With Fox TV scheduling Zooey Deschanel's new comedy "The New Girl" right after "Glee" this fall, the offbeat actress may find herself finally going from side dish to entrée on the Hollywood menu. The quirky TV show revolves around the sexy but socially clueless Deschanel character recovering from a shattering breakup by moving into a household with three macho males (think "Three Men and a Baby" without the infant). She warns the guys in her roomie interview "I'll probably be watching 'Dirty Dancing' at least six times . . . a day."
Deschanel has long been cast in the friend role in movies such as "Abandon" and "The Good Girl," a situation she always found ironic. "A lot of these roles are just a formula idea of somebody's best friend, and it's like, I don't even have that many friends," she said. "In high school, I stayed home all the time, so I don't know how I'm everybody's best friend now."
In TV, as in real estate, the three keys to success are "location, location, location" and the placement of "The New Girl" after "Glee" should ensure that viewers who enjoy watching misfits on "Glee" will spill over to catch Deschanel's new show this fall. As the thrilled 31-year-old actress recently tweeted, "I might add that @NewGirlonFOX is gonna be caught in a hug sandwich betwixt #glee and #raisinghope."
The media is having a field day rediscovering the wide-eyed actress and seem poised to put her on a pedestal reserved for new industry "It Girls" like Christina Hendricks. An eOnline poll currently has her upcoming show winning its Tater Tops 2011 award for TV program most looked forward to by fans, scoring almost one out of five votes in a field of 17 new shows.
Self magazine recently plastered Deschanel on its cover for a second time, gushing "Besides singing and acting, Deschanel . . . tweets, bakes, blogs, writes, plays the ukulele and hula-hoops!" Deschanel comes across as a determined anti-diva in the article, providing refreshing common-sense advice to fans who want to learn her beauty and exercise secrets. "A lot of people work out to be skinny," she says. "That's so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman. I work out to be healthy and because I like it. I do sports or classes, things that engage my mind. If you're active, fitness will follow -- and probably a good figure, too."
In fact, if Deschanel does become an even hotter Hollywood actress, she could help deter younger fans from following in the stilettos of actresses who over-diet and seek beauty under a surgeon's knife. In a letter she wrote to Vogue at 17, the budding actress already knew that beauty should not be defined by airbrushed magazine covers. "Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an 'ideal' when you, as a popular women's magazine, have the opportunity to expand it?" she challenged the famous fashion magazine. "I don't think any woman should have to feel as if she needs to shove herself into an 'ideal' to be beautiful . . . . Most of the women, and certainly most of the adolescent girls, in the United States do not feel completely secure with themselves, especially with their appearance; is insecurity something you want to advocate?"
The actress with the pale skin and dark hair (she joked she might become a Snow White impersonator if her acting career doesn't work out) could be a new kind of Hollywood princess in a landscape dominated by mirror addicted divas.
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- The Good Girl
- Self magazine
- Dirty Dancing
- Three Men and a Baby