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Great Performances: Max Greenfield

as Schmidt on ''New Girl''

Zooey Deschanel may be the charming face at the center of Fox's comedy New Girl, but someone else has squeezed his head into her picture frame: Max Greenfield, a.k.a. Schmidt. The douchey yet sensitive charmer — that body-baring, emotionally complicated metrosexual — stole scenes and hearts this season by acting like a baller one moment and exclaiming ''Can someone please get my towel? It's in my room next to my Irish walking cape!'' the next. ''He's kind of everything...but 150 percent of everything,'' sums up Greenfield, 32. ''He's not 10 percent of anything. That is one of the joys of playing him: He's committed fully to everything he's doing.'' And we are committed to rooting for the self-consumed dude who would turn away from a mirror only to give his friend a special cookie just because he was thinking about him. ''The writers did such a great job in creating a safety with the character early on, where you knew his intentions were never bad,'' adds Greenfield. ''Therefore, he really could do anything and be forgiven by the audience. You're not fighting against anything, you find yourself fighting for everything.'' Fight on. And pass the exfoliator.

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Originally posted Dec 21, 2012 Published in issue #1239-1240 Dec 28, 2012 Order article reprints
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