‘New Girl’ Zooey Deschanel Is on the Up and Up, Her Character Not So Much

by | September 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM | Fall TV Preview 2012, Interviews, New Girl

'New Girl' Zooey Deschanel (Photo: Fox)

Zooey Deschanel is more than an “It” girl. While the “adorkable” tagline still follows her around, the singer-actress has gone from a beloved indie darling to something of a mini-mogul.

She’s the star and producer of her own series, Fox’s hit “New Girl.”

She makes beautiful music with her bandmate Matthew Ward, as ‘She & Him’ produce their fourth album.

She co-founded a successful blog called hellogiggles.com.

She fearlessly posed in People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” issue this year without a speck of make-up.

She’s up for Best Actress at the Primetime Emmy Awards in September.

She earned kudos for hosting “SNL” in February and even has her own hilarious spoof, “Bein’ Quirky with Zooey Deschanel.”

She’ll soon be playing country legend Loretta Lynn on Broadway.

More than 3 million people follow Zooey’s zany musings on Twitter, which include gems like
“Loungewear: NO.” and “When will someone open a sunglasses store called fifty shades of shades?”

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She is pretty much everywhere, even in iPhone and Pantene commercials, and xfinityTV bumped into Deschanel, quite literally, at a Fox party where we grabbed some one-on-one time with the shyly sweet star, who admitted even she is bowled over by her blissful bounty: “It was a pretty crazy year, I can’t even hope for that again. Too much excitement,” Deschanel said with her crystal blue eyes wide in wonder.

Some of the hubbub stems from her surprise Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and could pull off an upset win at this Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

“I’m very excited and definitely surprised,” Deschanel, 32, said of the unexpected accolade — her first-ever Emmy nod. She’s still picking out what she’ll wear to TV’s annual ball, but you can bet it will be a dash of hipster chic with equal parts ethereal glam.

Here are five other things we learned from our chat with Zooey Deschanel:

Where Season 2 of “New Girl” Picks Up: “Well, Jess is going to get fired and that’s just going to throw her into a lot of chaos,” Deschanel said. “It’s a different kind of chaos since she’s at least had job security to this point.”

That will lead to some missteps and some soul-searching (ie, opportunity for hilarity) from Jess as she tries to figure out what to do after she loses her teaching job. First up: a gig as a shot girl! Watch the Clip Below From the Season Premiere as the Guys Question Jess’s Hotness Factor.

Aiding – or hampering – her new course will be her parents, who debut on the show this season and will be played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner. Another exciting arrival: Jess will also be getting a new “bed buddy” in Season 2, while Parker Posey guest stars as a snarky cocktail waitress in the Season 2 opener.

Tell Us About Jess’s New Love Interest:David Walton is playing my love interest, but I’m not sure how it will all pan out. He was on ‘Bent’ last year, and he’s a bad boy. That’s what they say.”

And how will Jess handle a bad boy? “Um, gracefully? That’s sarcasm.”

What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation? “I just rested, really. Sorry. Actually, I didn’t. Well, I did do some resting. But I’ve been making my fourth record.”

What Are You Watching? “I work so much, it’s hard for me to keep up with a lot of shows… I like a lot of Bravo shows, I watch a lot of other comedies. I love ‘The Real Housewives.’ And it’s a comedy.”

Premiere Sneak Peek: Schmidt Throws Himself a “Re-branding” Party: It’s Going to Be Epic!

Can you clarify the rules of True American? [a drinking game played on the show]:
“No, we made up those rules on set. Nobody asked us, so nobody knows the rules. I’ve gotten Tweets from people, like I’ve injured myself doing True American. And I’m like, no you didn’t, you weren’t playing it if you don’t know the rules.”

At the party where I met Deschanel, there were coasters on the tables which kinda sorta but not really explained “True American,” an intoxicating drinking game with rules as clear as a tall glass of Guinness.

Just for kicks, here are the “rules” — according to the coaster — to play “New Girl’s” True American game. Cheers!

You will need:

24 pack of beer – They are the Pawns, soldiers of the Secret Circle
1 Bottle of Jack Daniels – This is the King of the Castle
Create 4 zones connected by a trail of chairs and sofa cushion as the floor is now molten lava!

“Star the game with a shotgun tip-off! And shout the following: “Abe Lincoln, George Washington – Cherry tree!” “1, 2, 3, 4 JFK-FDR”

“Good luck! Remember everything you hear in True American is a lie – knock on wood.”

Season 2 of “New Girl” premieres with a two-episode special on Tuesday, Sept. 25 on Fox. The Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sunday, Sept. 23 on ABC.