GQ Magazine interviewed Jason Sudeikis this month about his career, personal life, and the explosive success of his Apple TV show, Ted Lasso. If you haven't seen it yet, you don't need to be a soccer fan (or even a comedy fan) to enjoy it. Sudeikis has a natural vulnerability and charisma that lends itself to the spirit of optimism, quiet imperfection, and human decency that pervades the show.
In the article, he talks about his split from actress Olivia Wilde after she left him mid-pandemic for Grammy-Award-winning singer Harry Styles. It was huge fodder for the tabloids. Sudeikis and Wilde have two kids together, and their break-up bares an eerie similarity to the dissolution of Lasso's fictional marriage on the show—which was scripted long before the real life split.
Acknowledging the pain of this experience, Jason took a crack at gaining perspective. He told GQ, "I'll have a better understanding of why in a year, and an even better one in two, and an even greater one in five, and it'll go from being, you know, the book of my life to becoming a chapter, to a paragraph, to a line, to a word, to a doodle."
This wisdom is bittersweet. There is no minimizing the losses of these past few years, but I love his ability to zoom out—and the idea that "old man Sudeikis" (or Ted Lasso, as we know him) could be doodling away on a napkin someday, reflecting on the love he once had for this woman, the kids they produced, and the life he found afterward... because there is always something afterward, until the whole, strange trip is over with.
I don't know if time heals all wounds, probably not. Some last a lifetime. They shape us, but with a little of that Lasso spirit, maybe they don't have to hold us hostage.
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