Jake Tupper talks one-on-one with Jason Sudeikis on CNN Primetime on Friday, March 24 at 9pm ET.
Ted Lasso and President Joe Biden are teaming up to, as a television football coach would say, “believe” in the importance of mental health.
Biden and First Lady D. Jill Biden received actor Jason Sudeikis and other “Ted Lasso” cast members at the White House on Monday for a mental health talk, Apple TV+ announced Sunday.
Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Tohib Jimo, Cristo Fernandez, Cola Bockinni, Billy Harris and James Lance joined the discussion.
The actors attended a White House briefing room on Monday ahead of their meeting with the Bidens.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, no matter who you voted for, we all probably – I guess we all know someone who was or was that someone really, who fought, who felt isolated, who felt worried, who felt lonely,” Sudeikis said from the press secretary’s podium. “It’s actually one of the many things that, believe it or not, that we all have in common as humans.”
Sudeikis said President Biden and his team are working to make Americans aware of the mental health care options available, and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said it is the cornerstone of Biden’s “unity agenda.”
“I know a lot of people in this city don’t always agree, right? And don’t always feel heard, heard,” Sudeikis said. “But I truly believe that we should all do our best to take care of each other.”
A White House official said the meeting will focus on discussing “the importance of addressing your mental health issue to improve overall well-being.”
President on Sunday tweeted photograph of a yellow poster with the word “I BELIEVE” above the door leading to the Oval Office. The sign is reminiscent of the sign affixed above Lasso’s office door in the AFC Richmond dressing room at the show.
The Emmy-winning show, which airs in its third season on AppleTV+, touches on mental health issues in its storyline, largely thanks to its main character, played by Sudeikis, an affable coach who seeks a therapist after battling panic attacks.
“In terms of mental health, it was just there. It’s always been there, but it’s really important just to know where the characters are going and how important it is to work on yourself to help your team,” Sudeikis told Us Weekly in 2021. “And I think we’ve been trying to explore it and personify it in a way and sort of a Trojan horse that there are bigger issues in this fun, goofy little comedy show.”
“People have really responded to this,” Sudeikis continued, “and I and the other actors and writers get messages every day from people thanking them for really opening their eyes to what it means to go to therapy and what it means to me. someone in their life to go into therapy and just talk about these things and take the stigma off any form of health, whether it’s nutrition or mental, emotional health.”
“Ted Lasso” is produced by Warner Bros. Discovery, the parent company of CNN.
Biden has made improving mental health a key part of the “unity agenda” in which he debuted. his 2022 State of the Union address. when he urged the country to “take over mental health”.
“Let’s do more on mental health, especially for our children,” Biden also said in a State of the Union address this year. “When millions of young people struggle with bullying, violence and trauma, we must give them greater access to mental health care in their schools.”
The Biden administration has focused on “educating more healthcare providers, making healthcare more accessible and accessible, and building healthier, safer communities, including online,” a White House spokesman said.
A 2022 survey by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 9 out of 10 adults believe there is a mental health crisis in the United States.
The White House has engaged celebrities on several occasions to raise awareness about key issues, including mental health. Actress and singer Selena Gomez, who has opened up about her struggle with bipolar disorder, appeared with the first lady at the MTV Mental Health Youth Forum at the White House last year. Gomez also spoke about using her mental health awareness platform in a video with President, First Lady and Surgeon General Dr. Jones. Vivek Murthy.
According to Apple TV+, footage from the Bidens’ meeting with the cast of “Thed Lasso” will appear on White House social media.
CNN’s Jake Tupper will sit down with Jason Sudeikis for a CNN Primetime one-on-one this Friday, March 24 at 9pm ET.
This story and title has been updated with additional events.