Back in 2011, New Girl star Max Greenfield revealed that he once filmed a video lip-syncing to Rihanna while dressed as the chubby version of his alter ego, Fat Schmidt. (As New Girl fans know, Schmidt struggled with his weight while attending Syracuse University, though he did eventually slim down to the gorgeous figure he has today.) Now, that glorious clip has finally come to light, thanks to his co-star, Zooey Deschanel.
The “We Found Love” video begins with Fat Schmidt wearing a Syracuse sweatshirt and lip-syncing the Rihanna song into the camera. It only gets more hilarious from there, with a fat-suit-wearing Max Greenfield showing off his “dance moves” on a hill.
Watch Fat Schmidt lip-sync to Rihanna below.
Three years ago, Max Greenfield revealed that he made the Fat Schmidt Rihanna video to post on his character’s Hello Giggles dating profile. But for legal reasons, he had to take the clip down. It was replaced with a video montage of skinny Schmidt with Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” playing in the background.
“They were like, ‘Listen, Max, there were so many things wrong with the video that you made and you’ve got to consult us,” Greenfield said of the reason his Fat Schmidt Rihanna video was first taken down. “Because Extra had the rights to reveal Fat Schmidt, and then we didn’t have the rights to the song, and the studio was just like, ‘Please, please what are you doing?’ So I said, ‘Look, it got a lot of exposure in the two hours that you let me keep it up.’”
Fat Schmidt’s “visual remix” of “We Found Love” did remain up on Max Greenfield’s personal YouTube page. But apparently, not many people saw it there. So when Deschanel promoted the clip on Hello Giggles this week, it went viral once again. And we are so glad that it did.