No longer her cooler! Jake Johnson got his wish when Nick Miller and Jessica Day got together on New Girl, but he didn’t want them to be a couple for all seven seasons.

“I always wanted them together. I wasn’t as excited about them being together for multiple episodes, but I always wanted them in the end to be together,” Johnson, 43, exclusively told Us Weekly while promoting his film Ride the Eagle. “I grew up loving Cheers. It was my favorite show. And I wanted Sam Ted Danson and Diane Shelley Long to end up together.

But I didn’t want Sam and Diane to be married season 5. So I think the battle for us was always how do we keep this thing going while you can’t repeat the goods? By we, I mean the writers. But Zooey Deschanel we texted all the time. Zooey and I were very in touch with what we thought about Nick and Jess. We were like very in it together from the start.”

Johnson and Deschanel, 41, starred on the Fox comedy alongside Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone and Lamorne Morris from 2011 to 2018. While Nick and Jess were the main romance on the series, it was Nick and former college roommate Schmidt (Greenfield) that brought the bromance.