The supporting players who picked up Emmys Sunday evening for their roles on “Ted Lasso” said backstage that great chemistry and the feel-good nature of the show is why the comedy resonates with viewers.
Best supporting actor in a comedy winner Brett Goldstein, who is also a writer on the show, said the series success was a surprise.
“Truthfully, I don’t think any of us thought anyone would watch it, let alone like it, let alone all this,” Goldstein told reporters. “But I do think it sort of speaks to how starved people were to see … people trying to be better and kinder.”
Hannah Waddingham, who picked up the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy, gave credit to the writing.
“The people that are in that (writing) room, the chemistry in that room affords us to have chemistry, and it’s like a perfect alchemy,” Waddingham said.
Goldstein was cast after sending in his own audition tape and joked that he now “felt pretty glad I took the risk,” calling his win “surreal.”
For her part, Waddingham, a single mom, said the Emmy statuette would be placed in her young daughter’s bedroom.
“She can have this in her bedroom to show her that her Mommy will only ever be away when it’s for a really blooming good reason,” the actress said. “And I think it shows her that when she’s older, she just has to fight that little bit harder and magical things will happen.”