Zooey Deschanel: “It’s Important To Teach Young Girls To Be Strong”

Zooey Deschanel

Whether you love or hate her, the New Girl actress has got something good goin’ on!

She is well known for her quirky comedic style and her hippe-girl fashion, but there is more than meets the eye to this pop culture millenial phenomenon.

Zooey is gracing the cover of Marie Claire’s September 2013 edition, and she spoke with the magazine’s George Gurley exposing more of herself than you’d normally see on TV.

You may not know this about the uber successful actress, but she was bullied in school. There was a time, she tells MC, when a girl actually spat right in her face simply because she didn’t like Zooey and didn’t want to talk to her.

Looking back, she thinks middle school helped build character. “A lot of people I knew who didn’t struggle, who maybe came from a lot of money or were really pretty—those people actually have a harder time as adults in a way. They don’t even understand what it’s like to not be pretty. I don’t think people should be mean to each other, [but] I think it made me stronger.”

Well she certainly has the last laugh, because She’s the star and a producer of Fox’s New Girl, is half the indie band She & Him, has a film résumé of both critically acclaimed and box-office hits, and is an ambassador for Pantene. She also created HelloGiggles.com as a positive online community for women covering a wide range of topics.

Both her parents were Hollywod heavyweights from way back, her mom Mary Jo being an actress and dad Caleb a cinematographer. So it only makes sense both Zooey, and Bones actress sister Emily Deschanel also caved in to the craft and made careers for themselves.

Emily & Zooey Deschanel

While Zooey always thinks of herself as an outsider, no doubt harking back to the days of schoolyard bullying, she is glad to be the unofficial spokeswoman for all those who feel the same.

“I always felt like a little bit of an outsider, and now I’m an outsider who’s a satellite for the outsiders? All of a sudden, I’m on the inside, and it feels weird. Because I always saw myself as sort of not mainstream.”

Zooey talks about the downside to fame, especially being a young successful woman in Hollywood. A (female) comedian made a nasty remark on her tumblr about Deschanel, saying her girlish image was bad for women. As if all women have to fit into one type of uniformed, feminist, hard-edged stereotype? Don’t think so!
“My theory is that people in this day and age want to be able to dismiss you,” Deschanel says. “They say, ‘You don’t belong, you don’t deserve this because here’s why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments.”
“Everything you’ve done doesn’t matter because you wore the wrong thing, or you speak in a way that’s feminine, or you identify yourself as feminine. And I just think that’s bullshit. And smart people are doing it, and that’s surprising to me. They’re being very shortsighted.”

Part of the reason she started her website was to create a positive place online for girls. Snark, gossip, and cursing aren’t allowed on HelloGiggles.
“I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say. There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas.

She ends by saying “We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.”
Bravo New Girl! Goes to show if you are different, quirky, creative, girly or whatever, nothing should stop you from being who you are, and being successful at it. That’s the beauty of creativity, you don’t have to conform, you can make something that is new and interesting, and inspires others after you to do the same.


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