Actors from the smash-hit comedy series “Ted Lasso” will meet President Joe Biden at the White House on Monday to discuss the importance of mental health, the administration said Sunday. The Apple TV+ series, whose third season premiered March 15, delves into various characters’ mental health, with storylines tackling issues with bullying, anger, relationships and self-esteem, as well as panic attacks.
The show stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, an out-of-his-depth American football coach who is recruited to lead a dysfunctional English soccer club in the aftermath of its owners’ divorce, and as Lasso faces his own mental health issues. The president and First Lady Jill Biden “will welcome Jason Sudeikis and the cast of Ted Lasso to the White House to discuss the importance of addressing your mental health to promote overall well-being,” the White House said in a statement.
“’Ted Lasso’ has inspired the world through its universal themes around optimism, kindness, and determination, and the Lasso philosophy to ‘believe,’” Apple TV+ said in a statement, as reported by entertainment news outlet Deadline. Biden on Sunday tweeted a photo of the Oval Office with a sign reading “BELIEVE” taped above the door—a reference to Lasso’s mantra.
The Biden administration said it has expanded mental health resources for young people and provided nearly $500 million to help states transition to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Anyone experiencing a mental health or suicide crisis can access confidential counseling by calling or texting 988 in the United States to reach the hotline.
“Ted Lasso” won Emmys in 2022 and 2021 for best comedy, best lead actor in a comedy for Sudeikis and best supporting actor in a comedy for Brett Goldstein, among other wins. After winning in 2021, Sudeikis said the show was about family, mentors and teachers, and teammates. “And I wouldn’t be here without those three things in my life,” he said. — AFP