Zooey Deschanel on ‘New Girl’

The star of Fox's hit comedy talks to us about her favorite episodes of season one.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Poor Zooey Deschanel was losing her voice when she met with the Television Critics Association. On a panel of Fox comedies, she represented "New Girl. The laryngitis saved her from answering personal questions, but I jumped in with some "New Girl" fanboy ones. She remembered me from because I’ve told her "(500) Days of Summer" helped me over a breakup, so she waved to me from the stage and whispered her answers into her microphone.


Crave Online: Tell us about the upcoming episode at the beach and the doctor’s office?

Zooey Deschanel: That was from the “Injured” episode. That was one of my favorite episodes.

Crave Online: What made that your favorite?

Zooey Deschanel: I didn’t say it was my favorite. I said it was one of my favorites. I love it because it had a really great mixture. It’s actually essentially a dramatic episode but there are a lot of really comedic moments and that’s what I love about doing a show is that we get to basically take on some more serious stuff but with lighthearted humor. I just really love that combination. I feel like that to me is what I like about life. Jake jumped naked in the ocean at two in the morning, guys. So a lot of hard work on that episode.

Crave Online: Is that sort of like the episode where you try to break up with Justin Long, where it wasn’t laugh out loud but I really liked how all the characters behaved in it?

Zooey Deschanel: Yeah, it differs week to week as far as how much comedy, how much drama but there’s always a mix which I like because I like characters to really have their own motivations and it’s not just about delivering one liners. All the comedy on the show comes out of the characters and their emotions.

Crave Online: The Wedding episode is a fan favorite. Why do you think that episode resonated with so many people?

Zooey Deschanel: It was a really funny episode. I love that episode. I don't know, it’s hard to say. It definitely worked. It was nice to see all the characters really doing their thing and that episode was the first time you see them with a large group of people. Jason Winer directed that episode. I think he’s really talented. Donick Cary wrote it, great episode.

Crave Online: There was one episode where the show must have been long, so the opening credits were just freeze frames instead of the full sequence. It was like an ‘80s TV show. Was it fun to shoot those photos?

Zooey Deschanel: They didn’t actually shoot it. That was just stills [from the video.]