We only have a few more days before Ted Lasso returns to our lives, with season 2 hitting AppleTV+ on Friday. But it turns out Lasso has been around all this time, in the form of the man who portrays him, former SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis.
Sudeikis wasn’t exactly anonymous before Lasso launched, but over the past year or so his profile has exploded due to the acclaim and popularity Ted Lasso has achieved. At the same time, Sudeikis’s high-profile relationship with Olivia Wilde came to an end, and he was nominated for and won several awards for his performance as the sunny, optimistic, curious football-turned-football coach.
As he’s become more well-known, stories have emerged, and people are noticing that Sudeikis has a lot in common with the character he plays, namely his kindness and decency. Those traits are apparent in a story a film critic wrote about a letter he received from Sudeikis after interviewing the actor during the press tour for his film Kodachrome. The movie is about a man dealing with the loss of his father, and having recently lost his father, he mentioned to Sudeikis that the movie had hit close to home.
Later that day, that critic, Uproxx’s Mike Ryan, received an email from Sudeikis, which he shared (with the actor’s permission) in a recent piece:
“Just wanted to shoot ya a quick note and let ya know that I’m so sorry for your loss,” Sudeikis wrote. “And I thank you for feeling comfortable enough with me to share. Please please please feel ZERO regret in doing so. It’s important and fucking necessary for us human beings to do that. To connect. To share. And to not concern ourselves too much with the outcome of such bravery. Especially the men of the world. Our generation is the first to ‘understand’ that notion, but darn it, I’d love to try and be the first generation of fellas to ‘live’ the notion as well. So let’s both continue to attempt to be on that ‘side of history,’ shall we?”
Needless to say, reaching out so kindly is a very Lasso-esque thing to do, which is something Mike notes in his article. A recent profile of Sudeikis in GQ further made it clear that Lasso isn’t just a character the actor portrays, it’s someone that he, in many ways, embodies. You can read the entire email on Uproxx.
Ted Lasso’s second season lands on July 23rd. Believe!