Actress Hannah Simone arrives to the 2014 Fox All-Star Party at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2014 in Pasadena, California
*We caught up with “New Girl” star Hannah Simone to get more details about the appearance of His Royal Badness on the show’s coveted Feb. 2 episode.
“We found out that we were going to air after the Super Bowl, which was phenomenal,” the actress told us. “And then they’re like, ‘Oh, P.S., Prince is going to be in the episode because he’s a fan of the show.’ I mean it was just a surreal experience.”
Simone – who plays Cece, the best friend of Zooey Deschanel’s Jess – confirmed that Prince will indeed play himself in the episode. “Would you believe Prince as anyone but Prince?” joked the actress at FOX’s TCA party Monday.
*Looks like “New Girl’s” Jess (Zooey Deschanel) has eyes for another man?
In an episode to air Nov. 5, Jess blows off steam following an argument with boyfriend Nick (Jake Johnson) by hitting the town with BFF Cece (Hannah Simone). They end up meeting the sexy owner of a nearby coffee shop, played by Taye Diggs.
“Jess gets a little drunk and is definitely enjoying his company, but he ends up being a bit more than she bargained for,” says executive producer Liz Meriwether, who insists his presence is not a real threat to the Nick-Jess romance.
Nonetheless, Nick’s jealousy kicks into full swing, so fans can expect a big blowup.
Adds Meriwether, “Taye Diggs could make any man feel insecure.”
Hanna Simone and Lamorne Morris of Fox’s ‘New Girl’
*Fox’s precious “New Girl” – so precious that the network has given it the coveted post-Super Bowl slot in 2014 – will wrap its second season tonight in a finale that includes everything from a traditional Indian wedding to Taylor Swift.
The episode, titled “Elaine’s Big Day,” finds Cece (Hannah Simone) exchanging vows with Shivrang (Satya Bhabha) in an arranged marriage, a move she sought after failing to find a suitable mate herself. “[Swift] plays a surprise guest that shows up at the wedding,” Simone told Us Magazine. “She’s incredibly funny and was such a delight. We all were laughing, she was great.”
Meanwhile, Cece’s ex – and possible true love – Schmidt (Max Greenfield), conspires with his roommate Winston (Lamorne Morris) to throw a wrench in the nuptials.
Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone and Lamorne Morris in a scene from Fox’s ‘New Girl’
We caught up with Morris and Simone, the show’s lone people of color, to talk about the evolution of their characters since shooting the pilot two years ago.
“Didn’t think she was going to end up sleeping with Schmidt,” Simone said right off the bat.
Said Lamorne: “She thought it was going to be Winston.”
“I used to get a little frustrated because I’d want to know what’s coming for my character,” Simone continued. “And then I realized, well it’s kind of like how life works.
“I was totally surprised to see that Cece, you know that girl we met in the pilot, is now exploring having children and an arranged marriage, and I mean it’s wonderful, that they kind of explore the characters that deeply.”
Below, Simone explains how the cast’s on-screen chemistry reflects their off-screen friendships.
Watch a behind-the-scenes look at “New Girl’s” season 2 finale ,”Elaine’s Big Day,” below.
Actress Hannah Simone speaks onstage at "New Girl" panel during the FOX portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 5, 2011 in Beverly Hills
*Is she black? White? Latina? Middle Eastern?
Hannah Simone of Fox’s breakkout comedy “New Girl” says questions about her ethnicity have been abundant throughout her career – dating back to her days as a VJ for Canada’s MuchMusic channel.
As Cece, the fashion model best friend of “adorkable” Jess (Zooey Deschanel), her race came up for the first time during last week’s episode — five shows into the premiere season. On the series and in real life, Simone is considered Indian.
But for the record, her father is Indian and her mother is half German-Italian and half Greek-Cypriot. She spent her early childhood in Calgary, Alberta, but has lived since the age of 7 in such countries as Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, India and England.
In the exclusive audio below, Simone explains how being multicultural has been the greatest gift.
In tonight’s episode, titled “Thanksgiving,” Jess invites a music teacher at her school (played by guest star Justin Long), on whom she’s always had a crush, to the gang’s big Thanksgiving dinner at the loft, which of course goes horribly wrong.
In the video below, Hannah takes fans along on her recent Canadian press tour for “New Girl,” which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m.