‘ Four sea­sons in, New Girl still feels fresh …So I’m in no rush to get out of here’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - WITH JAKE JOHN­SON, NICK FROM NEW­GIRL

“WHILE Damon Wayans Jr and I were shoot­ing our movie Let’s Be Cops, we had a lot of fun to­gether so talked about him com­ing back to New Girl as Coach.

We did the New Girl pi­lot to­gether, so I knew we had a re­ally nice chem­istry, but he went off and did Happy End­ings for a cou­ple of sea­sons.

Let’s Be Cops was a re­ally fun premise. With a movie you never know, but I feel re­ally lucky peo­ple took to it the way they did.

My character, Ryan, was very dif­fer­ent than Nick in New Girl. We flipped – I was Coach and Damon was Nick. I’m used to play­ing more re­served, so it was fun to do. Play­ing Nick that crazy would be re­ally weird.

I al­ways knew I wanted to be an ac­tor and you know in act­ing that things don’t al­ways work in the time or fash­ion you want them to work. So I write and pro­duce be­cause I’m also in­ter­ested in that stuff. The business is chang­ing so dra­mat­i­cally; nowa­days ev­ery­one can do ev­ery­thing. If you can’t, you’re left out a lit­tle bit.

I came up as a part of a gen­er­a­tion where we all made stuff. Derek Wa­ters, the guy who cre­ated Drunk His­tory, and my­self, we were all in a group of friends to­gether, all of us made stuff. So we all got our act­ing work through cre­at­ing. We all write, we all act, we all like to im­pro­vise.

When New Girl is on break, I try to be picky be­cause you don’t get a lot of time; you only get one or two movies, if you’re lucky. Big or small, it doesn’t mat­ter, I’ve gotta think it’s good. So I like to think that I’m picky but at the same time, you’ve gotta work.

This year, I did an in­die movie called Dig­ging for Fire that I was re­ally ex­cited about. And ab­so­lutely the big­gest movie I’ve ever been a part of, Juras­sic World. There were so many rea­sons to say yes to that one. It was the same di­rec­tor (Colin Trevorrow) who did an in­die movie I was in, called Safety Not Guar­an­teed.

Juras­sic World was one of those dream jobs, they don’t come around that of­ten. It wasn’t even a ques­tion of yes or no it was, ‘Don’t screw this up!’ It was a mas­sive or­deal, but I think it’s go­ing to be great. At the end of the day, it’s all the same: when the di­rec­tor calls ‘ac­tion’, you’re still act­ing.

Four sea­sons in, New Girl still feels fresh. Be­ing in a net­work TV se­ries is gen­uinely a dream job be­cause you get to be at home, play the same character, the money is re­ally good, you work with your friends … So I’m in no rush to get out of here.”

NEW GIRL

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