‘Welcome to Our Show’: Justin Long Reflects Back on ‘New Girl’ Role

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Another week, another new episode of iHeartMedia’s New Girl rewatch podcast Welcome to Our Show.

As we’re coming up on four years since the series finale of New Girl, fans now have a chance to relive each episode from the beginning while learning plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets from hosts Zooey Deschanel (Jess), Lamorne Morris (Winston) and Hannah Simone (Cece).

“Go behind the scenes of Apartment 4D with the crew who called it home for seven incredible seasons. Each week, real-life friends Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, and Lamorne Morris rewatch their Emmy nominated series, New Girl, and reveal the never before told behind-the-scenes escapades. Join them as they go bear hunting for every grizzly hidden in the background. Plus, each week, they play a different version of the True American game. Here, the rules don’t make any sense, and you’ll leave more confused than when you arrived. But it’s always a good time with best friends. Speaking of besties – they’re inviting all of the loft’s favorite guest stars, writers, and directors to share their adventures on set.” 

This week’s episode features a special guest, Justin Long, who portrayed Jess’ love interest Paul Genzlinger. Long joins the crew to share his fondest memories from the show — including what it was like to film his hilarious love scene with Deschanel. 

Justin Long and Zooey Deschanel in New Girl
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New Girl ran for seven seasons in total from 2011 to 2018, following the story of Jessica Day, a quirky, offbeat teacher who moves into a loft apartment in Los Angeles with three men. The series also starred Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield.

Listeners can send in questions for Welcome to Our Show via email to welcometoourshowpodcast@gmail.com. Make sure to follow the podcast on Instagram!

Listen to new episodes of Welcome to Our Show on Mondays with iHeartMedia or on your favorite major podcast platform.

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