‘Ted Lasso’s’ Cristo Fernández on his real-life history with soccer

At 15 and already within the skilled soccer system in his native Mexico, Fernández had little else apart from the sport on his thoughts. He’d attend highschool at evening and for 3 years after he completed, soccer was all he did. His dad and mom, nevertheless, inspired him to pursue his training, as effectively. 

“Football (Soccer) was the only thing I wanted to do, but my parents pushed my to study something, and I was like, ‘Okay, just so you stop bothering me,'” he mentioned.

As a result of he is at all times cherished languages — he speaks 4 and is hoping to study Italian by the top of the yr — he pursued communications, admitting that at first “I was the worst student because I didn’t care at all.”

That modified across the time a knee harm sidelined him, and Fernández discovered himself in movie lessons. There, he found a brand new ardour.

“I thank my parents for encouraging me to try something new, and that’s what I also encourage everyone in life [to do]. They should never close themselves to other opportunities,” he mentioned.

Decided to observe his new love even additional, he labored a number of jobs for practically three years so he might lower your expenses to additional his research. For a time period, Mr. “Football is life” even bought life insurance coverage. (“That’s where I pretty much saved most of my money with that job,” he mentioned.)

He finally had the cash he wanted to check within the UK, a selection influenced by the music and artwork to come back in a foreign country that had long impressed him and his want to be uncomfortable. To go, as he mentioned, the place the “weather is complicated.” (Fernandez jokingly admits that he struggled to love tea like Ted Lasso did upon his arrival to the UK within the TV sequence.)

In a approach, his personal fish out of water story led him to, effectively, appearing in a fish out of water story that has turned him into an Emmy nominee. 

Brendan Hunt, Cristo Fernández and Jason Sudeikis in "Ted Lasso," premiering July 23, 2021 on Apple TV+.

Believing within the message

Earlier this month, “Ted Lasso” earned a nomination for greatest comedy and a document 19 different nominations. 

The present has grow to be arguably Apple TV+’s greatest hit to this point, with no explicit motive on paper to take action — it is a couple of lovable American soccer coach (Jason Sudekis) who finally ends up teaching a UK soccer group, unaware he is a pawn within the offended group proprietor’s revenge plot towards her ex. Although you would not understand it from the logline, it is candy, it is good-natured and if it exists simply to make individuals really feel good, it is succeeding.

The upcoming second season, out this week, will likely be extra of the components that helped the freshman season soar, with just a few additions to the forged. One new face is Sharon, a sports activities psychologist performed by actress Sarah Niles.

Unable to tease a lot, Fernandez mentioned the physician’s addition will assist the present additional discover the problem of psychological well being, “which I think is very relevant and important in our world right now. “

“I think a really good message of our of our show is to get rid of this macho mentality and the unhealthy masculinity where men don’t cry, men don’t speak about their feelings,” he mentioned. “Even myself, where I’m from, you hear that, too, and it’s not true. It’s good to speak up for your feelings and be open about it.”

Fernández mentioned being a part of the present has taught him rather a lot — not simply day after day. (He’ll usually keep on set after he is wrapped as an actor, saying “I just love watching everyone do their job and learn from them.”) It is influenced his personal filmmaking philosophy and knowledgeable the sorts of initiatives he’d wish to make by way of his personal movie firm, Espectro Mx Movies.

“I think ‘Ted Lasso’ has allowed me to, to realize the importance of sending a message, whatever it is,” he mentioned. “Just put something there that has a core and has a heart.”

Jobber Wiki creator Frank Lengthy added to this report.