I absolutely love Zooey Deschanel. It’s not a secret. I think she’s one of the cutest girls out there, I simply adore her music, and everything I’ve ever seen her in, I’ve pretty much loved.
And yes, that definitely includes this issue of Allure.
On her hair: Deschanel is aware of how closely she’s associated with her hairstyle. “I’m bangs and eyes,” she says. “It’s who I am. There have been periods when I’ve grown my bangs out, but I always cut them back, so it’s like, why go through the trouble?”
On her sense of humor: “Because I have brown hair and a low voice, I would get cast as dry, sarcastic, ironic people, which I can do, but it’s not my sense of humor. I’m a very positive person. I get excited easily, and I like to jump around.”
On her avoidance of gossip blogs (!!!): Since becoming famous, Deschanel has learned to be vigilant about protecting herself from online gossip and mean comments. “I can’t go on Gawker. I actually think the writing is really funny, but there is a chance that somebody is undercutting me,” she says.
On her haters: Deschanel has both worshipful fans and snarky critics who find her overly girlish. Her defense? “If you feel like dressing like a girl, there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, I need to act like a man,or I need to tone it down to be successful. That’s a very good way to keep women down,” she says.
On her weight: While Deschanel watches her weight by sticking to a diet of vegetables, grains, and proteins, she isn’t obsessed. “Some people around me, they’re like 89 pounds,” she says. “I’m not going to say I’m a big girl. I’m a very small person, but I’m a healthy weight. That might be a little weird for Hollywood.”
On dealing with a broken heart: Deschanel recently separated from her husband of two years, Ben Gibbard, lead singer of the indie band Death Cab for Cutie. Before that announcement, she spoke about her character’s postbreakup comforts onNew Girl—Jess sobs while watching Dirty Dancing on loop—and revealed what might help her through a time of heartache: “I’d probably just go get out of my house. If I’m sad, I listen to happy music.”
On being an “it” girl: Deschanel finds irony in the label “It” girl. “‘It’ girl is supposed to be something that only lasts a certain amount of time,” she says. “They keep calling me an ‘It’ girl, and at this point it makes me laugh, because they’ve done that so many times: ‘You’re it’; ‘you’re not it.’ What is ‘it’?”
I just think this girl is so genuine. From reading tons and tons of blogs, day in and day out, I’ve found that a good amount of people disagree. A lot of people, it turns out, and as Zooey references above, think that dressing like a girly girl and tweeting pointlessly is somehow setting women back several years. And that’s just not true. Sure, Zooey’s style is super cutesy, and yes, she’s silly in sort of a childish way sometimes, but she’s not a child, and she’s not doing anything negative to women. She works hard, she’s smart, and she takes care of herself, and just because she asks for you to send her pictures of dogs in outfits doesn’t mean she’s somehow hurting an entire gender. That’s ridiculous.
What do you guys think? Are you loving or hating Zooey nowadays?