‘Ted Lasso' Star Phil Dunster Says Girlfriend Caught Him ‘Playing With Himself' in FIFA

Dunster's fictional player from "Ted Lasso" is a playable character in "FIFA 23"

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Congratulations, Phil Dunster -- you played yourself.

Dunster plays Jamie Tartt in "Ted Lasso," and he also plays with Jamie Tartt using a controller.

"FIFA 23," the latest installment of the popular soccer video game, includes AFC Richmond, the English club managed by Ted Lasso in the titular series. Dunster admitted that he can't help himself when firing up the game, and it's led to eye rolls from his girlfriend.

"She was like 'Not again …'" he said on "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

Tartt has the highest overall FIFA player rating (84) of any character on the show. Not only does Dunster play with AFC Richmond in the game -- he specifically tries to use himself.

"He's also really good, as well, so I just give the ball to him all the time," Dunster said.

"American Auto" star and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Ana Gasteyer defended Dunster and said her children have caught her watching old sketches. Still, Dunster believes the video game aspect takes things to a different level

"It puts a whole different meaning to playing with yourself …" he said.

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