The Emmy Awards took over the Nokia Theatre in downtown LA tonight, and some of the hottest names in TV stepped out to celebrate the year's achievements. We were on the red carpet capturing all the fun while some stars like Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, and Cat Deeley kept fans updated on the festivities by posting pics to their social media accounts. Heidi Klum shared a photo on her way to the show, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus was spotted backstage following her win. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Max Greenfield shared a hug before the telecast, and Kat Dennings got a closer look at the statues being handed out.
The 2012 Primetime Emmy nominees were announced this morning with Mad Men and American Horror Story both at the top of this year's list, and BuzzSugar editors Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal are sharing their first impressions on the biggest snubs and surprises. Watch as they share their excitement over the New Girl nomination for Max Greenfield, why they think Hugh Laurie was robbed, and more!
Ready to have your mind blown by two awesome things converging together into one amazing thing? We uncovered a clip of New Girl's Max Greenfield (aka Schmidt) playing a young Sandy Cohen on The O.C. in 2007. Watch him as he woos young Kirsten Cohen on the UC Berkeley campus with a campaign pin. (True romance!) Not only do I see a shocking resemblance to Peter Gallagher, but I have to confess we wouldn't have been able to resist either.
Max Greenfield plays Schmidt on New Girl, a character that has a tendency to be materialistic, inappropriate, shirtless at any given moment. He can also be a sweetheart, thanks to Greenfield's funny, careful portrayal of him. I recently chatted with Greenfield while he was promoting Zevia, an all natural soda with no artificial sweeteners. Zevia has launched a campaign against artificiality, and they chose Greenfield to work with since he's a person who says what's on his mind and, like Schmidt, isn't afraid to be real. With that in mind, Greenfield and I chatted about when Schmidt is being the most real, the relationship between Schmidt and Cece, the sexual tension between Nick and Jess, and how real the show's drinking game True American is.
BuzzSugar: When is Schmidt being the most real?
Max Greenfield: I honestly think he's never not being himself. And that's his best quality and his biggest fault. He's always being real. Sometimes it would be nice if he had a filter every so often.
Buzz: Do you feel pressure to work out because you know shirtless scenes are coming?
MG: Uh, would you? It's terrifying! I'm not one of these guys who's just like, "Yeah I'm ripped. I can eat whatever." I work out so hard. And I work out really hard to get to a decent point. But so easily I could go off and go on a three, four day bender where I'm just throwin' down cookies, bread, sandwiches, and at the end of four days, you're like, "Oh yeah, I can see a significant difference."
Buzz: You also have to wear stuff like tiny bike shorts; do you ever get resentful when you see your costars Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris wearing jeans and t-shirts?
MG: I don't get resentful toward them. I get resentful every once in a while toward the writers, just because sometimes it's like, "Really, guys?" I'd just like to know this is happening. They're on set and they're watching it, they can see everything. They have seen everything. Our showrunners, and our crew, and everybody else, has seen everything.
To find out what else Greenfield had to say about New Girl, its budding relationships, and the confusing drinking game True American, just keep reading.
PaleyFest: New Girl Cast Talks CeCe and Schmidt's Unexpected Romance and "Too Much Chemistry" Between Nick and Jess
PaleyFest was full steam ahead last night with the hilarious cast of New Girl taking the stage to discuss the first season of their runaway hit. The panel was an hour and half comedy routine filled with jokes about Max Greenfield's small nipples and interesting mole patterns, Jake Johnson's horrible dancing, and Zooey Deschanel's favorite scene to date. The cast also dished about what they hope will happen in the relationships between Cece and Schmidt as well as Jess and Nick. Here are some of the highlights:
- Deschanel on how much of her character, Jess, is based on herself: "It's not really. I would say I put a lot of myself into it, but I wouldn't say it's me at all. It's filtered through my body and voice, that's certainly similar. It's more like a 13-year-old version of myself."
- Schmidt's constant nudity has become an ongoing joke among the cast. Deschanel, Johnson, and even Greenfield had a good time poking fun at Greenfield's "tiny nipples" and mole covered physique. Deschanel noted, "[Max's] tiny nipples make his body look more jacked." Johnson also complimented his costar by saying, "Your pecs look huge!" Greenfield played it cool, and even made light of his noticeable chest moles by adding, "When I was a young child, my mother said, ‘You know, all those moles on your body, it’s a map of the constellations' . . . and you know what? Maybe they are."
- Schmidt's way with women has resulted in some hilarious one-liners and popular scenes, but even Hannah Simone was surprised when she found out CeCe and Schmidt were hooking up. "He seduces a woman by listing cheeses! I remember I was reading [the script] and it said, CeCe and Schmidt in bed together and I thought, 'Oh my God, I had a lot of respect for Miss CeCe and now I have to rethink this whole character.'"
- Greenfield had a different response to CeCe and Schmidt's new relationship status by simply stating, "It's love. The CeCe thing has really put a wrench in [Schmidt's] plans for the rest of his life. It's not every day a model shows up in the loft and says 'What's going on?' and the next day you're hooking up with her." (An audience member then yelled out "douche bag" and Max stood up and dumped the entire contents of his wallet into the douche bag jar).
To see what else the cast had to say about when we'll finally see Nick and Jess get together, just read more
The cast of New Girl joined forces in LA last night for a PaleyFest discussion panel about their hit show. The event kicked off with a preview of tonight's episode titled "Injured" in which Jake Johnson's character Nick gets tackled during a friendly game of touch football that results in a hilarious trip to the doctor's office. Prior to the panel we chatted with the entire cast — stay tuned for more from our exclusive interviews in PopSugar Rush! Jake, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris all gushed about Zooey and her amazing work ethic. Newcomer Hannah Simone also praised Deschanel for her dedication to the character and willingness to try anything. Hannah also weighed in on her character's secret relationship with Schmidt, played by Max. Both Max and Hannah are excited to see where the romance will go.
The lovefest didn't stop there for the "fab five," who sat down to discuss upcoming episodes, and on-set secrets with fans. Zooey and Jake revealed producers have asked them to scale back their onscreen chemistry while Max will go to extreme lengths to get a laugh out of his costars. Zooey revealed she'd love to have her sister Emily make a cameo, but she doesn't see it happening this season. Justin Long and Ryan Kwanten played potential suitors for Jess, Zooey's character, and up next "sophisticated, debonair, and fancy" Dermot Mulroney will attempt to sweep Jess off her feet.