September 27, 2012 02:56 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Sorry Zooey Deschanel — you’ll have to step aside, because you are no longer the newest girl on New Girl! Former Project Runway judge Olivia Munn is taking that honor. According to FOX, Olivia will be playing Nick’s new love interest. That, of course, means that fans will have to wait a bit longer before Jess and Nick officially become a couple. Darn.
The casting director and writers for hit TV series New Girl really have a thing for models! It’s not enough that main character Jess has a model for a best friend — or that the actress who plays that best friend (Hannah Simone) used to be a model. Nope, New Girl, needed a new crop of actresses-turned-models, which is why America’s Next Top Model’s Keenyah Hill and Project Runway’s Olivia Munn were recruited to be love interests for Nick and Schmidt. Keenyah’s role was ultimately recast, with Carla Gugino ultimately attracting Schmidt’s attention, but it appears that once Olivia Munn joins New Girl, she’ll stick around. The actress is set to start filming in the near future.
Described as “sexy, earthy, charming,” Olivia’s character will serve as sharp contrast to the adorkable Jess. There might be a bit of competition going on, as Nick’s new girlfriend is able to “hold her own with the group.” That’s a big uh oh for Jess, because the one advantage she had over Nick’s former girlfriend was that she was a good (although occasionally awkward) fit with the guys. It’ll be interesting to see how the two get along!
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