Hannah Simone

The seventh and final season of Fox’s hit show, “New Girl,” which stars Indian American actress Hannah Simone, will premiere April 10. (Ray Mickshaw/Fox photo)

Indian American actress Hannah Simone, who stars as Cece Parekh on Fox’s hit series, “New Girl,” opposite Zooey Deschanel, told fans in an Instagram post that the return date for the show’s final season has been set.

The seventh and final season of the romantic-comedy will premiere April 10, and will span eight episodes. The last episode will air May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Born to an Indian father and a half Greek, half German-Italian mother, Simone plays a model in “New Girl.”

Simone wrote that “It’s happening. Mark your calendar. Final episode airs for an hour Tuesday May 15 at 9:30. #yesimyelling #tageveryone #finalseason.”

The Emmy nominated show takes a modern look at friendship and romance, as a group of five friends attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood – with often hilarious results.

As the series’ sixth season came to a close, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) told Nick (Jake Johnson) of her true feelings for him. Also, Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad) got engaged, and Cece and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) received news that they are expecting.

According to Fox, when the series returns for its final season, a three-year time jump will have occurred. Jess and Nick are happily together and returning from a whirlwind European book tour; stay-at-home dad Schmidt and working mom Cece are raising their daughter, Ruth; and Winston and Aly are married, with a child on the way.

Simone, who is a former VJ and fashion model, hosted HGTV Canada’s popular design show, “Space for Living,” before moving on to Canada’s largest music channel, MuchMusic. After MuchMusic, Simone moved to Los Angeles, where she hosted two seasons of WCG Ultimate Gamer (2009), for the SyFy channel.

Born in London, Simone grew up living abroad and participating in local theater productions in Saudi Arabia, India, Greece and Canada. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, she majored in international relations and political science, before going on to work as a human rights and refugee officer with the United Nations in London.

In 2014, she starred alongside Danny Trejo in Train’s music video, “Angel in Blue Jeans.”

She married Canadian musician/designer/actor Jesse Giddings in 2016 in an under-the-radar wedding. The couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in August 2017.

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