He would gladly duke it out with Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, and Nick Mohammed in a "very short pay-per-view" match that we would gladly watch.
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Among Ted Lasso's whopping 20 (!) Emmy nominations were seven for the comedy's ensemble cast — including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominations for Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent), Brendan Hunt (Coach Beard), Nick Mohammed (Nathan Shelley), and Jeremy Swift (Higgins). So when writer-actor Goldstein joined EW's The Awardist for a chat about his nominated season 1 performance, we had to ask: Has the trash-talking among the Lasso lads already started, and how intense is it getting?

"It's wonderful that we've been nominated as a team, and actually it's better that we've been nominated as a team — because otherwise it would be really awkward on set," says Goldstein. "I much prefer that we've been nominated as a team. But… I do want us to wrestle... at the Emmys... live."

Brett Goldstein in Ted Lasso
Brett Goldstein in 'Ted Lasso'
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The showdown could be part of the pre-show red carpet entertainment, or, as Goldstein suggests, a "very short pay-per-view."

The winner would earn the right to approach the podium when the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy category is announced, though Goldstein notes, "None of our names might get called! I still think we should wrestle, just for something to do."

If you're a Ted Lasso fan — and one would assume you are given that you're reading this — you're probably thinking to yourself, "Who would win in said fight: Roy Kent, Nate the Great, Higgins, or Coach Beard?"

According to Goldstein, it doesn't just come down to size. "The thing is, everyone's got a secret weapon," he explains. "I thought, 'Well, I'd win.' But Brendan, I reckon has, like, hidden moves. I reckon he's studied capoeira or something like that... I think Jeremy's got secret pockets of rage, and Nick will come in low and take you over. It's not an easy match!"

For more with Goldstein — including the origins of Roy Kent's gruff voice and why he thinks acting with children is akin to acting with Muppets — watch the full interview above. And please also enjoy this deleted scene, featuring Goldstein's very Roy Kent–esque reaction to my nosy dog.

Check out more from EW's The Awardist, featuring Emmys analysis, exclusive interviews, and our podcast diving into all the highlights from the year's TV shows and performances.

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