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‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Almost Quit Acting

‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Almost Quit Acting


Max Greenfield almost quit acting before landing his role on Fox hit comedy New Girl.

The actor appeared in a string of tv shows throughout his 20’s, but seriously considered becoming a writer after his wife gave birth to their first child.

Weeks after asking a friend for a junior writing job on another series in 2011, he was cast as wise-cracking Schmidt, a role which has garnered him both Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations.

Greenfield tells, “Right before New Girl happened, there were definitely moments of, ‘I probably shouldn’t do this anymore.’ “I just had a kid and at one point was like, ‘At what point does this become selfish?’ You don’t want to become a dad who is running around and saying, ‘I just got a callback on a guest star on  The Middle.’ I just didn’t want to be that guy.”

“Just before New Girl, I called a buddy of mine and asked for a job  as a writing assistant. Unfortunately I didn’t go to college, so I wasn’t qualified for anything else. My friend ran that show and I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll start at the very lowest point for a writer and see what happens with that, because this doesn’t seem to be happening as an actor.'”

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Jasmine Alyce Jasmine is the Associate Editor/Reporter for FanBolt. She’s been obsessed with pop culture and entertainment news since the olden days of MTV’s ‘TRL’ and graduated in 2009 with her BA in Journalism. She’s a huge horror and sci-fi/fantasy fan and her favorite shows include: American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who, Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time and Scandal, to name a few.


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