For Juno Temple, the actor who plays the excitable, ambitious Keeley Jones on Ted Lasso, the best part of the experience has been working with a team she values—but in an interview before the Emmys she said it was nice to see her coworkers get the validation from getting so many nominations.
“I think it will always be just as surreal, shocking, and spectacular,” Temple said. “This has been an amazing ride for the whole group of us. It’s a once-in-lifetime experience to go through this together, get that acknowledgement for a show that is about a team, and to get the nominations for so many of your teammates who are just brilliant at what they do.
For the second year in a row, Temple was up for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy, along with her co-star and friend Hannah Waddington. “I always feel better and safer when I have the extraordinary Hannah Waddington in a room with me,” she said. “Even when we’re shooting, my scenes with her are some of the most treasured scenes in my career. To get to go through this with her, and get to sit by her, and just always be inspired by her as something that I really, really treasure.”
To celebrate the night, she went for a ’90s inspired look with a slinky and shimmery black archive Tom Ford gown and a choker necklace. Choosing to wear Tom Ford was easy for Temple, who said she loves the designer’s work. “I have been such a huge fan of his designing of clothing and how he makes clothing for women. And for men from the minute he arrived on the scene,” she said. “I’ve been collecting his pieces since I was about 15 years old. It actually may be the reason why I haven’t ever been able to buy a house!”
“I do have two good luck charms on me,” she said. One is a pair of underwear meant to remind her of her godfather, Paul Fortune, the interior designer who died in 2020 and did the interiors for the café at Sunset Towers, where Temple is staying. “They are underwear that wish me good fortune. So I’m carrying my godfather with me, which would make him laugh because I’m carrying him, you know, on my pussy! He had a cat that he always called Puss puss.” She also has a diamond bracelet that was given to her by Keleigh Sperry Teller.
Though Temple opted for black, she thinks Keeley, her character on Ted Lasso, would choose something very different, and probably wouldn’t have been able to keep her cool if she found out about the nomination. “It would be very, very un-PC,” Temple said. “I would think a lot of swear words would come out and then I think she would probably squeal and squeak and do some kind of a dance. I imagine she would wear something that would make her five year old self very happy, and also that Barbie would probably approve of.”