Jason Sudeikis talks tackling the subject of mental health on Ted Lasso… and how fans have thanked him for raising awareness
Jason Sudeikis’ critically-acclaimed show Ted Lasso has delved into deep topics in its first two seasons including, most recently, mental health awareness.
And the actor, 46, opened up about mental and emotional health as shown in the program during an interview with Us Weekly.
‘In regard to the mental health stuff, it was just there. It’s been there forever but it’s really come up a lot in just knowing where the characters were headed and how important it is to work on yourself to help your team,’ Sudeikis told the website.
All about mental health awareness: Jason Sudeikis, 46, opened up about mental and emotional health as shown in the critically-acclaimed show Ted Lasso
‘And I think that we were trying to explore that and personify it in a way and kind of trojan horse that there’s bigger issues in this fun, silly little comedy show.’
Over the first two seasons the titular character has dealt with a number of issues stemming from his mental health.
Lasso struggled with anxiety attacks regularly during season one which became progressively worse as time in the series wore on.
Always been part of it: Sudeikis said the ‘mental health stuff’ has always been an undercurrent in the show
Dealing with demons: Despite his outwardly carefree nature, Lasso deals with a number of his own issues
In the second season, Lasso began to see the football club’s therapist who helped diagnose and began to treat Lasso’s mental health issues.
Sudeikis said a lot of fans reached out to him regarding the therapy scenes.
‘People have really responded to that,’ the star said. ‘And myself and other people in the cast and the writing staff get messages daily from people thanking them for really opening their eyes to what it means to go to therapy and what it means for someone in their own life to go to therapy and just speaking about these things and taking the stigma off of any form of health whether it be nutrition or mental, emotional health. Anything that you can do to help yourself helps those around you.’
Working with a therapist: Sudeikis has had a number of people tell him the therapy scenes really helped them
A total life changer: Ted Lasso is one of the biggest projects Sudeikis has been a part of, and he also opened up about how much it has impacted his life.
Ted Lasso is one of the biggest projects Sudeikis has been a part of, and he also opened up about how much it has impacted his life.
‘Ted Lasso’s provided a tremendous opportunity to work with people near and dear to me, but then also to kind of get some of my personal thoughts, feelings and philosophies about life and working with one another and working with a family both the one you are born into and the one you choose to be around,’ the actor said. ‘And kind of hide those messages in and around the jokes and the football. That’s been a big part of it.’
He continued, ‘I get paid to do it so that helps things too. But it’s really been about watching it affect other people’s lives that both work on it behind-the-scenes and on-camera. But also something we could have never anticipated is the way it’s affected people that are watching it. It’s really been something else to hear about.’
Season 3 of the show is set to begin production in London in January of next year.
Ready for another season: Season 3 of the show is set to begin production in London in January of next year