Olivia Munn is going from The Newsroom to New Girl.
The former Attack of the Show! host will pop up on the Fox comedy Tuesday as a new love interest for Nick (Jake Johnson). But fans of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick shouldn't worry: Even Munn wants to see New Girl's best dynamic duo end up together. Still, she has a job to do, which includes bringing out a side of Nick we haven't seen before. To find out what that entails, TVGuide.com turned to Munn to get the scoop:
Olivia Munn to play love interest for Nick on New Girl
What kind of person is Angie?
Olivia Munn: Angie is a new love interest for Nick. She is someone who really gets Nick to get outside of his comfort zone and really throws inhibitions to the side and just do things that he never thought that he would do. She gets along with the whole group. She's the kind of girl that has no problem finding fun in any place with anything, no matter if there are rules or regulations. It's just about having fun and living life.
How does Angie initially meet Nick?
Munn: She becomes a regular at the bar. Nick watches Angie and her boyfriend fighting and the boyfriend storms out, leaving Angie crying at the table. With Jess's advice to come talk to Angie, and he had been watching her for quite some time, he made a decision it was finally his moment to get in there and take full advantage of the moment of her being by herself. What I love about how they approach it is that he comes to Angie and he basically says, "You deserve better." He says it so honestly that I think she's really taken back by how honest this guy is being with her and how refreshing it is. I think that's what wakes her up and ignites that first spark.
Nick hasn't been able to hang onto a girlfriend, so what attracts her to him?
Munn: There's no games. He's not trying to be somebody he's not. He's just Nick and I think she really likes that he is just so completely himself. Even though he can be uncomfortable and awkward at times, I think she really likes that he embraces that.
How is Angie different from Newsroom's Sloan?
Munn: Angie is the kind of girl who is looking for fun in any scenario. No matter what, she's looking to do something that's a little dangerous and exciting, and push the limits of what you're allowed to do. Sloan is interested in working and doing the best job that she can do and isn't really looking for extracurricular activities that might put her in jail. [Laughs]
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Was it fun getting back into comedy and reuniting with your Perfect Couples co-star David Walton?
Munn: It's so fun to do a comedy. In both The Newsroom and New Girl, what we're trying to do is entertain the audience, but on a comedy, you're really trying to get as many laughs as you can. So that was really fun to get back and try to do things to make people laugh. I have a really bad habit of when I start laughing, I can't stop. So, on New Girl, Max [Greenfield] and Jake were making me laugh so much. I'm in tears most of the time with Jake. He's the funniest man. There's this one time we're doing a scene at this table and everyone is so funny and I start laughing so hard that at one point, David Walton, who's now laughing with me, keeps going, "Olivia, you have to stop! This is just like Perfect Couples! She won't stop laughing!" And I just can't stop.
On The Newsroom, I did end up having a laughing fit the other day. My bad habit of laughing that I picked back up on New Girl — because I was shooting them at the same time, spilled back over to The Newsroom. I was doing a scene with Sam Waterston and I just start cracking up. The day before I was telling Sam about how I have this horrible habit of not being able to stop laughing. He goes, "I have to see that!" We have so much dialogue [so] you don't want me to start messing up. Of course, the very next day, something happens that kicks it in for me. I just start laughing to the point where I heard a producer go, "Is she going to be OK?"
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Even though you have Newsroom to film, is there a possibility that Angie might stick around for a bit on New Girl?
Munn: I haven't shot my last episode with them yet, so I'm not quite sure where my character leaves off. But I love working with everyone over there. And the people on The Newsroom were so great and worked it out to share me and let me go off and do that, so I'd love it if I was able to do that. I love working more than one job at once. It keeps me out of trouble. I would love to keep doing it.
But also, I'm a big fan of the show. So, if I'm on the show, that means that Jess and Nick are still not together and as a fan of the show, I really want them together. It was weird because I'm there as the love interest for Nick; however, I'd be watching in the middle of a scene going, "Oh, they're just so great together!" I feel like I'm a mole for the fans. I've been cast, but really, I'm here to help push them together. I'm watching, going, "No, let's just put them together. This is where it should end. I'll leave and they'll stay together." I just think they're so sweet together and I just love that couple together. As a fan, I think it's best for me to step out of the way and go back and watching as an audience member, so I can finally watch them get together! [Laughs]
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New Girl airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Fox.
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