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Would Veronica Mars Like Kristen Bell’s THE GOOD PLACE Character, Eleanor?

Would Veronica Mars Like Kristen Bell’s THE GOOD PLACE Character, Eleanor?

Veronica Mars and The Good Place‘s Eleanor Shellstrop might look alike—ya know, because they’re both played by Kristen Bell—but if a weird fictional universe ever brought the two women together, they most certainly would not get along.

“No, I think Ron Mars would call some high class bullshit on Eleanor,” Bell told reporters at a Television Critics Association 2017 winter press tour panel about her NBC afterlife comedy The Good Place. “I think she would not stand for it.”

While Veronica Mars essentially devoted her life to fighting for justice for the little people, Eleanor spent her time on Earth using other people for her own gain.

“I think what I learned on Veronica Mars is that I was never a particularly snarky person in my personal relationships, and what I learned is I sort of have a feel for that kind of delivery and can do sarcasm pretty well, or at least in a way that some people seem to believe and enjoy. So, I sort of carried that into other characters. Definitely with Eleanor,” Bell said. “But, no, I think Veronica Mars roots for the underdog and thinks of other people, and maybe that’s not Eleanor.”

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But despite Eleanor’s failings when she was on Earth, she’s trying her best to stay in the Good Place and therefore to become a better person—and Bell told Nerdist and a small group of reporters after the panel that because of that, The Good Place is a hopeful show at its core.

“The idea of, ‘Can you improve even after you think everything is over, even when you’re in the afterlife, does it still matter’ certainly resonates with me because if it doesn’t matter then, then why did it really matter down here? Are we just trying to get somewhere good and then we just stop being good? I think that’s very hopeful: the ‘keep your eyes on the prize’ [idea], and if the prize is to be decent and civilized and loving and kind, it’s a great thing to consistently strive for.”

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Image credits: NBC/Warner Bros.

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