Zooey Deschanel: A Lot of Actresses Are âUnhealthy-Skinnyâ
Some actors may think making the transition from film to television is a step down in their careers, but not Zooey Deschanel! The âNew Girlâ star, whose resume boasts movies like âElf,â â500 Days of Summer,â and âAlmost Famous,â happily hopped to the small screen last year for the role of quirky Jess on the Fox comedy â because she doesnât see a difference between film and TV.
"Iâm just going where the material is,â Deschanel tells Glamour in its February issue. âSome of the smartest people run the network Iâm on. People sometimes say, âOh, you were a movie star,â and Iâm like, âNo, I was a supporting actress.â I wasnât an A-list actress, and Iâm fine with that. Iâm proud of what I did in film. But getting to do the stuff that I was passionate about was such an uphill battle. IfÂ âNew Girlâ had been a movie, I donât know whether I would have been given the opportunity to do it."
And now that she has this platform, the actress, who is about to celebrate her 33rd birthday, is eager to become a positive role model with her âadorkableâ fashion sense and healthy body. Insisting she does not feel any pressure to look a certain way, Deschanel adds, âWomen I admired growing up â Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep â were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny â much, much too skinny âŠ Iâm a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, Iâd look like them; itâs scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? Thatâs not true. You doÂ not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of whatâs acceptable is larger than what people believe."
And although Deschanel certainly does not look like the cookie-cutter Hollywood actress, she has used her quirky personality and features â especially her super-cute bangs â to create her own branding of sorts. âBut Iâve never been like, âLetâs calculate an image,ââ she tells the magazine. âIâm just, âI like that. Letâs do that.â I grew up loving French New Wave movies, and so a lot of what I like is that style. Itâs just about doing what you like so that when you look at yourself, youâre not disgusted. And Iâm all about unintentional. Iâm not a calculated personâŠ. I think making a movie or a record, the best things happen by accident â and those end up being the magic. Every time Iâve followed my gut itâs been better than when Iâve tried to do what I wasÂ supposed to do."
But all her success has come with criticism. Due to her atypical Hollywood sensibility â sheâs a brunette who prefers modest clothing and often posts silly videos of herself singing old-school songs while playing a ukulele online â some feminist groups have branded her as controversial. But Deschanel shrugs it off, insisting, "Iâm just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We canât be feminineÂ and be feministsÂ and be successful? I want to be a f--king feminist and wear a f--king Peter Pan collar. So f--king what?"
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