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