Zooey Deschanel might have struck small-screen gold with her Jessica Day role on "New Girl", but she is wary of being hailed the next "It Girl". In an interview for the February issue of Allure, the Golden Globes-nominated actress even admitted that she finds the labeling funny.
" 'It' girl is supposed to be something that only lasts a certain amount of time," so the younger sister of actress Emily Deschanel explained. She went on to say, "They keep calling me an 'It' girl, and at this point it makes me laugh, because they've done that so many times: 'You're it'; 'you're not it.' What is 'it'?"
While she got the "It Girl" label these days, Zooey revealed that she wasn't that popular in middle school. In fact, she found herself as a victim of bullying by her peers. Recalling those years, the "500 Days of Summer" actress said, "Girls spit in my face. People were so mean to me. I'd cry every day."
Not much changed when the 32-year-old was a freshman year at Northwestern University. "I went to Northwestern because I had gone to a really non-traditional high school. I was like, 'It'd be cool to have a traditional college experience,' " she said. "Then I was like, 'Oh, but none of these people understand what's cool about me. My specialness is not appreciated in this place.' "
Despite her past, Zooey described herself as "a very positive person. I get excited easily, and I like to jump around." As for how she protects herself from online gossip and mean comments, the estranged wife of Ben Gibbard said, "I can't go on Gawker. I actually think the writing is really funny, but there is a chance that somebody is undercutting me."