The question came up when we chatted with her on the Fox TCA Winner’s Walk carpet, and we only asked because in the episode, her male roommates have a “douche bag” jar. Did you say or do something douche-like? Put a dollar in the jar. We asked if Zooey’s character, Jess, would ever have to use said jar, and her answer was
resounding hell no! “One thing Jess is not is douche bag-y,” she laughs.
Man, we’re using the word douche a lot in this article.
Anyway, Zooey also talked about one of the funniest/saddest scenes in the pilot, where she is serenaded by her new guy friends after being stood up. It’s a hilarious moment, but Zooey felt anything but while filming it. “It’s the saddest feeling to be left somewhere, and I really genuinely felt sad,” she tells us.
Check out Zooey in this Our Idiot Brother Sneak Peek and B Roll:
Zooey talks about husband, Ben Gibbard and sister, Emily in the interview along with talking about Winnie The Pooh and New Girl.
Why did you want to do the songs for the Winnie the Pooh movie?
I mean, it’s kind of like a no-brainer, really. I love Winnie the Pooh, and the Disney tradition of music is really incredible. I feel like it’s such a huge part of so many people’s childhoods.
Where did you get the inspiration for the song you wrote?
I watched the film, and what I really took away from it was that it was about friendship. I just liked the way that all the different characters have their own flaws and they all help each other out.
Which character do you relate to the most?
I really liked Tigger growing up, and I had the record of the old Winnie the Pooh stuff when I was little, “The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers” and all that. I love them all for different reasons. But I had never paid attention to Owl before, and Owl (voiced by Craig Ferguson) is so good in the movie.
Do you think that you’ll have your own kids someday to share Winnie the Pooh with?
Not soon, but hopefully one day.
Your sister, actress Emily Deschanel, announced her pregnancy in March. Are you excited to be an aunt?
I’m so excited. I can’t wait. I don’t have any advice to help her, but I’m kind of really good at shopping so I’ve been helping her (buy maternity clothes). She has a little baby in there so she’s got to duck around it. I’ve been pointing her in different directions. I don’t think she’s necessarily asking my advice, but I’m giving her my advice.
Your husband is often away on tour. Is it hard to be apart?
It’s definitely hard, but he’s really good at calling. He’s probably better than I am. He’s a very conscientious person. It’s definitely hard because you get used to someone being around and all of a sudden they’re not around and you’re like, “What happened?”
Has anything surprised you about married life?
Probably the most surprising thing is that it’s not really that different. You still have to make a commitment and think about that commitment every day. It’s not like you get married and then all the work is done for you. You get married and you’re still in a relationship and you’re still doing your best to make it the best relationship you can.
You still have to work at it, right?
Yeah, but it’s not work in a bad way. It’s just that you can’t expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding. It sort of just solidifies your commitment.
You have your own TV show, New Girl, premiering this fall. How has that experience been so far?
Great. We haven’t started shooting yet — we shot the pilot — but we’ll start in August. It’s been amazing. I really just love everybody and feel really lucky.
Is there more pressure since you’re leading the series?
It’s funny when people ask about pressure. I put pressure on myself for everything I do. Pressure has everything to do with myself and not that much to do with other people. I kind of expect a lot of myself, no matter what I’m doing.
Here are the rest of the highlights from the New Girl panel:
♦ Prepare for some sexual tension…in the future. Deschanel says there’s “so much sexual tension,” while creator Liz Meriwether adds, “We’re going to go there in the future, for sure.” Along with flirting, expect to see some tough love going on between Deschanel’s Jess and her three male roommates.
♦ A jar will be an ever-present member of the show. Yes, a jar. As it turns out, it’s a douchebag jar for Max Greenfield’s character Schmidt. “It helped us to get into Schmidt’s character,” Meriwether says of the jar. “He’s a douchebag who can’t help being a douchebag so he wants to train himself.” If only douchebag training were a real thing…
♦ Forget bromances! Deschanel and Meriwether are harboring major mutual girl crushes. “I just think Liz and I are connected, our souls are connected an when your souls are connected, you’re meant to do a show together,” Deschanel gushes. Later on, Meriwether called her star “the cat’s meow” and Deschanel returned the compliment, calling her boss “the cat’s pajamas.”
♦ Fans of Deschanel’s singing will be pleased with the show as Jess loves, and we mean loves, to sing. In fact, she even makes up her own theme song. “They’re really well-peppered in, the singing moments,” Deschanel says. Meriwether adds, “She sings when she doesn’t know what to say.” Jess’ singing will vary depending on her mood and the moment, so you may hear “a little heavy metal, a little ghoulish.”
♦ Let’s hear it for the dorks! After being asked how they can pass off that the adorable Deschanel is a dork on the show, Meriwether took a stand for dorks everywhere, saying, “There are some attractive dorks out there!” Just look at us here at Watch With Kristin. Thanks for defending our honor, Meriwether.
♦ Things became a little awkward when a reporter asked Deschanel if her sis, Bones’ star Emily Deschanel, prepared her for the “idiocy” of Fox. (Ouch!) “She gave me hints on how to deal with the delightfulness of Fox,” Deschanel demurred. See, adorable! (Sorry, Zooey, but you really just bring it on yourself.)