‘Ted Lasso’ Star Hannah Waddingham Practices Her Evil Laugh In Preview Of Rakuten’s Super Bowl Ad

Everyone has a little supervillain inside of them, and Hanna Waddingham lets hers out in the sneak peek of what Rakuten has in store for Super Bowl LVI.

She who lasts laughs, laughs best, right? What about who laughs first? Hannah Waddingham figures that out for herself in Rakuten’s Super Bowl LVI commercial preview. In the teaser for the ad that’ll air during the Feb. 13 football extravaganza, the Ted Lasso star sits in front of a mirrored vanity while dressed in a black gown and elegant jewels. From there, she lets loose the scariest evil laugh this side of your Wicked Stepmother. And then, another. She tries for a third but goes too far into “cackle” territory before pulling back.

What this villainous laughter has to do with Rakuten – the leading cash back shopping platform that allows you to “earn on everything from clothes and electronics, to restaurants and ride-sharing,” per its website – fans will have to wait and see. However, one thing is clear: Hannah had a ball with this shoot. “I’m so excited to share that I’ve partnered with Rakuten for their first-ever Super Bowl ad. How cool is that??” says Hanna in a press release announcing the Big Game spot. “Can’t wait for everyone to meet my boss Leonardo….he’s to die for. Watch out for the full commercial on Feb. 13!”


Rakuten’s in-house creative team developed the ad, and Hannah was the perfect star for the spot. “We were really looking for somebody that was going to be a strong female lead … and that she would have this intimidating element to her, which she does,” Vicki McRae, vice president of brand and creative for Rakuten, told Adweek. “She’s statuesque, she’s strong, she’s a force—we wanted somebody that could have that coupled with really strong comedic chops, and she was the person that rose to the occasion.”

The commercial was shot “in a very famous location outside of London that’s been in a ton of movies, so I think people might recognize it. It’s this very lavish party, and she is the host,” said McRae. While the VP didn’t elaborate on the plot of the commercial, they added that there would be some fun cameos for this Game Day commercial.

‘Ted Lasso’ Star Hannah Waddingham Practices Her Evil Laugh In Preview Of Rakuten’s Super Bowl Ad

Hannah’s role of Rebecca Welton on Ted Lasso has earned some major love from critics and fans alike, to the point that she’s become as essential to the show as Jason Sudekis’s titular character. “The arc of Rebecca literally from episode one is something that… it’s a cliche to say it’s a gift of a role, but it totally is, especially as a woman,” Rebecca said when discussing Rebecca’s development in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife. “I’m happy to admit in my mid-40s and six foot two in high heels, you don’t get these parts where you’re one-minute playing comedy, the next minute playing absolute heartbreak, and I would hope that any woman or man watching it, because I know I’ve had the heartbreak in my life, I hope that people will see that I have taken her very seriously even though she is in a comedy.”

Many have taken Rebecca – and Hannah – seriously. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2021. And now, she might score big on Super Bowl Sunday with Rakuten.

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