Ted Lasso Makeup Designer and Hairstylist Nicky Austin on the Coach’s Mustache and How Nate’s Hair Tells a Story – Below the Line

Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso/Apple TV+
We conclude our Ted Lasso below-the-line trilogy by chatting with Nicky Austin, the present’s lead Makeup Designer and Hairstylist, who’s up for one in every of the present’s 20 Emmy nominations this 12 months — the identical complete as final 12 months, by the method.
Ted Lasso follows an American soccer coach (Jason Sudeikis) who scores a job abroad teaching the English soccer workforce AFC Richmond, which is owned by Rebecca Walton (Hannah Waddingham), and led by star gamers Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) and Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster). The solid additionally consists of Nick Mohammed as supervisor-turned-coach Nathan Shelley; Jeremy Swift as workforce govt Higgins; James Lance as sportswriter Trent Crimm; and Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard. Sudeikis and Hunt developed the sequence with Bill Lawrence and Joe Kelly.
Earlier as we speak, we spoke to Sound Mixers Ryan Kennedy and Sean Byrne in addition to Sound Editors Brent Findley and Bernard Weiser, and for our remaining Ted Lasso interview, we transfer away from the present’s audio elements and focus on its visuals — particularly, the hair and make-up work on the characters. Below the Line spoke to Nicky Austin, who mentioned her Emmy nomination for Episode 10 of Season 2 titled “No Weddings and a Funeral,” for which the solid received all glammed up for Rebecca’s father’s funeral.
Here’s what Austin needed to say about working on the beloved sequence, which Apple TV+ has already renewed for a third season…
Nicky Austin
Below the Line: Congrats on your Emmy nomination! Did you ever suppose you’d be on this place if you first began on this present?
Nicky Austin: Absolutely not. It was a new sequence. Most of us have been in it since the starting, we had the pilot and [the] NBC industrial, however we didn’t know what to anticipate. Of course, we had a good feeling with Jason, [who’s] sensible, and Bill Lawrence and the writers behind us, too. So, to be trustworthy, after we hit the first set for the first time, then we felt prefer it could possibly be particular, like there could possibly be a little little bit of magic.
BTL: How did you get entangled?
Austin: They needed it to be genuine and so as a result of it revolves round the workforce FC Richmond, they employed a native producer in London. I had labored along with her earlier than and she referred to as me and stated: ‘I’m doing this little comedy.’ That was very humorous. I’ve identified her for years and she’s a buddy of mine by the method. I had simply had my second little one and needed to interrupt again in with a good, little simple present. And then she goes, ‘Maybe I ought to have talked about, it’s Warner Bros.’ new sequence and can be streaming on Apple TV and stars Jason Sudeikis.’ So that was not a little job, but it surely was an incredible job! Three years later, it has modified my life.
BTL: How did you provide you with fashion concepts for a few of the characters?
Austin: Ted was established from the NBC industrial. So for my preliminary pitch, I stated, ‘we don’t wish to mess with him an excessive amount of.’ We streamlined him a bit, however that was it. But for the others, I had a lot of concepts. And they weren’t solid. So for Rebecca, I had concepts, and once they solid Hannah, it was like they learn my thoughts. She was the girl in my presentation. Glamorous, completely blond hair. It was additionally collaborative with the concepts Jason had.
In my head, Rebecca, firstly, would have battle paint on. In the pilot episode and Season 1, she was a bit beat up. She had damaged up along with her husband, he had cheated on her. I needed her to be able to go to battle in such a male-dominated atmosphere, like Premier League. So she was to be prepared for battle. She needed to be trying good in that sense. Hannah walks in and she’s 99 % there, to be trustworthy. I needed to tone myself down. If you set any little bit on Hannah, she appears like she simply walked out of a salon, as she’s so naturally beautiful. I lucked out along with her and the relaxation.
Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso/Apple TV+
BTL: Does she have extensions or had been these principally used on Juno Temple’s Keeley?
Austin: Season 1, nothing in any respect. Season 2, not size extensions, however simply a little extra quantity to distinguish her. She was in the courting recreation, I knew she was going to begin seeing Sam. I didn’t wish to make her look unnatural, so solely when her head is down, to see a little extra.
Of course, Juno’s character, Keeley, is completely completely different. She is pleased with how a lot she has. And I’m Juno’s private [stylist], by the method, (and Jason’s, too). She’s actually achieved up and has a lot of extensions, [and] it’s a mission of mine to make her seem to be she’s all there.
BTL: And what had been you making an attempt to do with Jamie, the soccer participant who is actually cool and into himself and his appears?
Austin: Jamie is a character I actually needed to focus on. I immediately felt like he was going to be misinterpret. People had been going to suppose he was a wanker — and they did. But I knew there was one thing deeper, his household historical past, and so on. So the preliminary look was based mostly on Cristiano Ronaldo and that hit house for me, however later in the season, I modified him to a separate Ronaldo look. And I believed, ‘Oh, now he appears like [an even] larger wanker.’ It was effective, he deserved it. So in Season 2, we based mostly him on Jack Grealish, a large Premier League participant that performs for England. He has this loopy fade-in huge hair, and he wears a headband. It mixes nicely along with his outlandish costumes, however I additionally designed his tattoo sleeves. The concept was to make Jamie Tartt look extra like a tart.
Nick Mohammed in Ted Lasso/Apple TV+
BTL: What about James Lance’s reporter character, Trent Crimm?
Austin: Oh I really like him, we name him Jimmy. He has a lot hair. And he flicks it in between every take, and we have now continuity issues, so I are available in and give it some damp down.
Another one I like is Nick Mohammed. He comes [into his own] mid-Season 2 [and] I’m so pleased with his transformation. It was Jason’s concept to gray him out as he transitions to the darkish facet. And my make-up artist did a nice job greying him out as he will get angrier, and then that remaining shot as his hair has gone white and his eyes black. It was a nice method to inform the story and I’m excited for him in Season 3.
Nicky Austin
BTL: Now it’s important to inform us one thing about Season 3!
Austin: You wish to get me in hassle! It’s excellent. It’s the Ted that everybody needs and that everyone loves. There are a lot of Easter eggs. You’ll say, ‘oh, that tracks again to that.’ The writing is so intelligent. I believe individuals will actually take pleasure in it. I do know individuals are determined to see it now, but it surely’s value the wait.
BTL: What is the most difficult a part of doing the present, in addition to your favourite half?
Austin: The solid is large. Trying to make them look completely different. They’re millionaire footballers and in actual life, they actually go to the barber each different day. And we have now a various solid. We must make individuals look completely different and fascinating.
My favourite half is Jason. He has make-up and when he’s in my chair, I simply take pleasure in it, watching that transformation. Ted seems and it’s about 25 minutes on the chair, however these are my favourite of the day. If the mustache is trimmed, it’s 25 minutes. If not, it’s a bit longer. He’s good about trimming, however generally I’ve to cease him. I additionally lower his hair.
BTL: What does it really feel prefer to be nominated for an Emmy on your work on this present?
Austin: Surreal. I used to be out on vacation with my boyfriend and I used to be scrolling to see who [was nominated[ and I didn’t think about it will be my division, and then I received a message from somebody in the solid saying “Congratulations.” I used to be in Turkey and it was simply incredible. I referred to as my mother. I texted Jason, Brendan, and additionally Juno Temple. We had been so excited. 20 is such an honor once more! We had been all at work earlier as we speak and had a take a look at one another questioning how this occurred.
BTL: Thank you once more on your time, and better of luck at the Emmys!
Both seasons of Ted Lasso at the moment are streaming on Apple TV+, which has not introduced a launch date for Season 3.


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