In every role Jake Johnson takes on, he tends to be A Mood. From Nick on “New Girl” to Peter B. Parker in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Johnson is all about relatable roles. Appearing in major films like “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “No Strings Attached,” “21 Jump Street,” and the “Jurassic World” series and starring in 146 episodes and seven seasons of “New Girl,” Johnson also directed for the series “Hoops” and “Stumptown.”
Now he’s teamed up with “New Girl” director Trent O’Donnell for the new film “Ride the Eagle,” which deals with themes of life, loss, and accountability. Co-written by Johnson and O’Donnell, this dramedy might be just what the doctor ordered after a dismal pandemic.
During an exclusive interview, Looper spoke with Johnson, who dished on “Ride the Eagle” and working with co-stars Susan Sarandon and D’Arcy Carden. He also touched on playing Nick on “New Girl,” working with a young Olivia Rodrigo, and having scenes with Taylor Swift and Prince. He also revealed some news for fans of the “Spider-Verse” and “Jurassic World” franchises.