Dear Jessica Jones fans, if you’ve been having trouble placing the faces you just watched for literally 13 hours, allow us to piece together the puzzle for you. After all, your brain is probably mush and you’re depleted off all your feels. The answers to the questions in your head are probably all yes, by the way. Yes, she was the girl in Don’t Trust the B. Yes, you did see him on The Good Wife. Yes, she was the girl with the weird kink on True Detective. Get all the answers you’re looking for with this handy little breakdown of the Jessica Jones’ cast most popular roles.
Previous credits: Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, She’s Out of My League (2009), Breaking Bad
Trust us, you weren’t the only one shocked to hear that Krysten Ritter landed the lead role in Marvel’s darkest show yet. Most casual viewers knew her best as the borderline-psycho party girl in ABC’s underrated, canceled-too-soon sitcom Don’t Trust the B, or as the sidekick BFF in [insert quirky romcom here]. The point is, she’s a known comedian, so what made casting directors give her a second look? Most likely her turn as Jesse Pinkman’s tragic tattoo artist girlfriend, Jane Margolis, on Breaking Bad. We’ll leave it at that.
Previous credits: Transformers (2007), Charlie’s Angels, Grey’s Anatomy
Once upon a time, she was the gorgeous Department of Defense nerd-turned-gun-toting-badass in the O.G. Transformers. For a brief moment, she became of one of Charlie’s new Angels in the rebooted and quickly-cancelled series, co-starring Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh. But those are probably all blips in your memory. Her saving grace, so to speak: Grey’s Anatomy. On the Shonda Rhimes mega-hit, she recurred as Dr. Lucy Fields who, while saving lives and yada yada, famously had a whirlwind romance with Dr. Alex Karev. Let’s be real, the only way you remember anyone on that show is by who they boned.
Previous credits: The Good Wife, The Following, Halo: Nightfall
We don’t blame you if you can’t place Mike Colter. He wore way more clothing in his previous shows. On The Following, he suited up as Nick Donovan, the FBI agent in charge of leading the investigation on the show’s main villain, Joe Caroll. He buried himself under layers and layers of armor as Agent Jameson Locke in the only-seen-by-fanboys Halo live-action webseries, which literally only played on Xbox. And on The Good Wife (pictured above), he was regularly seen sporting a snazzy tie to boss up in the role of Chicago druglord, Lemond Bishop. Cherish those tight T-shirts, fans.
Previous credits: Once Upon a Time, Red Widow, All Saints
Unless you’re big on Australian television, Wil Traval is almost an entirely new face. From 2004-2008, he came up as Jack Quade, the brooding doctor with a rough-and-tumble past, in Australia’s wildly popular medical drama All Saints. Once he relocated stateside, he starred in Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg’s previous short-lived ABC drama Red Widow as businessman Irwin Petrov, before moving onto another ABC show, Once Upon a Time. There, he recurred as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Suffice it to say, his Netflix hit is more than making up for his earlier American duds.
Previous credits: The Kings of Summer (2013), True Detective
If you haven’t seen Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kings of Summer, you’re missing out on one of the best coming-of-age movies in the past five years. In it, Moriarty stars as Kelly, the girl next door who finds herself in a love triangle with the titular characters. As for her more familiar work, you might’ve caught her in True Detective season one as Audrey Hart, Marty’s (Woody Harrelson) daughter with the bizarre sexual proclivities. Yes, she’s the girl who spent her emo phase drawing sex acts that mirrored ritualistic killings in her notebook. We get it, doodling AFI lyrics on your Chucks is so 2007.
Previous credits: Empire, The Originals, Spartacus: War of the Damned
As the immortal Diego, he palled around with other vampire baddies in The Originals. As Pietros, he played a perpetually-shirtless gay slave in Spartacus. But all that is extremely miniscule compared to his real claim-to-fame: getting down with Jamal Lyon. On Empire, Darville recurred as Ryan Morgan, the director Luscious hires to film a documentary on his Legacy concert, who takes a keener interest in Jamal’s private life instead.
Previous credits: The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003), Memento (2000)
Carrie-Ann Moss has always been a boss ass bitch. Just recall The Matrix trilogy. As Trinity, Moss held it down as a brilliant, computer-hacking vigilante who worked alongside Morpheus and Neo in a quest to take down the Machines for their freedom. It was such a breakthrough role for Moss that she even went on record saying, “I had no career before. None.” But forget that franchise. Thanks to Jessica Jones, we can guarantee you casual viewers will stop referring to her as “that one girl in The Matrix.”
Previous credits: Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
All right, David Tennant, quit hoarding the nerds. Not only did you play Barty Crouch, Jr. in the Harry Potter series, but you were literally the tenth Dr. Who. You were literally the dude flying through time in a TARDIS, getting fangirls everywhere swooning at your indelible charm and stupid red tie. You were literally the James Bond for dorks. Sure, just for kicks, you dipped your toes into more serious fare like Broadchurch and Gracepoint. But, of course, you went right back into genre work with Jessica Jones, this time playing a villain so tragic and twisted that it’s literally impossible to hate him. Keep us all on a string, why don’t you?