WHO'S THAT GIRL?
This raven-haired beauty with big saucer eyes and signature blunt fringe stands out in the sea of blondes and redheads in Hollywood.
WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HER
Currently starring in the US TV series Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23, the model-turned-actress has played supporting roles in movies like 27 Dresses (2008), What Happens In Vegas (2008), Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009) and She's Out Of My League (2010).
The quirky 30-year-old - who falls into the "adorkable" category like fellow US actress Zooey Deschanel - is known for stealing the limelight playing the feisty, wisecracking best friend/sidekick in rom-coms.
Ritter makes her debut as a producer, script-writer and lead star in L!fe Happens, a female-centric comedy opening today that she co-developed with long-time friend Kat Coiro, who directs.
Ritter plays Kim, a party girl who finds herself pregnant after a wild night out.
Turning to best friends Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson), Kim learns how to cope with being a single mother while attempting to jump back into the dating scene.
On the inspiration for the movie
"Kat and I have always had this plan to dominate the world, like the two characters in the movie. We started writing and she had a baby, and we had this eureka moment where we just realised that's the story we wanted to tell - about young girls figuring out who they are and trying to have it all. But when you throw a baby in the mix, it creates a whole other set of challenges."
On being totally opposite to her character Kim
"I'm a homebody. I work hard, so there's not really time to mess around. I've never even been to a Hollywood club. I know nothing about it."
On her dream role
"For me, variety is the key. I don't want to play the same thing over and over again. I just hope to continue having this luxury of working in the business.
Sure, I'd like to play an action hero, but I don't think it's ever going to happen. I'm a little too quirky and weird. I can't imagine me kicking butt with a gun in an action film. I just think it would be too awkward."
This article was first published in The New Paper.