9 Inspirational Quotes From Zooey Deschanel
In the interview, she speaks up for women and challenges her interviewer about a sexist question.
When writer Mike Albo asks her if she wants kids, Deschanel highlights the double standard of the question. The below excerpt from the interview showcases what she calls the "fiery feminist" in her, and from her MAKERS interviews, we've seen this side as well. She's always outspoken on women's issues and standing up for what she believes in, giving us a few witty quibs along the way.
"Zooey Deschanel could be America's sweetheart if she wanted to be. But a sweetheart has to be sugary and pastel-natured—and the 34-year old actress has an edge to her sweetness. For one thing, she is fiercely independent—god forbid you ask her if she wants kids. "Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don't think so. Nobody asks guys that," she says, gaining steam. "And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, 'Pregnant and Alone!' Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me," she pronounces.
Click through the gallery above to learn more about Deschanel's "fiery" side.
1. "It's sexist to think that somebody can't act in a girly way or speak the way I want to speak or to assume that I'm not a strong, intelligent woman because of my appearance."
2. On playing the clown as Jess on "New Girl": "I loved that she had so much of the comedy hung on her. I feel like that's really rare." The moral? Trust yourself and take opportunities as they arise.
3. How Hollywood is changing: "It's not about women acting like men, it's about women acting like women and being successful."
4. "Proving people wrong is probably my favorite thing to do."
5. "I'm a feminist because I'm a woman, and I think that if you're a strong woman who wants to succeed, you have to be a feminist."
6. "Only you know what you can do and can't do."
7. "I think having anxiety and having fears is a good thing in that when you face those fears and anxiety it gives you strength."
8. "If I were to go back and talk to my 15-year-old self, I think I would tell myself, 'Don't get caught up in what other people think of you. It's what you think of you.'"
9. "Being yourself and being true to what makes you happy is the most important thing.”