Jake Johnson on Getting Cast in ‘New Girl’: “That was the beginning of my life being different”

New Girl actor Jake Johnson has had a major shift in his career after making his debut on the FOX sitcom as Nick Miller.  He also stars in the much-talked about indie film Safety Not Guaranteed, in which he takes on a dramatic role.

Johnson talked to NBC New York about the changes in his career.  He said, “It’s been a crazy year, yeah.  Since it started, I shot the New Girl pilot, and then I forgot about the pilot because I viewed the pilot as an eight-day independent movie, that we were making a long short.  Then I was in Seattle for Safety Not Guaranteed—I knew I was going to do 21 Jump Street after, and so I thought, ‘Well, I have my summer planned.  I’ll go home for a while, relax a bit and figure out the fall and or winter.’  My wife came and visited me.  We were at the hotel, relaxing, and I actually checked ‘Deadline Hollywood.’  I got on and it said ‘New Girl has been picked up to series.’  I didn’t get the call from the agents or anything, and then I thought, ‘New Girl has been picked up to series?  Weird.’  Then I got a call and everyone called, and they said, ‘You’re going to Up Fronts in two weeks.’  That was the beginning of my life being different.”

Although New Girl has been picked up for a second season, Johnson is still remaining open about his career choices.  He noted, “I want to just do interesting stuff.  The idea of celebrity doesn’t mean very much to me.  The idea of getting bigger and bigger, it’s not as cool as I thought that it was when I was 12…I don’t understand this new era of people wanting to be celebrities for the sake of celebrity and reality stars.  I think that is the least interesting part of the business that I’m in, but what I’d love to be able to do is get opportunities to do interesting projects and play characters who are on either side of the fence of likeable or not likeable, or good or bad and try to find some truth to them where I, as a man, can say, ‘This guy is a murderer,’ or this guy is a blank, but I can see it through his eyes for this four and a half weeks in wherever we shoot it.”

Safety Not Guaranteed is now in theaters in limited release.

Leave a Reply

Matthew McConaughey Reveals How He Came Up With His Catchphrase, ‘Alright, alright, alright!’
"My character, David Wooderson, he has three lines in the entire film. Alright, but one of those lines is what I like to call a launch pad line." - Matthew McConaughey
Jennifer Jason Leigh on ‘The Hateful Eight’, Quentin Tarantino and Playing People in “Extreme Circumstances”
Jennifer Jason Leigh: "I think that's an incredible thing that we can do as actors—to feel empathy toward someone that you may otherwise detest, you know?”
Ian McKellen on Working with Child Actors and How He Transitioned from a Stage Actor to a Screen Actor
"And I think when I decided to become professional, my only aim, really, was to get better as an actor." - Ian McKellen
New ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Star Tyler Lea on Taking Over from a Tony Award Winner
"I haven't done a whole lot. This is my first huge thing. This is my first bite. I was waiting it out and then I caught a really, really big fish." - Tyler Lea
Master of None’s Noël Wells Talks Positive Attitudes and Having Nothing To Lose
Noel Wells starring role alongside Aziz Ansari in his Netflix series, Master of None, has audiences in stitches
// BLOCK AD BLOCK SNIPPET Place this code snippet near the footer of your page before the close of the /body tag