Coach Ted Lasso would never believe he was going to the White House.
Jason Sudeikis, co-creator and star of the series, along with many of his co-stars, will meet with the Bidens on Monday, according to the White House. The Bidens and the “Lasso” actors will “discuss the importance of addressing your mental health to promote overall wellbeing.”
A White House official told the Associated Press that the Bidens had seen some of the show about an enthusiastic American football coach managing a British soccer team in London, and are familiar with its “message of positivity, hope, kindness, and empathy.”
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Biden tweeted a picture of the iconic “Believe” sign seen on “Lasso” taped outside the Oval Office on Sunday night with the simple caption, “Tomorrow.”
Season 3 of the comedy premiered on Apple’s streaming service last week to critical acclaim (new episodes stream Wednesdays). The series has tackled mental health extensively in its run so far, including anxiety, depression and grief. Title character Ted (played by Sudeikis), suffers from panic attacks and began going to therapy in Season 2 as he recovered from a tough divorce.
Other “Lasso” cast members expected to attend include Hannah Waddingham (Rebecca Welton), Jeremy Swift (Leslie Higgins), Phil Dunster (Jamie Tartt), Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent), Brendan Hunt (Coach Beard, and a series co-creator), Toheeb Jimoh (Sam Obisanya), Cristo Fernández (Dani Rojas), Kola Bokinni (Isaac McAdoo), Billy Harris (Colin Hughes) and James Lance (Trent Crimm).
Biden has called on both Democrats and Republicans to expand resources to address the “mental health crisis” in the U.S. as part of his “unity agenda.” The White House has increased funding for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and expanded school mental health professionals.
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Contributing: The Associated Press