The American actress plays Jessica Day in the Fox sitcom New Girl, which revolves around her life as a teacher and the antics of her flatmates, Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris).

In an interesting move, Fox announced earlier this month (Aug16) they would be staging a crossover event between the shows New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the comedy series which stars Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta.

The hour-long event will air on 11 October (16). While Zooey thinks crossover shows are an "'80s thing to do", she’s looking forward to filming the switch-up.

“I shot my part of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode, then we’re going to shoot our part of it next week. It’s a double crossover,” she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (30Aug16). “Basically the cast of New Girl go to New York because Schmidt’s getting an award from his high school and that’s how we end up in the midst of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine world.”

Zooey recently returned to New Girl after taking maternity leave following the birth of her daughter Elsie, now aged 12 months, whom she shares with her husband Jacob Pechenik.

And the 36-year-old dished to host Jimmy that Elsie is now talking, and says "Mama," "Dada," "bubble” and “cheese”.

"My husband taught her how to say cheese just 'cause she likes cheese so much," she shared. "This morning, I went in and it's still dark in her room and she's wearing her little jammies…and she goes, 'more...cheese!'"