The ABC star — whose new sitcom, Not Dead Yet, premiered on Wednesday, February 8 — exclusively gave Us Weekly the inside scoop on her daily routine, which includes recording her New Girl podcast, “Welcome to Our Show!”
“Zooey Deschanel, Lamorne Morris and I are rewatching New Girl and spilling the tea on our podcast,” the Canada native, 42, told Us about her early evening plans. That day, “Jake Johnson came on [too], which was a nice mini reunion.”
When it’s time to curl up on the couch, however, Simone thinks of a current costar — Lauren Ash — who gifted her specially-made Not Dead Yet pajamas.
“Lauren Ash knows I love pajamas,” the Oldboy actress shared with Us, revealing that Ash, 40, got her the custom sleepwear “as a wrap gift” after filming the inaugural season of the ABC sitcom.
On the show, Simone stars as Sam, Nell’s (Gina Rodriguez) best friend — who becomes close to their nemesis and boss, Lexi (Ash).
While Simone’s day is filled with friends and fun — she begins her mornings by heading to yoga, where she joked with Us that she and her instructor “usually end up laughing for most of it,” an ab workout in itself — her Not Dead Yet character is forced to deal with difficult moments in her friendship with Nell.
“These are the growing moments that happen on this show, which is, ‘Well, Lexi has changed and grown and been good to me, and you need to give her another chance, just like you’re asking for another chance,’” Simone told TV Insider on Wednesday, explaining how her character confronts Rodriguez’s. “There are moments of maturity that we have to embrace.”
Interestingly enough, Ash — who also hails from Canada — told the outlet that she had never met Simone before joining the sitcom.
“It was very strange we had never crossed paths, but it felt like it was because we were destined to meet doing this,” Ash revealed. Fortunately for Simone, their close bond resulted in her custom PJs, which she gushed to Us were “so comfortable and cute.”
Not Dead Yet airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m on ABC.
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