Janet McTeer On Being Hesitant to Enter the Comic Book World with ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2

The superhero genre rules Hollywood right now. It is an undeniable fact that comic book adaptations, both on the big screen and the small, have turned Hollywood on its head, ushering in a new era of filmmaking where essentially everything becomes a cinematic universe. For some, working for a studio like Marvel is a dream but for others, it comes with hesitation. The latter is where Jessica Jones season 2 star Janet Mcteer falls under.

McTeer has won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play as well as claiming a Olivier Award for her role in A Doll’s House, and she was nominated for two Oscar’s for her work on Tumbleweeds and Albert Noobs but, in an interview with The Wrap, McTeer revealed that taking on the role of Alisa Jones — the mother of Kryten Ritter’s titular character Jessica Jones — made her question her ability to play a part:

“I thought, ‘I’m not quite sure how to do that comic book world.’ It’s not really what I do, and I’m not sure how I’d do it or if I’d be any good at it. But when I watched it, I realized it was more like people with superpowers having super problems. It was very dark and twisted and real.”

For those who did not watch the series’ second season, Alisa Jones is a character that was believed to be have been killed in a car accident, but survived to develop into a public enemy and killing machine all the while needing to be somewhat motherly, provided an interesting canvas on which to paint with her craft. McTeer continued on this point:

“You need somebody who can look like they’re really scary and terrifying, but someone who can also be more complicated, softer, more motherly. I’m pretty Amazonian, even at my great age, so I would see why they would want somebody like me — I’ve got that intense kind of scariness, but I can also do the other side.”

Still, even with the hesitation, McTeer was complimentary of the entire process that she found upon her arrival to the group which consisted of only female directors for each episode, a mostly female writers room, and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.

“It was weird joining a company of players who already knew each other, but that actually worked really well because the character didn’t know anyone and they didn’t know her. As we all got to know each other, it helped the character.

“What Melissa has done is that it’s all so complicatedly female. I don’t know a female who isn’t complicated. Being a woman is more complicated than being a man, and she’s really embraced all of those things in the writing of Jessica Jones.”

Jessica Jones season 2 is streaming on Netflix now.

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