Did Music Icon Prince Have a Cameo in 'New Girl'? Zooey Deschanel Spoke About It

Tatayana Yomary - Author

Apr. 20 2023, Published 4:51 p.m. ET

Prince wearing sunglasses in 'New Girl'
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Fox’s hit series New Girl hasn’t been on the small screen since its Season 7 finale in May 2018, but the show continues to spark interest.

The series highlights Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel), and her big move to Los Angeles. Jessica moves in with three men, Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), Winston Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris).

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Throughout their time living with one another, the roommates, who are in their early thirties, deal with the ebbs and flows of career issues and relationship dynamics.

There were a lot of cameos on the show throughout its run, but did the legend himself Prince ever appear on the show?

Here’s what we know.

Prince sitting between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) in 'New Girl'
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Zooey Deschanel appeared on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to discuss Prince appearing on ‘New Girl.’ Which episode was he in?

Prince actually did appear on New Girl. The late music icon appeared on Season 3, Episode 14.

On April 18, 2015, Zooey appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss how Prince’s appearance on the show came about.

“It was the highlight of my whole life,” Zooey told Jimmy about Prince being on the show. “It was so amazing to just get to hang out with Prince."

Zooey shared that everyone wasn't sure if Prince would actually come to set but things worked at the last minute. She also shared that she received an email from Prince’s manager initially inquiring about being on the show.

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“I was actually the first person to get an email about him wanting to be on the show,” Zooey told Jimmy. “I got a cold email from his manager and it was like the most on-brand Prince email … really too on-brand. I thought this has to be a prank but I had several people check it out and it turned out it was his manager.”

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In the episode, Cece and Jess get invited to a party at Prince's house.

In the episode, after almost being run over by a car, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) get invited to a party at the house of the driver's boss. That boss? Prince.

While the guys aren't invited, they decide to try to sneak in. What ensues is a ridiculous, over-the-top evening that includes Prince giving relationship advice to Jess and Nick, Jess singing on stage with Prince, and Cece giving Prince a run for his money in a ping-pong match. It's truly a classic episode.

Although Prince is no longer with us, his contributions in music and film ... and New Girl will forever live on. The late music icon passed away on April 21, 2016, and was found at his Paisley Park residence.

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