Getting to the Bottom of TV's Best New Bromance
Forget Jake Johnson's character Nick's flirtatious will-they-or-won't-they banter with Zooey Deschanel's Jess on Fox's New Girl, because gay viewers know it's all about the bromance between Nick and Max Greenfield's Max. So will they or won’t they?
Johnson addresses the slash fiction-friendly onscreen relationship in a new interview with The Advocate:
"It’s definitely a bromance, but it didn’t start out that way," he tells the magazine. "In the beginning, Nick hated everything that came out of Schmidt’s mouth, but now he enjoys Schmidt a lot more. Yeah, something’s going to happen with those two. With all their Godfather 'Fredo kisses,' Nick and Schmidt have already kissed way more than Nick and Jess. There’s a lot going on with those two buddies, and it’ll be fun as the writers keep exploring their relationship."
The show has earned Johnson a lot more gay fans, which the 34-year-old actor says he appreciates: "Sometimes I’ll get a tweet, like, 'You are the perfect man for me.' I’ll think, Oh, who’s this lovely lady? And it’ll be an older African-American gentleman. Gay fans can be very critical, so that support means a lot to me, because it means I’m doing something right. "
Although the No Strings Attached and 21 Jump Street star isn't quite ready to embrace all that comes with that gay adoration, particularly when it comes to naked Photoshopped tributes: "What do you want me to do? 'Hey, everybody, come look! Gay guys are putting my head on pictures of other guys having sex!' It’s flattering, but I’m not making them my screensaver."
Read the entire interview — in which Johnson also delivers a strongly worded "Fuck you" message to antigay bullies — on Advocate.com.