In Apartment 23, wide-eyed twentysomething June (Dreama Walker) moves to Manhattan for a dream job, but her new company is immediately shut down by the government after a huge scandal. Now desperately in need of a job and a place to live, June finds a roommate in Chloe (Ritter). While Chloe seems like the ideal roommate at first, sheâ€™s really a con artist who takes security deposits and rent and then makes her roommateâ€™s life hell until she moves out. But when June decides to play Chloeâ€™s game against her, a bond forms between the roommates.
Ritter, known for recent turns in Breaking Bad and the darkly funny Gravity, is the perfect fit for Chloe. â€śI think that Chloe gets to say things that everybody wishes they could say and I get to,â€ť says Ritter. â€śItâ€™s fun where you get to play somebody so bold and badass and unapologetic, and I get to do dark stuff and be funny. Itâ€™s a really complex, wellâ€‘developed, amazing character and itâ€™s really just the most fun Iâ€™ve ever had in my life.â€ť
But the real fun in Apartment 23 for the viewer might be James Van Der Beek, who plays a fictionalized, exaggerated version of himself.
â€śI auditioned against six other James Van Der Beeks for this role,â€ť he jokes, showing off his self-deprecatingly funny side. â€śI was lucky that four of them were not actors, and two of them didnâ€™t speak English. So, by default, it was me.â€ť
Van Der Beekâ€™s character is a friend of Chloe who shamelessly uses his Dawsonâ€™s Creek and Varsity Blues personas to pick up women. But the actor doesnâ€™t mind poking fun at himself.
â€śTheyâ€™ve kept me around Hollywood long enough to kind of have a second coming,â€ť Van Der Beek says, â€śand itâ€™s a lot more fun not to take myself so seriously, and so this is a great opportunity just to have a lot of laughs and just be part of something that Iâ€™m really, really proud of.â€ť
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