New Girl season 2 is back with a bang, literally! Jake Johnson spoke to me about the fate of Nick and Jess in part 1 of my exclusive. During last Tuesday's season premiere, Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, is "off the grid," which is just code for 'I'm a slut now!,' and Schmidt's penis is no longer broken so he's free to bang anyone. Nick is back in the loft after going back to his cheating ex-girlfriend and then breaking up with her again. Naturally I had to ask Jake Johnson about what's in store for Nick, what it was like to host the Do Something Awards, and his impressive weightloss!
POTP: Is Nick going to have any dates or girlfriends?
Jake: You know, I'm not sure but I don't think Nick's quite ready for a serious one unless somebody comes in and is the right fit.
POTP: So is he crying? Is he going to be doing crying over the ex-girlfriend [laughs]?
Jake: Oh man, I hope not [laughs]! I hope he stops crying. Eventually this man has to stop crying!
POTP: Is Nick happy that he moved back in?
Jake: Yeah, I think he really loves his friends. I don't think Caroline is the right lady for him and I think he kind of realized that. Caroline is starting to get in the past a little bit.
POTP: So you hosted the Do Something Awards this year, are you interested in doing any more hosting in the future?
Jake: No, [laughs], not really. But that was a unique opportunity because it was for charity, which is such an awesome thing and to honor people who have actually done really good things is a pretty cool thing. And it was fun! It was really fun to do it with Max and Lamorne, but I don't think there's a lot of that in my future, no.
POTP: I'm sure it's nerve racking.
Jake: It really was. Yes.
POTP: I notice that you no longer have the little pouch where you keep your extra cookies! I notice that you've lost some weight, so what have you done?
Jake: Just more exercise and less drinking alcohol. And being on TV where you gotta constantly watch Greenfield take his shirt off. And the truth of the matter is, every once in a while my character has his clothes off and it's not up to me when it happens. So I can't be goofing off too much and getting too out of shape and then climbing around in a shower scene! And Meriwether doesn'' really ask. I'll get a scene where I'm like, 'It says Nick is singing and dancing around in the shower. I'm like I, as a man, don't feel comfortable doing that!" and then she'll go, "Great, I'll see you Monday!" and I'm singing and dancing in the shower! I just had to pay a little bit more attention, but there's still a pouch there.
POTP: No no no.
Jake: Yeah, it's still there.
POTP: Do you know how much you lost? Do you have a goal because you're saying there's still a pouch and I see no pouch.
Jake: I don't have a solid line.
POTP: But still staying healthy, right?
POTP: You look great.
Jake: Thank you so much.
New Girl airs tonight at 9pm on FOX.