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Ted Lasso’s Hair and Makeup Designer Breaks Down Ted’s Mustache

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Jason Sudeikis in ‘Ted Lasso’.
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Ted Lasso does love a locker room — and his mustache. Jason Sudeikis, who portrays the lovable AFC Richmond soccer coach, grows out his facial hair for the Apple+ comedy, which is currently in season 3 of production.

“There’s pictures of Jason out and about. You can see it doesn’t look exactly like Ted, but it is mainly him. I add to it a little bit. We spend a lot of time on his ‘stache. We’re very aware,” the show’s hair and makeup designer, Nicky Austin, exclusively tells Us Weekly. “We don’t want it to become out of control. It’s every day in the chair. It’s to get the Ted ‘stache to come out. Basically, we have to keep working on it. He does grow it. He grows it for the season every time. And then he gets rid of it when we finish usually.”

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The ‘stache debuted when the series did in 2020, with Sudeikis, 46, also as its creator and executive producer. “He always comes back with a very supportive comment,” Austin says of the actor’s involvement in the look of the characters. “Sometimes even if he doesn’t want it, he’s like, ‘I love the thought that you put into it, but … Because he knows what these characters arcs gonna be. He knows where they’re gonna end up, which we all don’t. So I take my direction from him a lot of the time. He’s very involved in every aspect.”


Jason Sudeikis in ‘Ted Lasso’.
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Ted’s appearance hasn’t changed so much over the years compared to some of his players — more notably Jamie Tartt.

Phil [Dunster] is so up for change and I’ve always had this thing with Jamie where I knew his character’s gonna start off being a little bit of a — I don’t want to call him a wanker, but we do use that word on the show. And then we kind of see him mature a little bit. So he starts off with that ridiculous hairstyle that I think I based on a picture of [Cristiano] Ronaldo from years ago before he got taste. And then he moves back to Man City,” she explains. “And then after he has his row with his dad in season 2, he loses the hair band. So again, becoming a little bit more mature.”

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And according to Austin, Jamie now has “a new look again” in season 3. “That’s gone out the window,” she says of his old image. “Jamie is a character who people perhaps don’t realize how different Phil is to Jamie. He’s not from Manchester. He doesn’t have an accent. He’s a London boy. The way he plays him — I just think he’s so brilliant that we had to just change his look completely. He couldn’t look like Phil. I had to do a whole development with him. And the tattoo and everything. I just wanted to turn him into a real character. Because he changes himself so much to become Jamie that I wanted to do that with his hair.”


Phil Dunster in ‘Ted Lasso’.
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Other actors are in the hair and makeup chair for a shorter amount of time, however. Take Brett Goldstein, for example, who plays Jamie’s former nemesis Roy Kent on screen.

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“I think Roy stays the same pretty much. He’s one of our older characters in terms of how Jamie’s still a young premier footballer. Roy’s retired. He kind of knows where he is [in life],” Austin tells Us. “He’s such a handsome devil. I’d get in trouble if I changed Roy too much. But Jason felt was really important to show that when we see him first off in season 2, he’s not in a great place. And we showed that through his hair and makeup. And then you suddenly see this handsome devil come out of the makeup chair when he becomes a pundit. But no, I don’t really change Roy. He’s in and out of the chair. He’s 20 minutes. He’s a quick one. He’s a constant. He’s not gonna go for any tattoos anytime soon. He knows what he is. He’s happy with where he is. And he dresses in black. He wears the same clothes all the time. So, whereas Jamie, obviously he’s got his loud colors. He’s always trying to change himself. Roy Kent knows who he is, where he is in the world, and he just stays the same.”


Brett Goldstein in ‘Ted Lasso’.
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The same can’t be said for Nate Shelley, played by Nick Mohammed. In the season 2 finale cliffhanger, it’s revealed that Nate transferred to rival team West Ham and showed off brand-new, white hair after a season of turmoil.

“It can happen that quickly. There are stories of people who literally have a shock, for example, they hear of a loved one suddenly getting sick, and they can literally go gray. … So actually, if you look at the timeline it actually has a bit of gray to his hair, and I dyed out to make him look younger in season 1. Then in season 2, as his character becomes angrier and moves over to the dark side a bit more, I started with it black and it started to become a little bit more gray,” Austin explains to Us. “And then as the anger is kind of overtaking him, Jason had this idea that he wanted him to lose the color in his hair. And it’s kind of — it’s a year, really, the progression of it. It just seems quicker because obviously we’ve only got 12 episodes, but the season’s passing through us and then that final shot is actually onto the next football season. It’s actually a few months later. So it’s actually the start. That last shot is actually the start of season 3 in terms of the timeline. It was a lot of work.”

Ted Lasso season 3 is reportedly set for a 2023 release. The series just picked up a whopping 20 Emmy nominations earlier this week. 

