In You season four, part one, we were introduced to a new love interest for Penn Badgley’s Joe Goldberg: Kate Galvin, a no-nonsense, self-proclaimed “icy bitch” who is fiercely loyal to her friends and surprisingly suspicious of Joe’s motives. Played by Call the Midwife and Ghosts actor Charlotte Ritchie, the character creates a natural tension because she is so capable of uncovering Joe’s secrets. She’s a woman who, as showrunner Sera Gamble told us, is more like Peach in season one, “someone who would’ve been dead at midseason.”
For Ritchie, it was liberating to channel someone who doesn’t care about being likable. “A lot of people get criticized for expressing anger, but it’s a very sort of enlivened energy and can be quite helpful,” she says. “It’s often made to seem sort of unappealing or unattractive, so it was quite interesting to get to find out where that comes from and feel it.”
So, is Kate Joe’s perfect match? Or will she be the one to finally expose him? As we’ve seen before on You, it doesn’t usually end well for women who get entangled with the serial killer. Then again, if anyone can outsmart Joe, it’s her. We won't spoil Kate’s fate here, but we did check in with the actor who plays her to learn more about what it was like working with Badgley on set, her theory about what Joe told Lady Phoebe, and more. Get to know Charlotte Ritchie, below.
Glamour: Part one is out. Now we’re getting part two. What has the reaction been like so far?
Charlotte Ritchie: I try as much as possible not to scroll social media and find out everything, but the general response from people I know is that they’ve really enjoyed it. It was a treat for me to watch it, to see it all come together. They do such a good job; I can’t believe it. I think it was a change of tone for the show, so there were going to be some specific responses from people, but it’s been pretty good.