Tricia Helfer Is Going to Be Satan's Mom on Lucifer

Image: Michael Courtney/FOX
Image: Michael Courtney/FOX

As if Fox’s Lucifer couldn’t get anymore fun, now they’ve gone ahead and cast Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) to play the titular character’s mother. And the conflict between God’s ex and her fallen son is going to fuel a lot of season two.

Helfer’s going to be playing Charlotte, finally free of Hell and on Earth after thousands of years. She is, as you would be, a bit miffed about that. And she’s super-miffed to be stuck in a human body for the duration—Lucifer got his personality from his mom, but she does not share his fascination with humanity.

Lucifer knows she’s up to something, but she claims she just wants to spend time with her kids. Except, of course, it’s Tricia Helfer, so I doubt she’s just stopping by to ask why Lucifer hasn’t called.

Image: Matt Sayles/Invision for STARZ/AP Images
Image: Matt Sayles/Invision for STARZ/AP Images

It’s such good casting—not quite expected, but the undercurrent of strength and malice that Helfer can bring to this role is just perfect. Everyone’s going to fall for her while also being terrified. Perfect for Lucifer’s mother. And isn’t that what everyone wants to be described as?


Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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Satan’s mom
Has got it going on
She’s all that I want
And I’ve waited for so long.

Satan, can’t you see
You’re just not the Fiend for me?
I know it might be wrong
But I’m in love with Satan’s mom