The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri addresses ‘frustrating’ fan theories about Sydney and Carmy

The bear Star Ayo Edebiri has responded to “frustrating” fan theories about a possible romance between her character and Jeremy Allen White’s leading man.

The 27-year-old actor stars alongside 32-year-old White in the FX workplace comedy about chef Carmy whose life’s goal is to transform his family’s Chicago sandwich shop into a gourmet experience.

After the recent summer premiere of Season 2, there was a lot of talk on X (formerly known as Twitter) from those who advocated a relationship between Carmy and Sydney.

Many of them have desperately tried to read between the lines to find a budding romance between the two that the cast previously said will never materialize.

“In the third episode of The bear [season two] and Carmy is definitely in love with Sydney,” one fan tweeted.

Edebiri acknowledged that shipping is an inevitable “part of a show’s culture” and admitted that she finds it “frustrating”.

“I don’t think they’re going to get what they want,” she said The Hollywood Reporter in an interview conducted before the ongoing actors and writers strike. “It’s really not our thought process when we’re doing the show.”

While Edebiri said she definitely loves “that little shitty guy in the kitchen,” she assured fans their relationship is platonic.

Molly Gordon, the newest addition to the series as Carmy’s actual girlfriend Claire, also told the publication that she doesn’t subscribe to those theories.

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However, she felt that White and Edebiri’s “dynamic canvas that isn’t romantic but feels charged and sexy” sparked a growing Carmy Sydney fan base.

Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri in The Bear


The latest season follows the kitchen team as they transform the formerly run-down eatery into a modern, chic, Michelin-starred restaurant.

It has garnered critical acclaim from both critics and fans, and currently sits at a near-perfect 99 percent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. In addition, he received a whopping 13 nominations for the upcoming Emmys — which have officially been pushed back to 2024 due to the strikes.

The full list of 2023 Emmy nominations can be found here.

“As frenetic and intense as ever, this cooking drama sizzles in the pan.” The Independentwrote Nick Hilton in his four-star review of The bearis the second season.

The bear is available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney+ in the UK.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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