Carla Gugino on Taming Schmidt as ‘New Girl’s’ Sexually Aggressive Guest Star
Posted by Lauren on November 26, 2012

When the news broke about Carla Gugino‘s guest arc on New Girl, stories described her character — a vice president at Schmidt’s (Max Greenfield) company — as a female counterpart to Fifty Shades of Grey‘s kinky Casanova. And, as promised, her debut finds Gugino drawing up what might be network TV’s first sex contract.

“I feel like I’m the only person — or woman, at least — who hasn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey,” Gugino tellsThe Hollywood Reporter. “I know what it’s about, and I think with the S&M-influenced contractual obligations that’s probably an appropriate likening … though we are going for much more comedy.”

Without any familiarity with the pseudo source material, Gugino worked with creator Liz Meriwether on the comically sex-crazed Emma before jumping in headfirst on her first day on set.

“There’s a scene where we meet in a break room and I stick my tongue in his ear,” she says. “That was literally the first thing we shot. At one point, [Greenfield] turned to me and said, ‘Oh wow, you really came to play.’ ”


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