Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel
There may be hope for New Girl's Nick and Jess on the horizon!
The budding relationship between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and roommate Nick (Jake M. Johnson) became as adorkable as the leading lady over the first season, and fans began rooting for the pair to take their friendship to the next level. That was exactly what executive producer Liz Meriwether wanted. "I like to torture people," she jokes of the will-they-or-won't-they tension between the duo.
However, the creator points out that she already made it quite clear that there's hope for them during Jess' Season 1 relationship with Russell (Dermot Mulroney). Right after Jess broke up with Russell — who was shown to be super-passionate with his ex-wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn) even when they were fighting — Jess and Nick shared a hilarious, butt-shaking, yet equally passionate fight. Yeah, that's right, they're MFEO.
"I think they're perfect for each other," Meriwether says. "I just think they're not perfect for each other right now. What's exciting with this season is we're going to deal with it. We're not pretending like it doesn't exist. You would be aware of it if you were living with a person and you had that strong of a connection with them."
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Still, there will be plenty of road blocks for the pair in the coming season, including a recently cast "love interest" for Jess played by David Walton (Bent). We put love interest in quotes because Meriwether was very quick to point out that there's no love there, calling Walton's character more of a "sex interest."
Their "relationship" springs from Jess losing her job in the premiere episode, Meriwether teases. "What's been great is that it kind of unhinges her, which is fantastic to write for that character because now bets are off," she says. "She's really questioning every part of herself, every decision she's made, who she is and what she wants. That leads her to try something she's never tried before, which is to sleep with someone she hates and to continue to sleep with him. I feel like we've all been there!"
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New Girl returns with two new episodes on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c and 9/8c on Fox.