Brendan Hunt is still surprised that ‘Ted Lasso’ is so popular
Celebrities lined up to rave about the show. Who is your favorite celebrity fan?
Barry Jenkins was pretty cool. He just came out of nowhere on Twitter and immediately said something like, “My name is hereby the leader of the fan club ‘Ted Lasso’.” I’m like, âBarry Jenkins? Wow, this is crazy! “
What was most surprising about receiving the show?
How many there are! We never planned for this at all. We thought the show would be decent because we had a pretty good writing room and had a blast writing it. And once we shot it, it was like, “Oh, this cast is pretty good, actually.” But that groundswell, and the fact that people don’t just laugh about it, it means a lot to them – hoo boy. None of this was planned.
References to “Ted Lasso” have started popping up in sports culture – Alex Morgan did a Lasso dance on the field not too long ago, and NBA coaches have mentioned him in interviews. What’s your favorite example?
Alex Morgan’s dancing, for sure, because it really is an extra effort. Someone sent it to me, and I didn’t even recognize it at first, but I was like, [in a high-pitched voice], “Oh my God !” But trainer Quin Snyder [of the Utah Jazz] that’s great too, because it wasn’t the preseason press conference; it was before a playoff game. It was a high pressure moment, but he took the time to talk about our little skit. It’s pretty neat to think about it.
Were you surprised that the show was such a hit with professional soccer players?
When we shot the second commercial, we worked with [the American goalie] Tim Howard. And when we asked him if he saw the first ad, he just laughed at us. He was like, “Yeah, we watched him; we watched him a lot.âWe were like, ‘what? I mean, we don’t understand football that well – we do. This show is written from a place of love for football, not a place of intimate knowledge of it. So for so many soccer players to say that they dig, even knowing that we are wrong on a lot of basic things, it means that they are connected to the mind of it, which is much more. important and really cool to see.
Season 2 is released next week. Does this transport of Emmy increase the pressure?
This is what it is now, so we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. None of the praise or accolades really change anything for us because by the time the show came out, we already had Season 2 largely structured. We were just putting the finishing touches on the scripts. I don’t think it would have affected us anyway, but it hasn’t had a chance to affect us. The only thing it did was give us another sigh of relief knowing, “OK, our instincts are correct, we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing.” “