Max Greenfield reveals he's similar to Schmidt on 'New Girl'

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Max Greenfield Says He's Just Like His 'New Girl' Character
By CHELSEA HUANG

"New Girl" fans have grown to love Jess's roommate Schmidt for his outrageous behavior, but some might be surprised to learn that the man behind the wacky character isn't so different.

Max Greenfield, 34, recently revealed in an exclusive interview with AOL that he shares a lot of qualities with the neurotic, over-confident ladies' man he's played for four seasons -- and a soon-to-be fifth. But it's not the result of projecting himself onto the character, or picking up his characters' traits from years of acting.

"I think it's probably us being very similar from the start," he said.

The revelation came after he took an online quiz on real estate site Trulia, which he recently partnered with. According to Greenfield, questions about cleanliness were particularly revealing.

"It was a frightening telling test for me because I think I answered a lot of the questions probably the same way Schmidt would have answered them," he said. "It was like, 'Ugh! We're so similar.'"

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NEW GIRL: Max Greenfield in the 'All In' season premiere episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Schmidt's (Max Greenfield, L) arachnophobia forces Jess (Zooey Deschanel, R) and the gang to go on a spider hunt in the all-new 'Spiderhunt' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 24 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jake Johnson (L) and Max Greenfield star in the 'Virgins' season finale episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Schmidt's (Max Greenfield, C) arachnophobia forces the gang to go on a spider hunt in the all-new 'Spiderhunt' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 24 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured L-R: Damon Wayans, Jr., Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and guest star Zoe Lister Jones. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: (L-R) Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson in the 'Keaton' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) Cece (Hannah Simone), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Nick (Jake Johnson) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) watch a surprise performance in the 'Walk of Shame' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, March 3 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Schmidt's (Max Greenfield, L) and guest star Zoe Lister Jones in the 'Spiderhunt' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 24 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Schmidt's (Max Greenfield, R) arachnophobia forces Winston (Lamorne Morris, L) and the gang to go on a spider hunt in the all-new 'Spiderhunt' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 24 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson (R) in the 'Keaton' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson (R) in the 'Keaton' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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Greenfield got a welcome break from Schmidt when he filmed his upcoming movie, "Hello, My Name Is Doris," in which he plays Sally Field's lover, John.

"It was fun to play a different character, especially opposite Sally Field who is just the best. When you play the same character for eight months out of the year, it's nice to change pace a little bit," he said.

While his new character doesn't have "the same neuroses that Schmidt has," fans can expect a lot more of Schmidt in their future, since "New Girl" was picked up for a fifth season earlier this week.

"Towards the end of the current season that we're in, there's some big stuff that happens with CeCe and Schmidt storyline, and I'm excited to see where that takes us into season five, and how that all plays out," Greenfield teased.

Until then, Greenfield is busy with his collaboration with Trulia, as they launch their new collaborative home search boards and his "frightening telling" quiz, the Buyers-Diggs test, which tells you what type of home buyer personality you have ... Greenfield is a "Zen Den Master."



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