New Girl’s Jake Johnson talks about onscreen bromance with Max Greenfield

'There’s a lot going on with those two buddies'

New Girl’s Jake Johnson talks about onscreen bromance with Max Greenfield
31 October 2012

As bartender Nick Miller on the Fox sitcom New Girl, Jake Johnson has been enjoying powerful chemistry with the character of Schmidt who is played by Max Greenfield.

While Nick has a flirtation Zooey Deschanel’s Jess, the Nick and Schmidt relationship is turning out to be the heart of the popular show now in its second season.

‘It’s definitely a bromance, but it didn’t start out that way,’ Johnson tells The Advocate. ‘In the beginning, Nick hated everything that came out of Schmidt’s mouth, but now he enjoys Schmidt a lot more. Yeah, something’s going to happen with those two. With all their Godfather ‘Fredo kisses,’ Nick and Schmidt have already kissed way more than Nick and Jess. There’s a lot going on with those two buddies, and it’ll be fun as the writers keep exploring their relationship.’

The role has won him many gay fans.

‘Sometimes I’ll get a tweet, like, ‘You are the perfect man for me.’ I’ll think, Oh, who’s this lovely lady? And it’ll be an older African-American gentleman,’ he says. ‘Gay fans can be very critical, so that support means a lot to me, because it means I’m doing something right.’

Johnson, who is straight and married, made his first and closest gay friend when he was studying abroad in Dublin.

‘He was my roommate, and he introduced me to gay culture,’ he recalls. ‘I remember I was just getting out of the shower when we met. He was clearly disgusted by the sight of me in a towel, so he left the room in a hissy and he went around telling the girls in the program, ‘Ugh, my roommate’s a goddamn bear!’ But we became great friends.’

‘One night we were being really loud, doing bits, and the Dublin police were called on us for a potential domestic abuse complaint,’ Johnson shares. ‘I opened the door wearing a wife beater, and my roommate’s sprawled out in the background, all flushed and sweaty after cooking my dinner. Those cops did not know what to make of it. [Laughs] All jokes aside, I don’t see anything different between someone who’s gay and someone who’s not. Who you have sex with does not matter to me. My mom raised me to know that race, religion, and sexuality don’t matter; if you like someone, they’re your friend. My personal code has always been that if someone makes me laugh, they’re OK by me.’



No thumbnail available

Court throws out first case for St Petersburg gay hate law

Police evidence that two gay activists ‘promoted homosexuality to minors’ was insufficient
Bangkok HIV conference hears lack of data in Asia around LGBTs getting testing

Bangkok HIV conference hears lack of data in Asia around LGBTs getting testing

Asia’s Regional Meeting on Community-based HIV Testing summit has heard that there is not enough information being gathered about testing levels among men who have sex with men and transgender women across Asia despite being in at risk groups
No thumbnail available

The man making marriage happen in Vietnam

Five years ago, the media in Vietnam regular reported on the social evil of homosexuality, now the government are looking into legalizing same-sex marriage, Gay Star News talk to the man who made it happen
No thumbnail available

Did Oprah's BFF Gayle King say 'I'm Gay' on network TV?

CBS This Morning co-host explains she was stuttering after joking exchange with Charlie Rose
No thumbnail available

Olympic officials say Russia's anti-gay laws won't impact Olympians or spectators

'The IOC has received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games'
No thumbnail available

South Africa elects gay cabinet minister

Lynne Brown was elected Minister of Public Enterprises, and is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa
No thumbnail available

Nick Jonas admits he and his brothers did not acknowledge gay fans

Jonas is promoting the new single Jealous and his role in the upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom
No thumbnail available

LGBT Russians protest in Red Square

Brave LGBT Russian protest  in Red Square against new law
No thumbnail available

Adam Lambert to step into Freddie Mercury's shoes for Queen's 19-date summer tour

Brian May says Lambert 'the only singer' who can deliver as lead singer of their classic songs
No thumbnail available

Korea TV airs first lesbian kiss, and it's epic

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy