One year ago, "New Girl" premiered on a wave of promotion and publicity centered around star Zooey Deschanel and her adorkability.
 
While "New Girl" didn't cease to be a showcase for the "500 Days of Summer" and "Elf" star as the first season progressed -- she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her performance -- the ensemble around her strengthened and helped elevate the show.
 
"I knew last year that I would have to carry a lot of the press and stuff because the guys were more unknown and it's really lovely this year that people know them and they know those characters and they're able to take some of the burden... [she laughs] or the pressure off," Deschanel told me when we sat down a couple weeks back to talk about the new season of "New Girl."
 
In the second season, Deschanel's Jess undergoes a big change in her professional life, but will that produce big changes in Jess? 
 
And what was it like watching the cast come together last season?
 
Check out the full interview ahead of Tuesday (September 25) night's season premiere.
 
[Oh... And this interview was conducted shortly before it was announced that Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis were cast as Jess' parents. You can decide if it looks like Deschanel actually already knew and she was just being coy with me.]