Zooey Deschanel On ‘New Girl’ Role And Reality TV
In Entertainment and Celebrity on October 31, 2011 at 11:00 am
FOX’s hit “New Girl” is officially one of this TV season’s breakout shows and star Zooey Deschanel is simply on cloud nine. Born into a showbiz family — mom Mary Jo is an actress, dad Caleb is an Oscar-nominated cinematographer and big sis Emily stars on “Bones” — the actress brings her off-kilter goofiness and hipster cred to the new show. The 31-year-old actress also has a beautiful singing voice and is half of the musical duo “She & Him.”
Deschanel spoke to The Huffington Post about the dangers of actors trying to sing and her deep love for the “Real Housewives” series.
So this is a big deal, starring in your own show. Do you feel like Mary Tyler Moore?
Oh my gosh, I feel so happy, it’s so nice, I’m having the best time working on this show. It’s a dream come true. I didn’t set out for this at all. I had actually taken a couple of years off acting. I was doing my music, touring with my band. I was sort of looking for the next thing to do but I hadn’t really thought about doing a network show. I’d been looking for interesting characters which is very hard to find, and if you do it’s often the smallest part in a movie. But I’d sort of put myself in that mindset that if I wanted to play interesting characters, I would just have to take small parts and be ok with that, and then I got this script and I fell in love with the character. I told them I was interested and they offered me the part. It happened very quickly.
Your sister Emily is a successful actress. Did you ever compete for roles?
No, she has a very different vibe from me. She’s the strong but sensitive one; I was always the one who was a little bit more goofy and silly and clown-like. We never went out for the same parts.
You’re both on the FOX studio lot. Ever carpool or meet up for lunch?
Film and TV schedules break for lunch six hours after crew call, which changes every day and it’s different on every production. We’re on the same lot but it’s way more complicated to see each other than you think. She’s also on maternity leave right now.
What TV do you watch?
I’m into a lot of reality shows. I love the “Real Housewives” — especially the Beverly Hills one — and I love “Top Chef” and “Intervention.”