Can this prematurely take the award for Worst Cover of 2012, only 17-days in? Someone touched Zooey Deschanel’s boob then snapped a reaction shot for the February cover of Allure. I mean, really. Her voice is like smokers’ hell, all grating and hipster. But she’s still Katy Perry’s almost-sister from a father with a lot of ‘splaining to do. Let’s see, the positives: she won’t be mistaken for Perry on this cover, she’s not Photoshopped beyond recognition, her hair looks… okay.
- On her samey styling: ‘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 current image: New Girl changed Deschanel’s image and she says she’s more like Jess than most of the other characters she’s played. ‘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 not reading about herself online because WE’RE MEAN: ‘I can’t go on Gawker. I actually think the writing is really funny, but there is a chance that somebody is undercutting me.’
- On how she’s not one-note: 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.’
- On not losing too much 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 her staying-power: ‘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’?’