In person, Max Greenfield is engaging, chatty and often hilarious. Here, in New York, we’d say that he likes to schmooze. The 33-year-old actor has shot to fame over the last three years by playing Schmidt on the Fox series “New Girl,” and he’s the kind of person fans hope all their favorite actors are in real life: appreciative, but good-humored about success.
Thus far, Greenfield has spent the bulk of his career on television. Before “New Girl,” there were roles on “Ugly Betty,” “Veronica Mars,” “Greek,” that reboot of “Melrose Place” and even “The O.C.” This year, though, he’s becoming a movie star: In addition to a cameo appearance in the “Veronica Mars” movie, Greenfield has featured roles in David Wain’s new comedy, “They Came Together” (out this summer), and the Tribeca Film Festival debut, “About Alex.” Directed by Jesse Zwick, that film is a spin on ’80s ensemble dramas such as “The Big Chill”: Following a suicide attempt by the title character (Jason Ritter), a group of college friends (Greenfield, Aubrey Plaza, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Maggie Grace) reunite after years apart for a weekend of memories, drinking and drama. Greenfield plays Josh, the cantankerous malcontent of the group, who thinks society is headed to hell on an express train (don’t even think about getting him started on social media). As Josh jokes during one of the film’s group scenes, he hates nostalgia, can’t stand the present and thinks the future looks even worse.
HuffPost Entertainment spoke to Greenfield following the Tribeca premiere of “About Alex.” An edited transcript of our conversation is below.
Max Greenfield: I follow the HuffPost on Twitter.
That’s good. You’re very funny on Twitter.
I try to not dive into anything that I’m unqualified to talk about. As many seem to do. I mean, what the fuck? Some people comment on shit and it’s like … there’s something that takes away from the importance of the issue and whatever point you’re trying to make by putting it in 140 characters on Twitter. Cut it out.