The Good Place Season 3 Features The Return of Eleanor's Tacky Mom

Get ready to learn more about Eleanor's terrible childhood.


American Horror Story Apocalypse may have only just begun but Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt herself, Leslie Grossman, is already looking forward to her return as an entirely different type of terrible person on the upcoming third season of The Good Place--Eleanor's horrible semi-absentee mother, Donna Shellstrop.

In a recent conversation with GameSpot, Grossman confirmed she would be making her return to The Good Place next season for even more tackiness at young Eleanor's expense.

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"I come back as maybe the worst mother that's ever existed. And I have to say, I love that show so much. I think Mike Schur is a genius. To work with Kristen Bell is such a dream, and I get to work with Ted Danson, which I haven't had the chance to do before, and I have to say, I am such an unabashed just total fan of his and was so thrilled when he got nominated for the Emmy, because he is brilliant. He really is. He's such a joy, and lovely, and funny, and fantastic, and it was so fun to get a chance to work with him."

It isn't hard to start drawing some connections between the archetypes found in both St. Pierre Vanderbilt and Shellstrop, despite the massive differences in genre and tone. St. Pierre Vanderbilt is as vapid as she is malicious, a direct shot taken at wealthy image-obsessed 1% culture that seems eerily, if not dangerously, timely. Donna Shellstrop may not be quite as inherently horrifying or as obviously based in real life, but she's certainly not going to be winning any prizes for mother of the year. In flashbacks during Seasons 1 and 2, we've already seen her rant to Eleanor about her dead dog, show up drunk and late to her ex-husband's funeral (while simultaneously hitting on Eleanor's boyfriend) and only arrive at her own daughter's emancipation announcement under the promise of "free Wrestlemania tickets."

So, sure, The Good Place may not be designed to throw a critical dagger right into the heart of the current American political climate, but the similarities between Grossman's characters are pretty hard to miss. You might even say she's found herself a wheelhouse in over the top, deadbeat ladies--and that's a wheelhouse she's thankfully more than happy to exist in for a while.

"I love that show. I love it, I love it, I love it, and I hope they continue to bring me back, because it's one of my most favorite jobs that I've ever had the good fortune to have in my entire career," Grossman said. "So, yes. Keep your eyes out for me and my tacky, tacky wardrobe and extensions, which are hilarious."

The Good Place Season 3 premieres tomorrow on NBC.

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