Merrit Wever suggested that her role as Schmidt's girlfriend, Elizabeth, on New Girl wasn't meant to last in a recent interview with the Daily Beast.
Wever spoke to the publication about her various roles in television -- Nurse Jackie, New Girl, and The Good Wife -- in the interview. Wever has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series this year. She told the Daily Beast that she would be flying back to shoot the sisxth season of Nurse Jackie after the Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 22. She went on to say that she would pack in two episodes for New Girl before she leaves, to help wrap up the Season 2 cliffhanger -- where Schmidt was asked to make a choice between Cece (Hannah Simone) and Elizabeth.
She went on to allude to the fact that her character might be making an exit soon. She said the show's producers "always knew it was only going to last a certain amount of time." But she did add that she would love to return if they needed her after she is done with wrapping Nurse Jackie, "I think they have long seasons ahead of them, so whatever they'd need!"
The Daily Beast seems to have already made up its mind about the whole affair, assuming that Elizabeth was mostly just a third wheel crush:
"Wever's guest stint last spring on New Girl turned a potential throwaway role-as Elizabeth, the former girlfriend of Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who seemingly was introduced only to springboard him back to Cece (Hannah Simone)-into one of the season's comedic high points."
Season 3 of New Girl premieres Sept. 17.
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