier this month, giving fans the opportunity to check back in with their favorite private detective-slash-superhero on the down low. But the show started making headlines even before it returned when it was reported that a roster of all-female directors had been hired to helm the second season.
With that in mind, we had the opportunity to talk to some of the show's cast at their purple carpet premiere in New York to ask them about the changes behind the camera and how it affected the mood on set while filming Season 2.
For showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, the hiring process was pretty organic as soon as she started looking at the resumes of the directors she wanted to hire: "As we began exploring our options and starting to book those directors, we're just finding more and more incredibly talented female directors with a very long list of sexy credits every bit as extensive as any man you would be hiring." Once they got the ball rolling on the hiring process, she and Netflix's Allie Goss decided to keep going: "Why not all 13?"
"What we got were really talented people behind the camera," said executive producer of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb. Actress Janet McTeer agreed, saying that the perspective of the women directing each episode was a benefit for the female-driven story they were trying to tell.
And as for Jessica Jones herself? "Our show is already so female that it seemed really appropriate and exciting," said Krysten Ritter. But it wasn't all seriousness on set, as she was quick to add: there was a "little dancing to Beyonce behind the scenes."
Season 2 of Jessica Jones is currently streaming on Netflix.