For the cast of "New Girl," all you need is love. And Twitter followers. The stars of the hit FOX series discussed with OTRC.com the social media impact of a recent kiss between Jess and Nick, characters played by Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson.
"I got 20,000 followers the night of that kiss," Johnson told OTRC.com at PaleyFest 2013, an annual event that allows fans to interact with and ask questions of television actors, directors and producers. "Let's see what happens if they have sex. I mean, how many followers do you get in that night?"
After hearing of his co-star's Twitter boost, Lamorne Morris, who plays Winston on the series, expressed a desire for his own "big kiss" scene, in order to increase his online presence.
"I'm asking FOX every day, 'Give me a big kiss!'" he told OTRC.com. "I want more followers. Can we put a tag on my face that says, 'Follow him on Twitter?' If they follow me... I'll put out a kiss rant. I'll kiss everybody."
Hannah Simone, who flanked Morris on the red carpet, was underwhelmed by the number.
"That's it?" the 32-year-old Canadian actress asked OTRC.com. "That kissed deserved like, millions. It was a really powerful moment. It was beautiful."
Deschanel said that while social media is "important... for connecting with fans," she is "not counting so much" as Johnson.
"I like the push and pull of this 'romance,'" said Deschanel, describing the relationship between her character and Johnson's. "And sort of seeing how that plays out, because there's a lot of immaturity in both the characters, and I think that neither one is maybe quite ready for the other. So I like seeing how they stop themselves from connecting."
"New Girl," nominated for two Golden Globe Awards in 2013, follows the adventures and love life of Jess Day, who finds herself living with three men after the end of a long-term relationship.
And while some sparks on "New Girl" may be dying, one actor promised fans a rekindled romance on the acclaimed comedy series, which was renewed for a third season earlier this month.
"We've got some tricks up our sleeve," Max Greenfield, who plays the lady's man character Schmidt, told OTRC.com at PaleyFest. "Schmidt reconnects with an old girlfriend in an upcoming episode... Merritt Wever from 'Nurse Jackie.' And she is just the best."