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While Max Greenfield has been working consistently in film and television for over a decade, it was landing the show-defining role of Schmidt on “New Girl” that made people take notice of him as a comedy powerhouse. For the SXSW-premiering “Hello, My Name is Doris,” directed by Michael Showalter, though, Greenfield kept things grounded as the young object of Sally Field’s affections.
Below, Greenfield explains why he took the part without even reading the script, how the film’s stellar ensemble cast came together and what was hard about playing the straight man this time.
How did you get involved with the film?
I had done “They Came Together” with Michael [Showalter] and David [Wain], and Michael and I, on that film, just hit it off. I had such a great experience on that movie. The following summer, I had heard about this movie through mutual friends and I had thought to myself, look, Michael knows me, if he doesn’t think I’m right for it then obviously I’m not gonna bug him about it.
#4.18 – “Walk of Shame” – After a night of partying at Bearclaw’s (guest star Josh Gad), Jess and Cece make their way back to the loft and run into a familiar face. Meanwhile, Coach worries about bringing Nick and Winston around his sophisticated new girlfriend, May.
#4.17 – “Spiderhunt” – It’s a lockdown in the loft when Schmidt’s arachnophobia forces the group go on a spider hunt. In the midst of this chaos, Winston inadvertently makes Jess think that Cece is in love with Nick.
#4.16 – “Oregon” – Jess takes a bumpy stroll down memory lane when she and the gang travel to her childhood home in Portland, Oregon, for her father’s wedding.
#4.15 – “The Crawl” — When a new bar opens in the neighborhood, it completes the final piece of the puzzle for Nick’s epic Valentine’s Day pub crawl. Meanwhile, Jess and Ryan drunkenly contemplate their future, Coach meets a new woman – over and over again – and Schmidt tries to fit into the world of politics.
#4.14 – “Swuit” – Jess helps Schmidt and Nick pitch their new business venture – the “Swuit,” a suit made entirely of sweatshirt material – to entrepreneur Lori Greiner. Meanwhile, Winston and Coach decide they will invest in Cece’s future.
We saw that you attended your first Fashion Week — tell us about that.
It was incredible. It’s always so great when you get to experience something new for the first time. I went to the Monique Lhuillier show and that was sucha beautiful show. It was such an experience, and then I went to a dinner she held afterward. The designer [Lhuillier] was just so lovely and genuinely interested in our feedback and what we liked. It was just such an honest and organic experience.
What are some other designers you love?
Peter Pilotto — I wore a great outfit they designed; I was a huge fan. I’m wearing a Ted Baker dress today for an event, and I love how fresh and feminine their clothes are and the way they fit so beautifully.
Holy Schmidt, Max Greenfield’s TV mom is a Sweeney sister!
New Girl has tapped Saturday Night Livevet Nora Dunn to guest-star as Schmidt’s never-before-seen mother, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Dunn’s straight-outta-Long-Island, controlling matriarch, Louise, is always ready with unsolicited advice or a piece of chocolate.
In November, Dunn appeared on another Fox sitcom, Mulaney, as the title character’s mom.
Look for mother and son to be reunited in a March episode.
According to our New Girl insider, Zooey Deschanel is pregnant and expecting her first child with long-time boyfriend Jacob Pechenik. Congratulations!
Even though Zooey is pregnant, Jess Day will not be. Our insider info tells us that Zooey will be shot from the waist up and will wear loose fitting clothing and empire waist dresses (which Jess is already a big fan of).
#4.13 – “Coming Out” – Jess struggles not to show favoritism to Ryan, now that they are officially a couple, which leads to a disastrous class field trip. Meanwhile, Schmidt gets an ulcer and Winston becomes obsessed with wearing a crystal.