'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Sheba Goodman is one of the best characters ever written and she made Lilian's story more fun
The show has given us diverse, well-rounded, actualized realistic characters, with one of our favorites being the comically weird Sheba Goodman, played by Busy Philipps.
It is a bittersweet time to be an ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ fan, the anticipation of second half of season 4 just around the corner tempered with the knowledge that it would be the final few episodes of the series. As we draw closer to Friday, January 25, 2019, it's almost impossible to not look back on all the great things that the show has given us, starting with the diverse, well-rounded, actualized realistic characters, with one of our favorites being the comically weird Sheba Goodman, played by Busy Philipps.
Sheba is the wild child of Artie Goodman (Peter Riegert), Lilian’s (Carol Kane) latest love interest. She is almost as bizarre as Lilian, but hasn’t reached that ripe age where we see her kookiness as endearing instead of damaging and scary.
Introduced in the first half of season 4, she starts off as someone who only cares about her father’s wealth, but we see her evolve into a well-rounded human being, who is troubled and scared, intimidated by her father’s impressive legacy. Instead of living up to it, she chooses to do the exact opposite and keeps everyone on the edge of their seats by doing the most unpredictable, oftentimes stupid things.
Enter, Lilian, a woman who knows her way around crazy. Having been tasked with taking care of Sheba’s trust fund by her dead lover, she is hellbent on making sure her sort of step daughter stays on the right track. It seems like she is the first one to actually nip Sheba’s ill-advices plans in the bud and anticipate all her shady moves before she executes them.
As Kane puts it, “It's like sword fighting, sparring.” She tells Meaww, “I think that it's good for her to have someone in her life who takes no BS from her, confronts her on the truth and I think that is really important for Sheeba because she functions on a level that is so full of fantasy and wishful thinking.”
Sheba has never had someone do that for her. Artie presumably was very busy trying to build an empire and give back to society, and her brother, too tired of babying her sister and raise a family, wants to give up on the former. Lilian is the first one, as Artie said in his will, who would be able to go toe-to-toe with her, and tell her things as it is.
“It is really important for her to have someone that says to her, 'That's bull. That's nothing. You've to step up and remember who you are and who your father was,'’’ says Kane, adding that while she recognizes that Lilian is not the most responsible person in the world, "somehow, she seems to feel a responsibility of being honest and maternal for Sheba.”
Behind the scenes, too, the duo seems to have a great time with the “sparring,” because Kane claims that playin polar opposite characters allows them to actually enjoy the process. “We have fun - me and Busy Phillips - because we are such opposites and we have a lot of fun,” she says.
If you, like us, cannot wait to see if Sheba’s story on the show will have closure, don’t forget to check out season 4B of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ January 25, 2019, via Netflix.