Veronica Mars' Krysten Ritter: playing Gia again was a total no-brainer

The actress who plays Gia Goodman talks returning to Neptune High, "thrilling" Kickstarter and the future of the medium-sized movie

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Veronica Mars' Krysten Ritter: playing Gia again was a total no-brainer
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Krysten Ritter is one of those actresses who seem to pop up in everything. She's starred in Breaking Bad, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, What Happens in Vegas, 27 Dresses, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl... the list continues. 

But the 32-year-old actress is returning to her acting roots to reprise the role of ditzy and bitchy Gia Goodman in the big screen reboot of Veronica Mars. Ritter might have thought she said goodbye to Gia in 2006, but she's back - and she's got a surprisingly significant role to play in the new movie. 

Before the film hits cinema screens and on demand services, RadioTimes.com caught up with the star to talk all things Mars... 

So, did you ever imagine you'd be here doing publicity for a Veronica Mars movie? 

No! I never in a million years thought that I would be playing Gia Goodman again. Or doing a Veronica Mars movie. It's so rad... It's exciting that the movie turned out as well as it did. You know, the movie's really good. I've seen it!

The show was one of your first acting jobs. Was it strange taking a trip back down memory lane?

No, it wasn't strange, it was exciting. Even then I remember the experience being so positive. It really set the bar for energy on set and vibe because everyone was so pleasant and happy to be there and lovely and fun. It was just a good set... [Returning] was a total no-brainer. Rob Thomas emailed me like a month before the KickStarter thing happened - and he was like I want to make sure you are interested and available because Gia has a very significant part in the movie and I was like 'done!'. 

It must have been fun meeting up with everyone again...

There was a lot of yelling, a lot of screaming, a lot of hugging, all of that. 

Times have changed though. We assume Gia's grown up a little in the years since we last saw her...?

She's an adult now. I think she's a bit more of a femme fatal... but she's still got black hair. She still talks very quickly. 

What is it like working on a project that has been funded by its fans? 

It's thrilling. It's very exciting because they wanted something to happen and they made it happen. I think it's so cool to be part of something like that - we are making history. 

So you think KickStarter and concepts like it will change the way films are made?

I don't know. I think that Veronica Mars is a really unique situation because it was a show that wasn't on long enough and it has a great built-in audience. I don't think that you can just raise money or any old thing. But I think it's awesome. However a movie can get made in this budget, because it seems like the sort of middle-sized movie has become extinct. They are only making like bit, giant ones like The Hunger Games... I love The Hunger Games, it's like so exciting to go and watch that movie, but the more intimate, smaller films are a dying art form unfortunately. They're just not being supported at the studios. 

What other projects do you have on the horizon? 

I'm going to be in a Tim Burton movie this year called Big Eyes, which I'm very excited about because I love Tim Burton - I've wished my whole life to work with Tim Burton.

I'm very busy producing and developing [Ritter runs production company Silent Machine Entertainment] I have my hand in a little bit of everything... Hanging out with my girlfriends... going to yoga... that kinda thing. 

Veronica Mars is in UK cinemas and on demand 14 March.