'New Girl': Jake Johnson Baits Nick and Jess Fans, Talks Fluffers and 'Old Man Issues'
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A fluffer, for those not already in the know, is an individual employed by the adult entertainment industry who's tasked with keeping the actors -- for lack of a better term -- camera-ready.
It's also the title of Tuesday's New Girl, which finds Nick (Jake Johnson) coming to terms with the fact that he's putting in all of the work with Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to very little payout.
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"This is a big Nick and Jess episode," Johnson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's the first time that Nick realizes that maybe he's doing things for Jess that he wouldn't do for his other friends. Winston [Lamorne Morris] points out that Nick has turned into her emotional fluffer."
The latest man reaping the benefits of Nick's doting on Jess is Sam (returning guest David Walton), and while this new courtship continues from last week's premiere, Johnson says there is also ample development with the series' latent "will they/won't they?" dynamic.
"The writers have a very firm understanding of that relationship," he says. "If the characters are being true to themselves, they're not ready to be together. They obviously have an attraction, though, and that's what the episode is about, slowing starting to admit that they're denying it."