Jan. 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM ET
Could frequently shirtless Schmidt, played by Max Greenfield, on Fox’s “New Girl” be getting some abs-olutely tough competition come Valentine’s Day?
Next month, “True Blood” hubba-hubba boy Ryan Kwanten (who is also often shirtless on the HBO hit) makes a guest appearance as Schmidt's roommate Jess’ target for a one-night stand when she spies him in a bar and hilariously hones in on her prey.
"It’s great to be on TV where that stuff can happen," said creator Liz Meriwether, the 30-year-old showrunner who patterned Jess after her own goofy self. Zooey Deschanel plays the adorkable roommate who lives with three guys, including Schmidt.
As it turns out, although Deschanel was happy to work with Kwanten, she actually didn’t know him before the shoot.
“No, but it was awesome,” she said during a set visit during the winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Monday. “I just never watch ‘True Blood.’ ”
Meriwether, however, is a big fan of the HBO vamp show and wanted the star for this part.
“I think he’s funny and such a subtle actor to make that character funny,” she said of the man who plays the dim brother of Sookie Stackhouse. “And I also think he’s just gorgeous and it’s really rare to find a really talented, really funny gorgeous guy. And he was excited to do a comedy.”
So as the writer, did she require Kwanten to go shirtless?
“I don’t think he takes his shirt off. I know, I know, I’m really sorry about that,” Meriwether said. “But I think there might be a few shots of him online with his shirt off. If you just Google him. Not that I would know, of course.”
So sadly, there will be no shirtless battle between Greenfield and Kwanten on the show. But what if there were one?
“I would lose,” said the pragmatic Greenfield.
"New Girl" airs at 9 p.m., Tuesdays on Fox.
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