Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White from ‘The Bear’ address their relationship on and off screen

It is not surprising that Bear‘s Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen Blanco They have a deep connection: their on-screen chemistry has led to a frenzy of fan theories about their charactersSydney Adamu and Carmy Berzatto, respectively.

Created by Christopher Storer, Bear follow Carmy’s story, a fine dining chef who teams up (and often clashes) with his sous chef, Sydney. The two begin as partners in the quest to save Carmy’s late brother’s restaurant, The Original Beef, but later move their efforts to developing their own restaurant, The Bear.

And although the characters’ on-screen relationship has sparked heated debate about whether there is Potential for a love story between the show’s two leads., the actors’ off-screen friendship is equally interesting. In a broad profile for Edebiri cover story for vanity fair, She and White, 33, gush about how their bond has grown since they began their award-winning journey on the FX series.

Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri as Carmy and Sydney in ‘The Bear’foreign exchange

“We really enjoy each other in life, on and off camera. I have enormous respect for her as a person, but also as an artist. And I hope those kinds of things are reflected on camera between both of us.” Carm and Syd,” White tells the outlet.

“Syd is always able to… I don’t know, offer something different to Carmy, and she’s usually right,” he adds. “And I think Ayo is usually right too.”

“The greatest joy I feel at those award shows is hearing his and Ebon’s names,” White shares earnestly, referring to his co-star. Ebony Moss-Bachrachwho won an Emmy as supporting actor for his role as Richie.

Edebiri, 28, capped an incredible awards season during which she swept major categories for her role as Sydney on the FX series. In January, Edebiri she became the third black woman win in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, a year later Abbott Elementary‘s Sheryl Lee Ralph became the second.

It was an especially momentous victory since Quinta Brunson and Edebiri, who are close friends and frequent collaborators, she became the first black woman to win Best Leading Actress and Supporting Actress of the same year that night.

“My name was in a league with a lot of really amazing performances and shows in their last season and all that. I’m really floored,” Edebiri. he told ET after his winbefore recognizing the success of Bear overall at the Emmys, calling herself and her coworkers “very, very, very lucky.”

“I think that’s really all you can say,” he said. “It’s strange, these things make you win or lose, but I love television. I love watching television. The shows and performances we were nominated for are very good. To have some kind of recognition, especially from our peers, is impressive, humiliating and really nice.”

Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen WhiteAnna Webber/Variety via Getty Images

Theorizing how her friendship with White is reflected in the relationship between Sydney and Carmy on screen, Edebiri tells vanity fair that work “can be something very intimate, very personal and very emotional”, and something about working in creative industries “also invokes feelings of passion”.

“Plus, the guy has beautiful blue eyes. You know what I mean? Those are eyes you want to project into,” he jokes.

And it’s not just Edebiri and White who they have gotten closer within the cast. Anyone who follows the Money The star’s social media accounts can see that behind the scenes, the cast has become her own family. Edebiri regularly posts videos and photos of the cast playing while working on set.

Previously, Edebiri has said that he does not believe fans. waiting for sydney and carmy to get romantic “they will get what they want.”

“It’s not really our thought process when we do the show,” Edebiri said. The Hollywood Reporter last August. “I think it’s incredibly cool to have this dynamic on screen that’s not romantic, but feels charged and sexy.”

But as the show prepares to the June 27 premiere of season 3 — and the Reportedly, it has already greenlit season 4. — fans’ hopes are rekindled. Some fans have even begun to examine the couple’s real-life friendship as material for their theories.

Social media went into a frenzy when cast footage at a Chicago Cubs game went viral over the weekend because White and Edebiri sat next to each other, and the father of two was caught gently rubbing her back and putting his arm around her back in a moment.

“The working relationship between wife and husband is going crazy.” a user wrote, while another user wrote they were “trying really hard to be normal about this.”

Bear Viewers will just have to wait and see if their theories about Sydney and Carmy come true in the coming seasons.

Although Edebiri told ET at the 2024 Met Gala Although she can’t “confirm or deny” whether the restaurant drama has been renewed for a fourth season, she did share that she and the cast have been “working hard” to bring fans a new season.

Around the same time as the show’s renewal, ET spoke with whiteand gave an update on how he’s preparing for season 3.

“I haven’t read scripts yet, that’s the truth,” White shared with ET. “But yes, we will return (to production) at the end of February or beginning of March. I will meet with some chefs from January and start making some preparations.”

For White, that means emotional preparation, as the series focuses heavily on emotional storylines and anxiety-inducing situations, including a Season 2 cliffhanger that scratches the surface.

Fans of the show will remember that season 2 ended with Carmy trapped in his restaurant’s freezer and arguing with Richie (Moss-Bachrach) about letting Claire (Molly Gordon) escape. The discussion closed the episode in which the restaurant also fell into ruins after its reopening.

The 10 episodes of Bear Season 3 will be available to stream on Hulu on June 27.

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