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Rita Ora Reveals Her Unusual Emerald Engagement Ring

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Rita Ora has kept the details surrounding her nuptials to Taika Waititi largely under wraps, with no confirmation of the exact date the couple exchanged their vows. What we do know: Waititi proposed to Ora with an emerald in a diamond pavé-set bezel, then presented his new wife with a delicate wedding band during a private ceremony. 

The singer revealed more details about her engagement ring on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which, up until now, she has “never shown anyone.” “Because I love you and I feel like you’re part of our relationship, weirdly, because we watch you every night, I just felt like I’ll show you it,” she told Fallon, before offering up her hand to the camera. “He did good.”

When asked about the selection process, Ora said that she guided Waititi. “I just think, like, when you know what you want and I felt like I really knew that I wanted to be with this person, I just wanted it to feel really right,” she explained. “I may have taken him to the shop and I may have pointed out exactly what ring I wanted.” 

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19 Glorious Photos of ABBA, Masters of Retro ’70s Style

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ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad dominated radio airwaves back in the 1970s—but the Swedish supergroup is still as relevant as ever in 2023. Following up their smash hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” the iconic band released a brand new album, titled Voyage, in 2021—their ninth and final studio album. This weekend, they’re also up for four major Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year, as well as Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for one of their leading singles, “Don’t Shut Me Down.”

Ahead of ABBA’s grand appearance at the Grammys on Sunday, Vogue is taking a look back at the Swedish group’s best fashion moments over the years. Photos from their heyday in the 1970s prove they’ve always been the masters of coordinated group style. While performing on stage, the four members have always shared a penchant for the dramatic—often synching up on groovy suits, bellbottom jeans, or disco-ready spandex catsuits. There’s a reason there’s a whole Broadway musical (and movie) set to their music; The group has a large roster of hits, and an even longer list of statement outfits to go along with them. 

ABBA in 2022Photo: Getty Images

Many of their fabulously retro looks were designed by Owe Sandström, their go-to costume designer at the time. “I wanted [their outfits] to be like pieces of art, more than just costumes,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “My inspirations came from everywhere, from all over the world. Kimonos in Japan, the northern lights of Scandinavia. The latin boleros and flamenco pieces in Chiquitita and Fernando.”

While it’s easy to look back on their 1970s clothes as a time capsule, many of their pieces—including the flared denim and frilly blouses—couldn’t feel more current, especially as designers such as Celine’s Hedi Slimane constantly look back and draw from the decade. Log onto TikTok, and not only is ABBA’s music constantly being used for trending sounds, but many creators are also playing into their ’70s style, too (remember that beauty trend on the app where everyone was recreating bouncy, voluminous, ABBA-worthy curls?). ABBA is the gift that keeps on giving—and we simply can’t wait to see what they wear to the Grammys on Sunday.

Below, 19 glorious ABBA photos to enjoy. 

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The Surprising Hack That Finally Fixed My Insomnia

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I feel like I’ve lost years of my life to sleeplessness—sometimes I look as if I have, too. Most nights I wake in the middle of the night, suddenly on some kind of vigil for that saber-toothed tiger attack. But of course, the tiger never comes (I know this because I am then awake for hours). For me, a good night’s sleep is a meager six hours. The worst-case scenario—about four hours, broken into little pieces (a bit like me)—happens all too frequently. 

Like many insomniacs, I’ve tried everything: over-the-counter sleeping pills (they work, but dependency feels wrong), quitting caffeine and alcohol (it helps, but it is no cure), ear plugs and eye masks (essential), sleep podcasts, bedtime breathwork, magnesium and melatonin (all useless), and CBTi (that’s ‘i’ for insomnia—effective but brutal, and my bad habits and wakefulness always won out). I have followed all the received wisdom around sleep hygiene—to no real effect. And with all the literature around the negative health consequences of sleeplessness, it’s easy to let panic steer your life into obsessiveness around sleep. That didn’t help either. 

But then a chance conversation a couple of months ago with the sleep coach Camilla Stoddart changed everything. “Have you tried journaling?” she asked. I hadn’t. I was always too self-conscious, too unconvinced. To me, journalling belonged with pillow mists and milky drinks in the softly-softly, totally ineffective category. Stoddart explained the science: “The amygdala is your brain’s worry center, and is responsible for emotional processing—it’s the amygdala that judges whether something is worth panicking over.” It was my stressed-out amygdala that was waking me up, she said, adding, “but journalling will help to switch it off.”

Stoddart pointed out that, as someone with a busy mind that is prone to anxiety, I tend towards a state of hyperarousal, i.e., I am always on high alert, whether I’m awake or asleep. “What you need to do is stop the arousal before it wakes you up,” she says. By giving myself 20 or so minutes a day of “constructive worrying,” where you commit all the things preying on your mind to paper and permit yourself to worry about them, I will be offloading my mind, clearing the amygdala of sleep-interrupting anxieties, and lessening my state of heightened arousal. “By journalling,” she adds, “you’re standing down your busy mind and stopping it from warning you over and over again. For all your adult life, your way of dealing with stress has been to do it in the middle of the night— you have to untrain your brain. Just try it for a week.”

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