Jake Johnson Reveals Why the Cast of ‘New Girl’ Never Hang Out Together

The cast of New Girl had amazing chemistry, so you’d assume they’re friends in real life. They are all still pals but, surprisingly, they never hang out, according to Jake Johnson, who played Nick Miller on the hit series.

Cast of 'New Girl' season 3 screening and cast Q&A at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 8, 2014
Cast of ‘New Girl’ | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Why the ‘New Girl’ cast doesn’t hang out in real life

During an appearance on the Aug. 25 Life Is Short With Justin Long podcast, Johnson revealed that, even though the cast of New Girl are friends, they’ve never really hung out together outside of work. Shocking, right?

“I’ve never hung out with Max Greenfield or Lamorne Morris outside of work,” Johnson confessed. “Not once. I’ve never hung out with Damon Wayans Jr.” 

That doesn’t mean that they aren’t pals, however. “Mind you, if we are shooting on location, we all go out to eat. We all like each other,” Johnson added. “But the only time Max, Lamorne, and I have ever gone out to eat is we were doing some photoshoot and we all went and got a bite to eat.”

Turns out, he said that “it was a mistake because another table of people saw the cast of New Girl doing bits with each other.”

“The truth is, yes” they are great friends, the actor noted, explaining, “but in this business, we don’t see each other. I’ve got the friends who I see on a regular basis and then I’ve got the friends who I work with, who I really like.”

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Jake Johnson does keep in touch with his co-stars

Though the former co-stars don’t see each other, they are still close and Johnson shared that working on projects are a way to bring them together.

“The only time we see each other is like this,” he said, referencing being on Long’s podcast. “Max and I text all the time but if he tried to FaceTime me on a Wednesday, I would write like, ‘Leave me alone,’” Johnson explained. “If he said, ‘This is for a podcast nobody will watch,’ I’ll say, ‘Wednesday at 10:30’ and I don’t know why that is.”

Johnson also shared that he and Wayans Jr. “connected so strongly when we made Let’s Be Cops that the bond between me and him is so weird. We are so comedically intimate via our texts but we’ve never met each other’s kids.”

Jake Johnson and Justin Long reminisced about ‘New Girl’

During his appearance on the podcast, Johnson and Long reminisced about New Girl since Long guest-starred on the show.

Long often improvised during his appearances on the show, resulting in a lot of unusable takes. He eventually had to pull back a bit on goofing around, however.

“When you did New Girl, your performance was, to this day, was one of the funniest things I have ever seen on a set,” Johnson said. He pointed to “the performance that the world saw on TV” and the one “on set, which was A+, homeruns, fireworks, one of the greatest comedic performances, I gotta tell you, I’ve ever seen.”

He added how it was all “wildly unusable,” however, and Long felt that his improv moments annoyed Zooey Deschanel.

“I started censoring myself, I started being more responsible when Zooey showed signs of being slightly annoyed,” Long admitted. “Because she is also my scene partner. The last thing I want to do is alienate my scene partner and be disrespectful. It was disrespectful, what I was doing, ultimately.”

“I was having fun. Jake and Lamorne… I think those guys were having fun,” he continued. “I was blinded too by how much fun it was, how much fun we were having. I just loved playing with those guys.”