When we reunite with the gang (following a four-year time jump) Schmidt and Cece will be doting over their now-3 year old daughter, Ruth — although, technically, pops will be doing more of the doting.
With Cece’s career taking off, “Schmidt is a stay-at-home-dad now,” shares portrayer Max Greenfield. “He really enjoys being a dad. He’s also a control freak and he wants to control the environment — because the environment’s gotta be right. He’s sort of like, ‘I think it’d just be better if I was here.'”
Greenfield assures fans that parenthood hasn’t completely softened his alter ego. “The writers have done a really good job of keeping enough of Schmidt while letting you see see that [Ruth] is his entire world.”
New Girl’s eight-episode farewell season will bow on Fox in winter/spring.