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The Good Place: Every Celebrity That Tahani Has Name-Dropped

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You don’t have to watch The Good Place for long to realize that Tahani Al-Jamil is more than, as Eleanor Shellstrop says, “a hot, rich fraud with legs for days.” She’s also a relentless name-dropper. But when Princess Diana is your godmother and Beyoncé if your best friend, can you really blame a girl for bragging?

Tahani outdid herself in last week’s mid-season premiere, “Leap to Faith,” dropping an unprecedented four bold-faced names: Ben Affleck, Kyra Sedgwick, Russell Crowe, and Pippa Middleton. The NBC sitcom will surely bring us even more, but for now, here’s a list of every time that Tahani has name-dropped her famous buddies.


• “You know, this really reminds me of my time in Vietnam, picking up mortar shells with my godmother, Diana. Doesn’t really matter what she’s a princess of. It’s not really important.”

• “When I turned 18, I knelt in front of Princess Grace’s dress mausoleum and I swore to uphold the hostess code.”

• “I’m going to tell you the same thing I told Pippa Middleton right before we went paragliding in Gibraltar: Let’s go.”

• “Oh, it was a perfect evening. Princess Stephanie was there, as were Posh and Becks. You know, International Sophisticate magazine gave us five Gwyneths.”


• “Believe it or not, I actually found myself in a very similar situation a few years ago, except in that instance, Michael was Javier Bardem and the Bad Place was Vanessa Redgrave’s panic room.”

• “I have to say, this neighborhood that you’ve built is truly a masterpiece, the likes of which I’ve never seen. And I’ve been to Johnny Depp’s private bird sanctuary.”

• “You know, I used to do quite a cutting impression of an ex-boyfriend of mine from the States. He’d be all like, ‘Hey, I’m so rich, I have nine houses, I’m Leonardo DiCaprio.”

• “I also dabbled in some other professions. I was a model, a museum curator, an ‘It’ girl, and — oh, I was Baz Luhrmann’s muse for a while. That was quite fun.”

• “My only real goal was to snog Ryan Gosling at the Met Ball. Which I did. Couple of times, actually.”

• “The only trolley I’ve ever been on is James Franco’s ironic trolley. It travels backwards from his penguin grotto to his garage of adult tricycles.”

• “I mean, I’ve dallied below my station. I once had a brief fling with a non-famous Hemsworth brother, but even Larry Hemsworth had more status than Jason.”

• “Sure, Ben Affleck told me he’d matured as an artist after he directed Argo, but then, right on schedule, it was, ‘Guess what, Tahani, I’m gonna be Batman.’”

• “That roast was the meanest thing I’ve ever seen, and I once saw a waiter bring Russell Crowe the wrong tea.”

• Eleanor: “The real buzzkill whose name I can never remember. Keeblers … car … Kyra Sedgwick?” Tahani: “Oh, I love her. Dear friend of mine.”

• “You know, one of my shyest friends — I won’t say his name to preserve his privacy — but he found my presence so comforting that he asked me to co-host his TV show, Anderson Cooper 360.”

Pop Stars

• “I haven’t been this upset since my good friend Taylor was rudely upstaged by my other friend Kanye, who was defending my best friend, Beyoncé.”

• “I am an expert at mediating conflict, like when my friends Scary, Sporty, Posh, and Baby had an issue with my other friend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”

• Eleanor talking about Tahani: “Yesterday, she told me that she was Taylor Swift’s best friend, but Taylor Swift wasn’t her best friend.”

The One Percent

• “Anyone up for a little icebreaker? You know, I once did trust falls with Barry Diller and it was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.”

• “I am going to tell you the same thing that I told Mark Zuckerberg before he ousted Eduardo Saverin: You are smart, you are capable, and the time has come to hit ‘unfriend.’ I also told Mark to lose the ‘the.’ Just ‘Facebook.’ That was me.”

Malala Yousafzai (and Kylie Minogue)

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