Ted Lasso's Cast Says It's So Hard To Stay Serious While Jason Sudeikis Riffs As Ted
Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso can certainly be funny when it wants to be, and a lot of that humor comes from the title character himself. Jason Sudeikis' Ted Lasso is seamlessly clever, humble, goofy, and just a joy sometimes, to the point he's an unbelievable character. As I watched the antics unfold in Season 1 and now the recently released Season 2, I had to wonder: is it even harder not to laugh in person?
It seemed like a perfect question to pose to the more serious actors of the show, so who better to ask than newcomer Sarah Niles, who joined the latest Season 2 as sports psychologist Sharon? Sharon was dead-faced to Ted Lasso's charm in the Season 2 premiere, but Niles confirmed that she laughed a lot during the filming process when I asked if it's hard to stay serious opposite Jason Sudeikis:
Sarah Niles revealed that Jason Sudeikis would deliver a line as Ted Lasso and then go back and try things another way. That leaves a lot of room for the unexpected, which could result in more laughs, so credit to Niles for being able to come off so straight-faced and stoic.
This is especially impressive when Sarah Niles revealed that she'd been a fan of Jason Sudeikis going back to his tenure on Saturday Night Live. Niles shared what it was like meeting Sudeikis, given her past fandom and how she felt his skills honed on the show were important to what he's done on Ted Lasso.
Sarah Niles offered some great perspective, but as someone who has only been on Ted Lasso since Season 2 began, she only could speak to so much. Then there's actor Jeremy Swift, who plays Higgins. Swift has played the straight man on the Apple TV+ series for two seasons now and is often interacting with Ted in hilarious situations. Surely, he knows the secret to keeping calm and carrying on during a scene, right?
It turns out Jeremy Swift is just as guilty of laughing from time to time on the set of Ted Lasso. The Higgins actor highlighted the scenes that occur in the coaches' office, in which his Higgins is often around while Ted Lasso, Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt), and Nathan (Nick Mohammed) go round and round. Swift talked about Jason Sudeikis and all the other talent in that room, and just how wonderful they are at what they do:
There are many laughs to be had on the set of Ted Lasso, but at the end of the day, a show has to get made. Luckily, they're all professionals and able to get on through the silliness and deliver an award-worthy show that can make viewers both laugh and cry.
Ted Lasso premieres new episodes on Apple TV+ (opens in new tab) on Fridays. Hopefully, fans are enjoying the season, because based on what we've heard before, the ride may not last much longer.
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