Jason Sudeikis portrays the American football coach-turned-British Premier League soccer team manager on the Apple TV+ comedy series Ted Lasso. The series is about many things: Sports. Romance. Tea. Self-belief.

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Despite knowing almost nothing about soccer, Sudeikis' optimistic character is confident he can manage the struggling AFC Richmond, with help from his soccer-savvy assistant Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt). 

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Sudeikis won our hearts and the hearts of critics with Ted Lasso, earning both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his performance. 

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“I reject the notion of winning something called a 'Best Actor' trophy," he says. "It's only a reflection of who I get to act with."

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It all started when NBC approached Sudeikis about starring in a commercial to promote the network's broadcast of Premiere League matches.

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The pitches from the advertising agency included one about a shouty, belligerent football coach who becomes manager of an English soccer team. 

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Sudeikis liked the idea, but not the character. "I wanted to play something sillier," he says. Thus, Lasso was born.

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Sudeikis insists that the new season is the Empire Strikes Back of the show. "People go into their caves and face their s—," he discloses.

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Season 2 will also be a showcase for actor Nick Mohammed, whose character Nathan "Nate the Great" Shelley was promoted from team kit man to assistant coach in season 1. 

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Create, destroy. Create, destroy. That's one thing you learn through improv ... As long as we know what the show is, and know why it is what it is, that's all that I could offer anybody." 

Jason Sudeikis

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Sudeikis has said, “The story that's being told - that three-season arc - is one that I see, know, and understood. I'm glad that they are willing to pay for those three seasons. As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don't know."

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