'New Girl' Guest Charlie Saxton on Hating Schmidt and Looking Back on 'Hung'
"It's basically just a whole episode of us being really nice to Zooey," Saxton tells THR, "and Max trying to be cool and part of our gang -- but we are just not accepting him."
Tuesday's New Girl finds a troupe of twenty-somethings moving in across from the gang's loft -- and the emergence of younger neighbors finds Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) vying for their affection.
One of them isn't met with a great deal of success.
"We think that Jess is the coolest person on earth, naturally, and we all hate Schmidt," guest star Charlie Saxton tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's basically just a whole episode of us being really nice to Zooey and Max trying to be cool and part of our gang -- but we are just not accepting him."
Saxton plays the bizarro foursome's ringleader, Chaz, and he's joined by the slightly more hipster-ified Brorie (Jasmine Di Angelo), Fife (Morgan Krantz) and Sutton (Jinny Chung).
The cameo marks one of the first TV spots he's had since he ended his three-season run on HBO's Hung last year.
"I'm a huge fan of New Girl, but this was just another normal audition that I went on," he says. "You've got to be on your toes because everyone on that show loves to throw in lines at the last second. It's a really fun crew."
As for possibly guesting on his other favorite series, Saxton gives an obligatory shoutout to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but he's more interested in lending some voice work to animated shows like Bob's Burgers or South Park. He recently recorded an English voice-over for the stateside release of Gorō and Hayao Miyazaki's From Up on Poppy Hill, alongside Gillian Anderson, Chris Noth, Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin and upcoming New Girl guest Jamie Lee Curtis.
Looking back on his last big gig, Saxton says he's nostalgic for Hung but is happy with where the show left his character, the often confused son of Thomas Jane's Michigan high school coach moonlighting as a prostitute.
"I do miss Detroit," says Saxton. "Of course I would have wanted to continue to keep going, but as far as Damon goes, I think he was in a fun place with his sister [Darby, played by Sianoa Smit-McPhee]. They had a weird, rocky relationship for the first two seasons and it seemed like they were finally starting to connect with one another and working on their punk band."
That's not to say he doesn't have an idea of another direction for Damon.
"Where he could have gone, I'm not sure," he admits, "but it would have been interesting to see if he'd found out about his father's job. Maybe they would have gone into business together."