Carla Gugino Does Dirty Things to Max Greenfield and Lives to Tell the Tale
Posted by Lauren on November 26, 2012

Schmidt may have finally bitten off more than he can chew!

New Girl‘s self-professed ladies’ man will meet his match in Emma (Carla Gugino), his new corporate boss who enlists Schimdt (Max Greenfield) in a reverse Fifty Shades of Grey-esque relationship Tuesday (9/8c, Fox). As such, Gugino and Greenfield had to get mighty close throughout filming their, ahem, sadomasochistic (S&M) scenes, which is why turned to the Political Animals alum to find out just how far things went on set. Plus: How is Greenfield as a TV lover? Get the scoop below:

What was your first reaction to this role when it hit your radar?
Carla Gugino:
 My first introduction to it was a conversation on the phone with [creator] Liz Meriwether, and at that point, it was in the incubation phase of, “This is what we think we want this dynamic to be.” As she started describing more of the qualities of this character, I was loving it more and more. I was happy that she wanted this person to be as crazy as [possible]. When Liz said she’s going to be Schmidt’s big boss and she’s kind of bat-sh– crazy, I was like, “I am in. This sounds really fun!” Basically we started talking and throwing out different ideas about how it would manifest itself. Then I think the Fifty Shades of Grey terminology came in later. But it was a character that I really thought it would be fun to jump into the unknown with. I said “Sure, I’m in” before I ever had a script or anything like that to look at. So you’re definitely going on people who are making the show and just a sense of what you might be doing.


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