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  • Jason Sudeikis has given a massive interview with GQ.
  • The Ted Lasso star and creator spoke about the show, life, his split from Olivia Wilde, and more.

Ted Lasso creator and star Jason Sudeikis has sat down with GQ magazine ahead of the show's upcoming season, which is due to air Friday, July 23.

The interview discusses Sudeikis, the inception of Ted Lasso as a concept, and more, from the story:

He got famous playing a certain kind of funny guy on SNL, but when Jason Sudeikis invented Ted Lasso, the sensitive soccer coach with the earnest mustache, the actor found a different gear—and a surprise hit. Now, ahead of the show's second season, Sudeikis discusses his wild ride of a year and how he's learning to pay closer attention to what the universe is telling him.

The rolling interview talks about Sudeikis' experience filming Ted Lasso, and his earlier years working for Sunday Night Live, as well as his split from Olivia Wilde and the inevitable questions about how much of Coach Lasso he sees in himself, as well as some of the parallels that have emerged in Sudeikis' life when compared to the story of Ted Lasso:

The first season of Ted Lasso had already been written—had already aired—by the time Sudeikis found himself living some aspects of it in real life. "And yet one has nothing to do with the other," Sudeikis told me. "That's the crazy thing. Everything that happened in season one was based on everything that happened prior to season one. Like, a lot of it three years prior. You know what I mean? The story's bigger than that, I hope. And anything I've gone through, other people have gone through. That's one of the nice things, right? So it's humbling in that way."

The interview also includes the hilarious story behind Sudeikis' appearance and acceptance speech at the Golden Globes earlier this year:

He had his misgivings about the event—the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the awards, had been in the news for a series of unflattering revelations about its organization, and also the show was taking place in the middle of the night in London. Tom Ford had sent over a suit for Sudeikis to wear, and he tried it on, in his flat in Notting Hill, but he felt ridiculous, there in the middle of the night, and so changed out of it and into a tie-dyed hoodie made by his sister's clothing company.

Despite comments made about his appearance, Sudeikis confirmed he was "neither high nor heartbroken".

The full interview is a tremendous read and you should definitely check it out here. The new season of Ted Lasso airs on July 23 on Apple TV+.

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