Football is life — and so is the wardrobe on Ted Lasso. Costume designer for Apple TV+’s season 3 is in the works Jacky Levy is breaking down the main ensemble’s costumes and is revealing creator Jason Sudeikis‘ one simple request for the series.
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“There is a lot of collaboration. Jason likes actors feeling comfortable in their clothes. I don’t mean comfortable like sitting in front of the TV comfortable, but he likes them to feel right as their character in their clothes,” Levy exclusively tells Us Weekly. “Although I always ask him about a new character, he’s very happy to leave it to me and the actor — especially the regulars. Now, he kind of seems to trust me with what we come up with.”
She continued: “I think his only thing was [to]Let the footballers pick a real footballer they admire or have a special connection to. He said that, and it was up to me and the actor for us to come up with some looks. But we do our best. What I’ve tried to do is make them all an individual so they’ve all got their own character. That’s fun within itself because each one’s different. I get to choose really different clothes for all of them.”
Levy was slightly late to the comedy and took over the role after filming had begun. Her first task: “Quickly redesign all the characters’ clothes.”
Ted LassoSince its 2020 debut, the series has received numerous accolades. It was awarded best comedy series at this year’s Golden Globes. Sudeikis was also awarded the Best Television Actor for a Musical or Comedy category for his portrayal of the beloved AFC Richmond coach. The Saturday Night LiveCostar and alum Brett GoldsteinAt the 2021 Emmys they were also recognized, with Goldstein winning Outstanding Supporting actor in a Comedy Series. He was recognized for his portrayal Roy Kent, a gruff football star.
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Ted LassoAlso stars Brendan Hunt, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, Nick Mohammed, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster Toheeb Jimoh. For Levy, working with the cast on season 2’s holiday episode, “Carol of the Bells,” was a highlight.
“That whole episode was great fun. Everyone had a new outfit. It was great. It was great fun to do Rebecca [Waddingham] because she looked very different in that from what we’d seen before. She wanted casual but also a bit cooler and more relaxed. I was able to find the jacket in green and black that would suit Christmas colors. The jacket had to be all tailored into her shape to make it look really good,” she explained. “I had found loads and loads of stuff and then let the actors sort of find the one that they could work with the best and have fun with. That was a really cool episode to do.”
She has been busy behind the scenes working on the popular series.
“We get the scripts quite late. You can plan to a certain extent … you know that Rebecca’s gonna be in the office a lot and the guys are gonna be in the locker rooms changing a lot. And so I try and have a little wardrobe together for each of them, but then there’s always new story lines that come up that you are not covered for,” she told Use. “And there’s new characters that come in, but quite often you don’t get them till a couple of days before you’re about to film. It can be very, extremely last-minute. You must be able to put it together quickly. You kind of get used to that.”
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She had to get used to the fandom that came along with the show’s popularity too. “The cast are all absolutely lovely. They are all so lovely. All of them. It’s so nice working with each and every one of them. I have done costume designing for a very long time now, but I don’t think I’ve ever had so much interest in the clothes as I get on this, the emails I get, the social media stuff,” she said. “I mean so much attention and such lovely people send me emails about how much they love the show and the clothes. So that’s really rewarding, that people are out there noticing.”
Ted LassoSeason 3 is currently being filmed in London.
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