Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Johnson: New Girl Jess finds love

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) grow closer in New Girl

Jake Johnson has admitted he is pleased New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether didn't decide to string out Nick and Jess' "will they/won't they" storyline for too long.

The actor stars with Zooey Deschanel in the Channel 4 comedy about a teacher who moves in with three male housemates. There has been sexual tension between Jess, played by Zooey, and Jake's character since the beginning and they are set to begin dating by the end of series two.

Jake told Deadline: "I didn't want to wait. Because the way I've been playing Nick from the pilot was he has feelings for her. To deny that over and over for years - it just didn't feel as honest.

"I don't know if they're going to end up together or not. I don't think Liz knows. But at least we're being honest about, yes, these two people live together, there's chemistry... things are gonna happen."

The actor also revealed he thinks the show has kept improving as it has gone on, rather than becoming stale like some sitcoms can.

He said: "I think it got funnier in season two, crazier and also more grounded.

"I didn't know who my character was at all in the first season. And I would tell that to Liz. I'd be at a table read looking at the script, and I'd go, 'So, now Nick does this.' And she'd be like, 'Just say the lines; it makes sense.'

"And when I came back for season two, not only did I think Nick was very clear on the page, I thought all of the characters were. I think Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Jess were very clear in season one. And this season I think Nick is. I think Winston (Lamorne Morris) is. I think Cece (Hannah Simone) is. I think the whole show works in a much better way."

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