The cast of Fox’s “New Girl” came together Thursday on the Fox lot two days after the season finale aired to discuss season-three highlights and what the future holds for season four.
“Anyone want to fall in love tonight?” murmured Damon Wayans Jr., doing his best Prince impression. (The legendary rocker was featured as a guest star on the Fox comedy.)
Lamorne Morris said it was crazy how normal Prince was on set.
“That was the thing that was so weird,” added Zooey Deschanel. “You’re expecting, you know, someone that won’t let you look at him or something. Or flies in on like a…”
“Or nothing, just flies in,” Morris interjected.
“He just comes out of his dressing room, and he’s like a normal human being that’s standing there and not flying,” said Deschanel.
Prince is not only a musician and actor, but apparently also an impressive ping-pong player. “I played ping-pong with Prince. That’s pretty surreal,” said Hannah Simone. “He gave me a lesson before we played, like he’s great. He’s a master at it, so I took the free lesson.”
Another hit guest star of the season was one with four legs — Ferguson the cat.
Deschanel said she wanted to work with Ferguson so badly that she put in eight or nine requests. “No, every time I got to interact with Ferguson he was in a bag and it was a fake cat,” she said.
Morris had the most screen time with the furry friend, but didn’t enjoy it as much as Deschanel would have. “That cat is a little a-hole,” he said.
In a show revolving around six friends, four are romantically involved, with season three focusing on the Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Deschanel) relationship. But by the end of the season, the two have split and are still living together.
“The thing that is exciting about it is we have a history with these characters,” said Deschanel. “I think these characters are so good in conflict. Season four we have two people who are single, who are living together with a history, who love each other underneath, and then they have to watch each other date people and there’s all this possibility.”
Johnson agreed, telling Variety, “I like playing ‘will they, won’t they’ the most, personally. I think they belong together, but I don’t think they are quite ready to be together. I think the tension of almost being together but not quite is where it lives the best.”
And when it comes to on-and-off again couple Schimdt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Simone), Greenfield said: “It’s gotten exhausting. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m hoping for next season that they get back together or he puts it to bed.”
“The thing is, we certainly put them through the ringer this year,” said exec producer Dave Finkel. “I like the fact that at the end of the episode we put it to bed for a little while. He let her go, and I don’t know what that means moving forward. He’s got a lot of ground to cover before he can get anywhere real.”
On next season’s wishlist: Wayans said he would like Bob Newhart to make an appearance, Greenfield wants Ray Romano, while Morris didn’t hesitate to say LeBron James.
“This is my ploy to get him to become best friends with me,” Morris said.
Throughout the Q&A, the cast couldn’t help but go off topic — especially making a point of making fun of each other.
“This is a true genuine group of beautiful idiots,” Greenfield said.