Keeley Hazell was an inspiration for the role of Keeley Jones in Ted lasso. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke to Juno Temple at the Apple TV + series season 2 premiere on Thursday, and the 31-year-old actress revealed that Hazell, whom series executive producer and star Jason Sudeikis is dating, inspired her role as Keeley Jones.
Hazell and Sudeikis first bonded in February, when a source told ET that the couple, who met on the set of Horrible bosses in 2014, “they look, have fun and see where things are going.” They apparently confirmed their romance in June, when they were seen holding up a PDA while out and about in New York City.
“She is a [friend] of Jason that inspired part of Keeley’s character, “Temple told ET about Hazell, who, like her Ted lasso namesake, is a model. “She was an inspiration for the role.”
While Hazell inspired Temple’s Ted lasso Role, the 34-year-old actress and model also appears in the series, playing a character named Bex, who is dating Keeley Jones’ ex, soccer stud Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster), at the end of the first season.
In August 2020, Hazell even made light of the fact that Temple’s character has the same name as her, writing on Instagram: “Meet ‘Keeley,’ sorry, sorry, I meant ‘Bex.’
In the season two premiere, Sudeikis told ET that Hazell, as well as other characters that appeared in the season of freshmen nominated for various Emmy Awards, will likely appear again in their sophomore year.
“Anyone who appears in the first season is in the universe,” said the protagonist. “Just like in life, you have a tendency to run into people you didn’t think you were going to see again, and then lo and behold, sometimes they show up on your doorstep”
“I think we will see all those people again,” Sudeikis added. “… There is an opportunity for all those reconnections.”
As for what season two holds, Sudeikis told ET that “the idea is that sometimes the best way to help others is to help yourself.”
“You will get to know everyone more. You will continue to be surprised,” Temple added. “These characters will take you around and around in the same way that season one did, where you can’t predict what will happen.”
Season 2 of Ted lasso premieres July 23 on Apple TV +.