Brett Goldstein Reveals the ‘Ted Lasso’ Actor Who Was Easiest to Cast

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For Brett Goldstein, 2022 was a huge year: He won his second consectutive Emmy for playing footballer Roy Kent on “Ted Lasso,” a series he also writes for; made his Marvel debut in “Thor: Love and Thunder”; and his podcast, Films to Be Buried With, hit more than 2 million streams. Here, the actor, writer, and producer shares his favorite big-screen pairing and reveals which “Ted Lasso” costar was the easiest to cast. 

What’s one performance that every actor should see and why?

Everyone should see “Don’t Look Now,” [not] only because I think it’s probably the greatest film of all time, but also because of Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. These performances are so lived-in, you totally believe that they exist as this couple—neither of them seems to be in a film. It’s got a very famous sex scene, but the sex scene will make you cry. Like, it’s so beautiful because it’s really about these two people reconnecting, and everything is so natural and so un-self-conscious. What’s fascinating is I think they’d only met a day before filming. 

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done to get a role?

Putting myself on tape for “Ted Lasso,” maybe. Knowing that if it went badly, it might risk my chance to come back writing [for] Season 2 because they might have been so embarrassed and got rid of me. As much as it seemed like a bold thing to have done, it wasn’t that hard a choice to me, because I was compelled. I’ve never felt that strongly about a part before. It was truly like, I fucking get Roy. I did [a lot of takes] over four or five hours because I really, really cared and I wanted it to be perfect. And then [with] all the things that [have] come after it, I just have gratitude, because it all feels a bit magical.      

Among your “Ted Lasso” costars, whose audition do you still think about today?

Higgins is the perfect one: [Jeremy Swift] got the part when he introduced himself in his self-tape. He said, “Hello, I’m Jeremy Swift,” and he did this funny noise and a weird face. And we all laughed, and we were like, “That’s the guy.” As an actor [who is] seeing [casting] from the other side, [these situations emphasize] why you’ve got to make your own [projects], because it’s such a lottery. I hate that feeling that sometimes people leave the room hopeful. I’m sure when [other actors] read before Jeremy Swift was seen, they had a good shot. But then this person walks in that is so obviously right, it’s undeniable.   

What advice would you give your younger self?

Whatever you want to do that you think you’re not worthy of doing, or you’re scared of doing, or you’re blah, blah, blah of doing—you know deep inside that you’re going to do that thing. So just fucking get on with it. Skip the bit where you worry about it for years.  

How did you get your SAG-AFTRA card?

“Robot Chicken.” [I was] in a voiceover booth with the brilliant writer, producer, and director people, [who were] always going “Bigger! Bigger! You can be bigger!” [So I’d] just go, “Rahhh-ahhh!” Shouting and screaming, doing funny voices—that was very fun.

This story originally appeared in the Jan. 26 issue of Backstage Magazine.

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