November 8th, 2011
11:28 AM ET
After last week’s “New Girl,” in which Jess (Zooey Deschanel) walked in on a naked Nick (Jake Johnson) and saw his “bing-bong," it's safe to say that their friendship has reached a new level of awkwardness.
But in a recent conference call, Johnson hinted that the budding friendship between Nick and Jess could turn into a romantic relationship.
“I think Jess and Nick are in that state of really kind of feeling each other out,” he said. “I think they both definitely noticed each other.”
This tension might appear sooner than we think. In this week’s episode, Jess suspects that Nick likes her more than just a friend/roommate. The possible pairing was not originally written into the storyline, but was added after filming started.
“When Zooey and I were doing our thing together there was a natural chemistry between the two of us,” he said. “I think the writers saw that and liked it.”
Yet Johnson warned that the imminent arrival of Justin Long as Jess’s new boyfriend and Lizzy Caplan as Nick’s new girlfriend might derail the Jess and Nick love train. He also added that it would take a lot for Nick to make a move, and he’s just not there yet.
“I think what it is between Jess and Nick is they're just really keeping tabs on each other,” Johnson said. “I think Nick would have to be in love with her for so long that it would have to be like a gas tank overflowing. But I don't think right now Nick would have the guts to do it."
In terms of what else to expect in the series, the actor added that we'll learn more about Jess’s childhood and briefly meet Nick’s parents. And “NTSF:SD:SUV” star June Raphael will also guest star.
Speaking of guests, CNN asked if “New Girl” viewers could look forward to an appearance by Jonah Hill, whom Johnson has worked with in “Get Him to the Greek,” the animated sitcom “Allen Gregory,” and the upcoming “21 Jump Street” movie.
Johnson responded that ever since Hill got him his first few movie auditions, they've been friends and he's been actively trying to get Hill on the show.
“I can honestly say once a week I send him a text saying, ‘Hey, do you want to come on the show and do anything?’” he said. “If Jonah Hill ever wants to be on ‘New Girl,’ I will be in [“New Girl” creator] Liz Meriwether's office begging for him.”
The new episode, “Cece Crashes,” begins tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
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