Lamorne Morris (Winston Bishop) New Girl Season 2 DVD Interview
Question: How did you guys want to approach Season 2 of New Girl?
Lamorne Morris: It's difficult coming back to play that character especially because when the show wraps you get other jobs. You get other things. You go on vacation. You're dealing with your family. You're dealing with all your different things and then you have to come back and pick up where you left off it's difficult. I will say it does definitely take some rehearsal time to get back into that mode, that groove of what you were doing before. It's only difficult in the time aspect. Once you've gotten back into the character it's the easiest thing to do. Especially because the writers have made these characters kind of close to who we are in some aspect and when you see a character evolve over time, it's usually because the writers are getting more familiar with the person and going, let's not make this character such a stretch for him. I'd probably say the biggest stretch for a character is Schmidt because Max is a laid back dude. On set he stays energetic just because it's close to his character. When he shows up in the morning sometimes he's like, hey man, what did you do last night? I'm like, ohh, what did you do? Take care of my kid, you know, slept, then I went to the gym and crushed it and then I came here. Once he gets into the Schmidt character then he's big and broad.
Question: What did you not want to see Winston become in Season 2?
Lamorne Morris: I was just so anxious to see what he was going to become. As an actor you'll start to go, yeah I don't like that. I don't like that Winston's doing that. He's drinking fruity drinks, huh? Okay. I mean again as an actor your down to play any character and everything is fun. Social media really makes it tricky for people sometimes because you go, oh it's awesome. I'm gonna play this character. I'm going to do this really weird thing on camera and then you go back and read all your tweets and go, mmm, well, I guess they didn't like that so much.
Question: You did get that one gig.
Lamorne Morris: I did get a job. It's similar to what I like. I'm a big sports fan, mainly basketball. We had Kareem on the show and I get to talk about sports on the radio station. We don't visit it as much as we used to on the show and I think we're going to dive back into that. I've been telling the writers my ideas for what I want Winston to become. I want Winston to become a cadet and join the force as a cop. I think there's something funny in that. My character has become a bit lame at times and to see him try to become a cop, more than anything I just would love to see that struggle. Something about him wearing a uniform and not being able to catch a perp would be great.
Question: How do relationships deepen in Season 2?
Lamorne Morris: It all goes back to real life. When you know somebody for so long you become personal with them and now I know everyone's families, they know mine, we know each other. On the show, when the writers write something I guess it's our job to dive into that space. Again it's really easy to because we've gotten closer. Our relationships have actually gotten deeper. It's easy to play that. The dynamic between Cece and Winston for instance, we don't see that as much and I know in Season 3 we're going to dive more into that space. We're actually shooting that right now. Hannah and I are very close off, I'm probably closer with her than anybody off camera and now they're finally going to dive into that.
Question: Is it fun for you guys to kind of have those bursts of comic energy in between all the normal stuff?
Lamorne Morris: The show is at its core a grounded show. Again like you said with hints of buffoonery. You have to have it so you can balance it out for a wider audience. You have to have those elements and I think we love it. We give each other a hard time. The weirder the character trait, the more the rest of the cast makes fun of you. Season 1, we probably wouldn't have done that because we're just getting to know each other more and now it's like you have to roll around and do that? You're an idiot and we literally laugh at each other. Again, it goes back to the whole chemistry thing and our relationships being that way.
Question: Did Winston finally find his lady love?
Lamorne Morris: Yes, Winston has found someone. The chemistry between Brenda and me is great. The chemistry there is great between us. On camera she's hilarious and she is a very talented actress.
Question: So you guys do have a lot to offer in any given episode that we don't get to see. Is that normal for a show?
Lamorne Morris: It's very normal. My first episode of Season 1, I did a basketball flashback and I shot a whole day of playing basketball, which is my favorite thing to do in the world. It was some really funny stuff. I choreographed the whole scene. I did a whole day of that, watched the cut, none of it's in there. Some of it doesn't make the show. Some of it doesn't even make the DVD behind the scenes. We have a lot of footage. We like to make the joke that we shoot so much that we can cut an episode about five different ways and it could go either way.
Question: What did you like most about Season 2?
Lamorne Morris: It's more internal. It's more that I'm comfortable now shooting a television show, literally my dream come true. I just show up to work and there's no pressure. It's your character, everybody knows their character and I just go have fun and that's my job. That's what I like most about it. We get along with the writers, the directors, everyone who comes in and we just see what happens. It usually equates to something funny, something good for the audience. I'm just happy to be in a grove right now.
Question: If you couldn't do this for work, would you wanna do something else?
Lamorne Morris: If I wasn't acting I'd be teaching acting. That would be my easiest thing to fall back on is teaching it.
New Girl Season 2 DVD
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner, Lamorne Morris, Dennis Farina
Genre: Comedy, Drama
The romantic tension between Jess (Emmy® Nominee Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) escalates in the hilarious, quirky second season of New Girl " but will they ever hook up? Meanwhile, Schmidt fails to be hip, Winston isn't 'prepared" for a hot date, and Nick faces a death in his dysfunctional family. While Jess does her best to replace Cece on a modeling job, Schmidt and Winston hope to rearrange Cece's arranged marriage. Relive all 25 outrageous episodes featuring guest stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner and Dennis Farina.
Extended Version of Virgins
Full of Schmidt
Audio Commentary on Cooler
New Girl Season 2