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The for­mer Veron­ica Mars lands in heaven in The Good Place...

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Kris­ten Bell tells us about heav­enly new com­edy The Good Place.

SHE’S NO AN­GEL

“The show com­bines my two favourite things: com­edy and what it means to be a good per­son. I thought the idea of play­ing a char­ac­ter [Eleanor Shell­strop] who was ex­tremely self-cen­tred, yet not ma­li­cious, was very en­tic­ing. She rides this fine line. She’s not evil or bad, she’s just not con­cerned with any­one else in the room.”

THE DEVIL IN­SIDE

“I do have to be comedic and en­ter­tain­ing, but at the same time I’m not the most like­able per­son on pa­per, so I have to do things that en­dear me to the au­di­ence as a char­ac­ter. I have to choose those mo­ments where I am very sin­cere and lit­er­ally beg­ging for my life be­cause the only way I can stay in the ‘Good Place’ is if I know how to ex­e­cute be­ing a good per­son and stay un­der­cover.”

HEAV­ENLY CAST­ING

“Ted Dan­son [who also stars in the show] is an Amer­i­can trea­sure. I adore him as a hu­man be­ing. I couldn’t be hap­pier that I get to spend my days with him.”

TAR­NISHED HALO

“This re­la­tion­ship that Eleanor and Michael [Dan­son] have, there are se­crets be­cause he doesn’t know she’s not sup­posed to be there. He’s in search of the prob­lem be­cause things in the neigh­bour­hood are go­ing awry. Eleanor is ba­si­cally ly­ing to his face, yet adores him.”

DIVINE MES­SEN­GER

“There’s a spe­cial place in my heart for TV and I think I will al­ways come back to it. I like the con­sis­tent work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, see­ing the same crew ev­ery day and de­vel­op­ing a char­ac­ter longer than two months. I’m thrilled to be back in TV and in a project this bizarre.”

The Good Place is cur­rently air­ing in the US on NBC.

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