Interview: New Girl Star Zooey Deschanel Dishes On The New Girl 2 Season Premiere

New Girl Season 2 Premiere

There’s a lot in store for New Girl fans this season! TV Equals was able to be a part of the conference call that featured New Girl lead Zooey Deschanel. During the call, TV Equals was able to learn more about the season premiere, who will play the parents of Deschanel’s character Jess, and what shows Deschanel is excited to watch this fall season.

On comedic acting

Deschanel talked about why she loves comedic acting. “I think comedy’s just about being interested in comedy and what makes people laugh and experimenting,” she said. “I’ve always loved making people laugh and that was in school I a lot of times would play the comic relief character. So, it’s different patterns; something that always pops up.”

Even though she’s done dramatic acting, she’s more comfortable where she is. “I sort of consider myself a comedic actress, not a comedienne. I think it’s different. You know I’m not a stand-up or anything,” she said. “But, playing into comedic situations is sort of where, I think, my strength lies.

Make room for Jess’ parents 

Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis have been cast as Jess’ parents, and Deschanel is “really excited.”

“I heard at the beginning of the season that we had talked about maybe having Jess’ parents come in last year, but it didn’t happen. Then, this year, before even the season started, we talked about the fact that they were going to introduce Jess’ parents in the Thanksgiving episode,” she said. “So, we talked about a bunch of people and these were just beyond my wildest dreams. They’re people that I think would be just so perfect. I can’t wait to start shooting with them.”

Jess begins a new job hunt

Jess faces a road bump during the season premiere with the loss of her teaching job. Deschanel divulged on how much her job loss will affect her throughout the beginning of the season. “You know she’s been looking for a job for a little while and so they’re throwing out different jobs,” she said. “It definitely affects her life pretty deeply because this is something she’s wanted to do her entire life and considered teaching to be her calling. So, it definitely is a blow to her. But, I like how Jess is sort of open to new things and although she’s upset about it, she throws herself into to trying to find a new job and is pretty positive about things, which is a quality I like in the character.”

New Girl and Diversity

Deschanel said New Girl embraces diversity without hitting the viewer over the head. “[O]ne thing that was important to our executive producers and also to FOX [is] that our show be diverse and that it’s not diverse in a way where we’re making a big deal out of the diversity. It’s just friends,” she said. “…It’s just more of an intermingling; it’s just more modern relationships. You see more and more on TV this happening. I think it’s speaks to you more like a modern sensibility because that’s the way people are now.”

Fall shows on Deschanel’s radar

Deschanel is not just excited about her show; she’s also excited about many other shows premiering on FOX. “I’m looking forward to this whole Tuesday night lineup. I’m very excited about Ben and Kate and Mindy Project, along with us and Raising Hope,” she said. “I think it’s pretty exciting that they built a night with us. There are a lot of great shows. I’ve seen the pilots of those shows and I think they’re really terrific. I think it’s just an exciting time to be working in comedy on TV.”

The two-episode premiere of New Girl begins Tuesday, September 25 at 8/7c and 9/8c. Deschanel can also be seen on the season premiere of The Simpsons, which airs September 30 at 8/7c.