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Sandra Gonzalez
July 20, 2012 AT 02:35 PM EDT

The Emmy-nominated Max Greenfield” is working on getting people to introduce him properly. After all, what’s the point of being nominated for an Emmy Award if the whole world doesn’t know it? “I’m working on it, but not everybody is on the same page as I am,” he laments. “I’m working on a movie right now in New York and I was expecting to get that when I walked on set, but I wasn’t treated any differently than the day before, which I thought was quite inappropriate.”

Much like the loveable Schmidt on Fox’s New Girl, Greenfield speaks without a hint of irony, but after having a little fun, the actor is quick to point out just how thankful he is by the flood of success that’s come his way in a short amount of time. “It’s been completely overwhelming and really unbelievable,” says the actor, who is currently filming They Came Together with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. “Just to think that two years ago I was running around auditioning for guest star [roles] on TV and today I walked into a trailer and Paul Rudd was like ‘Hey, congrats on the Emmy nomination; I just heard about it.'” The trip from A to B, he says, “is hard to process.”

Less surprising, he says? That fellow New Girl cast member Zooey Deschanel snagged a nod as well. “I think if there’s anybody who deserves it the most, it’s her. She’s really put herself in the front of the show in a way that goes above and beyond what you would ask any normal human being to do. I couldn’t be more exited for her.”

And like any good co-stars, he says, they’re planning ahead. The subject of their day-long e-mail exchanges? Outfit coordination. “We’re figuring this out now so there’s no catastrophe where we’re wearing the same outfit or have chosen the same color. How humiliating would that be?”


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