janet mcteer jessica jones‘Jessica Jones’ will be introducing some major new players when its second season begins in a few days time. We already know a bit about some of them, like Oscar, a single father and new superintendent in Jessica’s building played by J.R. Ramirez (formerly of ‘Arrow’). Others, however, remain shrouded in mystery.

One such character is an as-yet unnamed individual played by Janet McTeer. McTeer, a two-time Oscar nominee, recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, where she dropped some hints about just what sort of person her character is and what attracted her to the role:

“To play somebody with her kind of issues was something I’d never done before. The way she looks at life is a little skewed. When they sent me scripts of the part, I thought “This is a part I haven’t played before.” To do something you’ve never done before when you’re my age is really cool. I liked the challenge.”

What sort of issues exactly? McTeer’s not talking, but she does suggest that her character may find some common ground with Jessica herself:

“These characters are damaged by abuse but are nevertheless struggling their way through life, to try and overcome it and by happy. They’re strong and weak at the same time.”

But the role wasn’t just a challenge to McTeer’s acting prowess, however. No, some of the challenges presented by the role were of decidedly different nature. The actress explains that her character is very physical, quipping that “it’s hard enough running around when you’re twenty-five, but when you’re fifty-five, that’s harder!”

‘Jessica Jones’ features returning stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Eka Darville alongside newcomers Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez. The second season of the acclaimed superhero drama will be available to stream on Netflix beginning on March 8, 2018.