Late last year, it was announced "Clueless" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" director Amy Heckerling would be sinking her teeth into a new comedy following two vampire BFFs set in modern-day NYC. Alicia Silverstone was later confirmed to be one of the best friends, but it was Krysten Ritter who first was chosen.
"When they called me, I nearly had a heart attack. I was screaming, I thought they were kidding," Krysten said about landing the role. "I was like, 'What? Are you kidding? Please, don't mess with me. Are you kidding?' I just went on and on and on. Cried, like a baby. And then when I found out Alicia was added too I was just like, 'I can't believe this is happening.'"
We originally though the second best friend was going to be cast as someone younger, and were a bit surprised when Alicia, who is five years older than Krysten, nabbed the role. Apparently Krysten, Amy and the crew also were looking for someone younger, but were thrilled when they realized Alicia was a perfect fit.
"We were looking at people closer to my age or younger. But [Alicia] still looks like a baby," Krysten explained. She added about whether the character would be younger or older, "I just don't think there's going to be an age on it. In the movie, she's like 3000 years old. And age is just a number, really. It's just a number that you put on a face. It just doesn't really matter."
But Krysten was lucky enough to not have to go through a casting process at all. She received a straight offer from the filmmakers and didn't have to read or audition. She said she felt it was her physical appearance that helped her nail the part. "I get to just be me, I get to just wear my natural hair color and I'm very pale and they're encouraging me to stay that way," she said with a laugh, noting the irony of the situation.
She's quite excited to get a chance to work alongside both Amy and Alicia, two people she admired since she was young. Krysten said she used to run home every day after school to watch "Clueless," which Alicia also starred in. "Vamps" is going to be similar to "Clueless" in tone, and Krysten admitted she didn't really consider it a vampire film at all.
"The fact that the market is so crazy with vampires is unfortunate because it has nothing to do with us because, more importantly, it's an Amy Heckerling movie. I don't think of it as a vampire movie," she said.
She added about being a part of the film, "I'm ridiculously excited. Amy Heckerling is in my phone. She's quite a character. She wears like this big hat and she's very grungy and very healthy and she's just a really cool, cool woman."