Then And Now
12.4k readers

How the Cast of New Girl Aged from the First to Last Season

Updated November 29, 2018 12.4k views6 items

From raising a glass of pink wine to going head-to-head in another game of True American, viewers have laughed along while watching the characters of New Girl for seven seasons. From the first season in 2011 to the show's end with the seventh season in 2018, the cast aged right along with the roommates of the Los Angeles loft.

How old is the cast of New Girl? Zooey Deschanel was 31 when she first portrayed Jessica Day on New Girl season one in 2011. She starred as the show's title character throughout the seven season run which ended in 2018 when Deschanel was 38. Then 33-year-old actor Jake Johnson introduced the world to Nick Miller in the pilot episode of New Girl.

Lamorne Morris joined the cast of New Girl in the second episode of the first season when he was 28 years old. Hannah Simone played Cece when she was ages 31 to 38 and Max Greenfield was 30 when he first portrayed Schmidt in the first season.

Take a look at this New Girl cast then and now list and see which cast members of New Girl have changed the most between seasons.

  • Zooey Deschanel (Jessica Day)
    Photo: New Girl/20th Century Fox

    Zooey Deschanel was 31 when she first portrayed Jessica Day on New Girl season one in 2011. She starred as the show's title character throughout the seven-season run, which ended in 2018 when Deschanel was 38.

    Deschanel is also a popular musician, performing with the duo She & Him. She is also a film actress, appearing in such popular movies as Elf, Almost Famous, and 500 Days of Summer.

    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    More Zooey Deschanel 

    #114 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#177 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters#80 of 198 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

  • Jake Johnson (Nick Miller)

    Jake Johnson (Nick Miller)
    Photo: New Girl/20th Century Fox

    Then 33-year-old actor Jake Johnson introduced the world to Nick Miller in the pilot episode of New Girl. He continued in the role throughout all seven seasons.

    Along with starring in New Girl, Johnson is also a hit on the big screen. He has collaborated with Joe Swanberg on several projects including Digging for Fire, Drinking Buddies, and Win It All.

    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

    More 

    #50 of 87 Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers#22 of 24 Actors And Actresses You Want To See As Wolverine And X-23#6 of 17 How 'Home Improvement' Would Be Cast If It Aired Today

  • Max Greenfield (Schmidt)
    Photo: New Girl/20th Century Fox

    Max Greenfield played Schmidt on all seven seasons of New Girl, from the age of 30 to 37.

    After his breakout role on New Girl, Greenfield also starred in several movies including Hello, My Name is Doris and The Big Short.

    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Dobbs Ferry, New York, United States of America

    More Max Greenfield 

    #10 of 13 Actors Who Almost Quit Acting Right Before Landing Their Big Role#16 of 19 Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard#8 of 26 People You Forgot Guest Starred on Gilmore Girls

  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (Coach)
    Photo: New Girl/20th Century Fox

    Damon Wayans, Jr. was 29 when he starred as Coach in the pilot episode of New Girl. He left the show to instead appear in Happy Endings, which ran until 2013. After Happy Endings was canceled, Wayans returned to New Girl in the third season and made appearances in every subsequent season.

    In 2014, Wayans and his New Girl co-star Jake Johnson teamed-up on the big screen in the buddy cop film, Let's Be Cops.

    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    More Damon Wayans, Jr. 

    #173 of 190 The Greatest Black Actors in Film History#19 of 71 The Best Actors On The New Twilight Zone#37 of 51 50+ Famous Juniors