Believe it or not, Prince will be guest starring on the Fox comedy “New Girl” later this season, and producer Brett Baer says he’s a huge fan of the show and asked to do it.
“He contacted us last season because he’s a huge fan,” said Baer in an interview with E! “He contacted Zooey [Deschanel] and Hannah [Simone] directly and asked to do the show. We couldn’t work it out last year. But when the Super Bowl thing was floated, it was perfect timing.”
Apparently, the purple one will be on an episode that’s scheduled to air right after the Superbowl, on the night of Sunday Feb. 2.
Executive producer of the show, Dave Finkel, says Prince loves the characters Nick and Jess, and he knows everything about them and their story lines. In fact, he’s so wrapped up in the character’s relationship with each other, he told Finkel that he wants to be in a scene where he’s helping them out in some way.
“He said, ‘I want to be involved in the show in a real way and I want to help Nick and Jess with their relationship,” ‘ said Finkel.
In his 36-year music career, Prince hasn’t acted much, only appearing in his own films. First he played the character The Kid in the 1984 iconic film “Purple Rain.” Then he played Christopher Tracy in “Under the Cherry Moon.” “Sign o’ the Times came after, where he played himself. Then he reprised his role of The Kid for the 1990 film “Graffiti Bridge.”
However, this is the first time the 55-year old will be acting on television, and also the first time he’ll be taking on a comedic role, and perhaps surprisingly, he seems to be pretty good, says Finkel.
“He’s genuinely funny,” he says. “He’s got a very quiet, wry sense of humor but he kills. There’s a moment in the episode where he’s sitting in between Zooey and Jake on a bench. And it’s a silent beef and he’s just looking between them trying to figure them out. And it’s hilarious. He has crazy comic instincts.”
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