Fans of “Ted Lasso” might have seen a familiar “Believe” sign hanging over the door to the Oval Office in a photo posted to President Joe Biden’s Twitter account on Sunday. Sure enough, cast members from the Apple TV+ sitcom visited the White House on Monday and met with the president and Dr. Jill Biden.
As White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at Monday’s press conference, the “Ted Lasso” contingent, which included actors Jason Sudeikis, Toheeb Jimoh, Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein and Brendan Hunt, was there to talk to the first couple. about mental health.
During his turn at the briefing room podium, Sudeikis spoke about the universality of mental health struggles like the ones his character, coach Ted Lasso, has faced on the show.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter where you live, it doesn’t matter who you voted for…we all know someone who has had problems, felt isolated, felt anxious, felt lonely, had problems, that you have felt isolated, that you have felt anxious, that you have felt alone. ”said the actor. “We encourage everyone, and this great item on the agenda, to check with your neighbor, your co-worker, your friends, your family, and ask how they’re doing and listen honestly. … And while this is easier said than done, we must also know that we should not be afraid to ask for help ourselves.”
Sudeikis said he could answer a question from reporters, and a familiar face emerged from the crowd. “Trent Crimm, fake journalist,” said actor James Lance, channeling his character from “Ted Lasso,” a fictional reporter for The Independent.
Lance asked Sudeikis what he thought about Kansas City, Sudeikis’ former home ground, which was named as one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup.
“I’m very excited, truth be told,” Sudeikis said. “I love this town. What really worries me is, once we get all these people from all over the world to come to Kansas City and see our city, eat our food, meet our people, there will be a lot of people who don’t want to move.