Jake Johnson Devises A Stirring 'Catfish' Plot Line For His 'New Girl' Character [Video]


Jake Johnson, looking dapper in a suit and tie.

"Catfish: The TV Show" is purely unscripted, as you know, but after the series became a bona fide hit, the term Nev Schulman coined for pulling the wool over an online love's eyes became part of the pop culture lexicon, and is now starting to rear its head in scripted series, such as "Glee." If you think about it, which "New Girl" star Jake Johnson does reallllly hard in the video below, the plot line possibilities are endless.

MTV's Hollywood Crush blog sat down with the actor behind "New Girl"'s grumpy beer-slinger, Nick Miller, to find out what'd happen if his character got catfished, and instantly Jake developed a rather compelling story. He explained that if Jess (Zooey Deschanel) were to break up with Nick, he'd be totally heartbroken and try to meet a girl online, but the true identity of the hypothetical lady would be his hopeless romantic BFF, Schmidt, just trying to help him get back on the saddle. "And then, like, [Schmidt's] reasoning for catfishing him, when Nick gets mad...he wanted him to experience love again...then they re-read all the emails and Nick will be like, 'Schmidt, [these were] the sweetest things anyone's ever said to me,' and Schmidt's all teary-eyed, and like, 'I feel this, but I'm only able to say it through Tabitha,'" Jake joked. Um, can someone let JJ in the "New Girl" writers' room, stat? He has a good pitch, people!

+ Check out the clip, and tell us if you think Jake's idea would play well onscreen.

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