"Normally, I'm cast as very dark, dark characters," explained Juno Temple. So when Ted Lasso's Jason Sudeikis texted about a role in the upcoming comedy, the starlet found herself in uncharted territory.
To make things even more difficult for the artist, Juno had to quickly transition from a more ominous set to the hilarity that would be Ted Lasso. "It was all a quick turnaround because I'd been shooting these other projects. I was just coming from another project where I play a much darker character, Little Birds," she said.
"I don't think of myself remotely as a comedy actress. The idea of getting that kind of timing right is just terrifying to me," Temple added. Luckily, she was surrounded by some pretty funny pals. "What was really cool about the first season was I got taught so much by these brilliant co-stars," Juno shared.
And Temple might've been a bundle of nerves as she showed up on set, but the actress soon found comfort in co-creator Jason Sudeikis' patience. "Almost every 10 minutes, I would be like, 'I don't know how to make that funny.' He would say, 'Don't worry; you don't have to. Just be you. Just be exactly as you would be as Keeley, and it will all fall into place,'" the starlet revealed.
Temple didn't hold back praise for the award-winning show and credited the series for her success as Keeley. "The writing is so extraordinary that you know the character you're playing intimately. Everything on the show, from the costumes to the makeup to the production design, is all set up so beautifully that you'd have to be really bad at your job to f*** it up," the actress humbly said.
And the hit series has proven to be a first for Juno in more ways than one: not only is it her comedic debut, it's also the first time she's ever returned to a character for another season! "So, this was new to me, too, and a little daunting. But getting into the headspace of Keeley - who truly is a bundle of light - during this crazy time to be alive... has been special," Temple said. "Keeley has saved my mental health, truly." You know what they say: a comedy a day keeps the doctor away. Ted Lasso's second season is set to premiere on July 23 exclusively on Apple TV+, so don't miss out!