‘The Good Place’: William Jackson Harper Was ‘Completely in the Dark About Everything’ in Season 1

by Jeremy Spirogis
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NBC’s The Good Place is a feel-good fantasy sitcom that hooked viewers for 4 seasons. Fresh off the present’s ending earlier this 12 months, solid member, William Jackson Harper, mirrored on his expertise on the present, together with his unawareness surrounding the plot. [Spoiler warning: The following article comprises particulars about The Good Place Seasons 1 by way of 4.]

William Jackson Harper in 'The Good Place'
William Jackson Harper in ‘The Good Place’ | Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank through Getty Images

William Jackson Harper had no thought what present he was auditioning for

The Good Place revolves round 4 people navigating the afterlife and pondering the great, evil, reward, and punishment. Just a few immortal beings combine it up with the people and ramp up the drama and the humor woven into the present. Harper admitted in an interview with Deadline that he had no thought what he was in for when he auditioned for The Good Place.

“When I got the audition, and I didn’t know what the show was,” stated Harper. “I had dummy scripts with dummy audition materials. I assumed I used to be auditioning for a lawyer working for the Innocence Project.

‘The Good Place’ Season 1 launched with a witty premise

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In the pilot, the viewing viewers initially meets Eleanor Shellstrop, performed by Kristen Bell, shortly after her loss of life. She awakens within the afterlife and is greeted by Michael (Ted Danson), the Architect of her otherworldly neighborhood and Janet (D’Arcy Carden), an all-knowing humanoid who is certainly “not a robot” and “not a girl.” Michael breaks the information that Eleanor has kicked the bucket however softens the blow when he reveals that she is in The Good Place.

Eleanor begins to turn out to be acquainted along with her neighbors, together with her soulmate, Chidi Anagonye, a former ethics professor. She additionally meets the opposite central characters, socialite Tahani Al-Jamil and devoutly silent monk Jason Mendoza, portrayed by Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto.

It doesn’t take lengthy for Eleanor to comprehend that after a lifetime of egocentric habits and questionable decisions, she has in some way arrived in The Good Place by mistake. What’s extra, her mere presence is throwing all the place out of whack.

Harper didn’t see the twist coming in ‘The Good Place’ Season 1

As the story unfolds in The Good Place Season 1, Eleanor finds that she isn’t the one resident in her neighborhood that belongs in The Bad Place. But it seems that the predicament, which looks like a easy clerical error, isn’t any accident.

At the tip of the primary season, Michael reveals the darkish fact. The 4 mates, Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason, are in actual fact, in The Bad Place. And Michael is the demon tasked with torturing them for eternity. Harper admitted that originally, he was none the wiser concerning the large twist within the finale.

Harper instructed Deadline, “In the middle of the first season, the creators brought us all in and said, “Okay, you’re actually not in The Good Place, you’re in The Bad Place.” It was like, “Hey, I’m completely in the dark about everything, it’s consistent with the character, so it’s fine.” But I used to be relieved after I came upon that the world that we had been in was not what it appeared. Just as a result of I puzzled how lengthy we may do that specific factor, folks being in a paradise, simply getting a bit wacky typically. I simply puzzled how far we are able to run that. And as soon as he [creator, Michael Schur] defined to us that we had been truly in The Bad Place, and it was going to take a bunch of bizarre twists and turns going ahead, then I used to be all in, I used to be similar to, that is nice. And then they wrote some lovely, sensible, hilarious scripts.”

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