Juno Temple makes a stunning admission about her role on 'Ted Lasso'

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday, Ted Lasso star Juno Temple spoke about her unlikely starring role on the show, for which she’d recently received her second Emmy nomination. Before her role as Keeley, Temple had been known for being more of a dramatic actress, and thought that the lead on Ted Lasso, Jason Sudeikis, had made a mistake when he contacted her.

“He sent me a text,” Temple said, “and there was this moment where I had thought, ‘Oh gosh, this is gonna be awkward because I’m pretty sure he has text the wrong actress.’ And I’m gonna have to write back being like, ‘Yo, this is Juno Temple. I don’t know if you actually know who I am.’”

While Temple credited Sudeikis for his part in casting the show, she admitted that she still sometimes struggles to know when she’s delivering a joke and when she’s not.

“I think, you know, he has this ability with a lot of people cast in the show, to see something in all of us that we didn’t necessarily think we had in us at all,” Temple said. “That being said, a lot of the times I’m telling jokes on Ted Lasso, I don’t know they’re a joke, so…”

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JIMMY FALLON: Backstage, you were saying, yeah, I didn't know I could be funny. Or, I didn't think that-- like, you're a dramatic actor.

JUNO TEMPLE: I was known, definitely, more for, yes, you know-- I've played, like, lesbian werewolves.

[LAUGHTER]

I've played--

JIMMY FALLON: That'll get you typecast, yeah.

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KYLIE MAR: Juno Temple joins "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Thursday, where she spoke about starring on the hit show "Ted Lasso," for which she recently received an Emmy nomination for the second consecutive year. Temple credited Jason Sudeikis for helping to put together the cast, but admitted that, due to being a dramatic actress, she doesn't always know when she's delivering jokes on the show.

JUNO TEMPLE: I think he has this ability, with a lot of people that were cast in this show, to see something in all of us that we didn't necessarily think we had in us at all. That being said, a lot of the times I'm telling jokes on "Ted Lasso." I don't know they're a joke.

[LAUGHTER]

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KYLIE MAR: And Temple admitted that when Sudeikis first contacted her for the role of Keeley, she thought he had made a mistake.

JUNO TEMPLE: He sent me a text. And there was this moment where I thought, oh, gosh, this is going to be awkward because I'm pretty sure he has text the wrong actress. And I'm gonna have to write back, being like, yo, this is Juno Temple. I don't know if you actually know who I am.

[LAUGHTER]

JIMMY FALLON: Yeah.

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