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    I think the best comedic actors don't play it for comedy, they play it for reality. Then you find it funny because it's real. Playing the genre is the worst thing you can do - it's embarrassing.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: funny  reality  comedy  real 
     
    When I got a little bit older I wanted to play piano - that's all I wanted to do. I remember learning how to play a blues progression on the xylophone in music class and thinking "This is the greatest thing I've ever learned."
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: music  thinking  learning 
     
    I accidentally entered a youth pageant when I was 14. That's like a beauty pageant, but without the beauty. It was terrible.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: beauty  youth 
     
    In an ideal world no one would talk before 10am. People would just hug, because waking up is really hard.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  world 
     
    That is so personal, and it's my pet peeve when people press you on it. And it's always women who get asked! Is anybody saying that to George Clooney?
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  women  personal  saying 
     
    Girls get competitive, as though there's only one spot in the world for everything _ but that's not true. We need to stick together and see there's more to life than pleasing men. It's important not to cut yourself off from female friendships. I think sometimes girls get scared of other girls, but you need each other.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: friendship  men  world  true  girls 
     
    I'm not doing it to pander to people. I just always knew what I liked versus what I don't like. I never liked things with too many zippers or spikes and stuff. That weirds me out. I like things that are pretty. And I think it's great to be pretty. I like being feminine. I think it's good to be feminine. We don't need to look like men or dress like men or talk like men to be powerful. We can be powerful in our own way, our own feminine way.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: men  people  powerful 
     
    In making a record there are so fewer people involved - at least in our case. There were no more than three or four people in the studio at once. So I really feel like I can stand by everything on the record and say this is something that I personally endorse.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people 
     
    I'm just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can't be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f-king feminist and wear a f-king Peter Pan collar. So f-king what?
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: believe 
     
    What led me to be an actor is that I have a strange something in me that can drastically change the way I appear to the world. Growing up, I couldn't understand why people would always have different ideas of me - but because of that I became aware of how you can manipulate your own ability to change. And then I learned to make a career of it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  world  career  ideas 
     
    It's never too late for a coffee. After all it's morning somewhere in the world.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: world 
     
    A lot of people work out to be skinny. That's so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  work  women  goal 
     
    Always the aim for me is making people feel like they are not alone. That's just the greatest feeling.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  alone 
     
    Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: summer 
     
    I'm a person who has a lot of energy. So, yes, I don't really stop to rest or de-stress. I just keep going. I figure that if you don't stop, then you'll never notice how tired you are.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  energy 
     
    I've been watching a lot of Joni Mitchell YouTube clips and I can't believe her transformation from this folk singer in Canada.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    The internet's like one big bathroom wall with a lot of people who anonymously can say really mean things. It's fine, I believe in freedom of speech and I think people should think what they want, but I don't care to hear it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    When I was 13, I wasn't the coolest kid in my class, and that inner dork is a wonderful thing to have.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: kids 
     
    I'll have these internal moments where I'm empathizing with someone else or feeling something myself, but I'm like, "How can I see the best in this situation?" Sometimes those are the moments where you can have the most clarity.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: moment  clarity 
     
    I think my own personal style always ends up seeping into characters that I play. I've always had a very distinct idea of fashion for myself, and what a character should wear.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    From my perspective, probably women are won over by people who are sweet and respectful and courteous and kind and funny. I think those are the things that win women over.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I'll write and make chords with my voice sometimes if I don't have an instrument even though it takes a million times longer.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  write 
     
    I like a lot of old films, I like a lot old music, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that I like the idea of knowing what happens before, so that I can understand it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: knowing  facts  music  film  ideas 
     
    I don't like to plan harmonies too much, because there's something fun that happens when you just sing a pass, then sing another pass, and layer them on top of each other.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: fun  harmony 
     
    I think it's better to have your personal life and your work life separate. That way they don't corrupt each other, so to speak.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: work  personal  corrupt 
     
    Certain aspects of my personality are always going to come out on-screen. I guess that's just me - if they say I'm quirky, I'm quirky. It's better than being boring.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: personality 
     
    I just feel like growing up in Los Angeles, you learn, 'Well you're never gonna be the prettiest girl in the room, so just don't even try.' I mean, I care about being pretty, but it's not my most valued thing.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: girls  care  learn 
     
    I like acting with no lines because all of a sudden you're able to express things without always worrying about the text. It's great to have a great text, but there's a lot of stuff you can't say in words, and I think there's something really nice about good physical moments.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: moment 
     
    The moment you sense someone is making something because they think people are gonna buy it or like it, it's just so phony! The public has a nose for phony like nobody else.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  moment 
     
    I think I'm a fun flatmate. I'm always cheerful. I go on tour with my band so it's 12 people on one bus and I feel like I'm the one who's happy in the morning. I'm not a chaotic person, but I might slack off on doing the dishes from time to time.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  people  fun 
     
    I tend to like simple music. And clever, succinct lyrics. Songs that don't try to be more than they need to to be effective, to stir up something emotionally within you.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: song  music  lyrics 
     
    I sort of consider myself a comedic actress, not a comedienne. I think it's different. You know, I'm not a stand-up or anything, but playing into comedic situations is sort of where, I think, my strength lies.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: lies  strength 
     
    I appreciate a songwriter like Morrissey with so much restraint.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: appreciate 
     
    I don't thrive in a word-perfect environment.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: environment 
     
    I don't have control over what's on screen, and that's terrifying.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: control 
     
    I feel like making music because - and this has much to do with the way I was able to make this record - there's more of myself in it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: music 
     
    When I was a little bit younger The strain I was under could make me cry. Now I'm a little bit older, A little bit bolder, Never so shy
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I'm a romantic, but I'm not a romantic in the traditional sense. I like to romanticize what happens to me. Whatever happens to me - you could quantify it as good or bad - I romanticize it. I think along the lines of 'When that thing happened, it made me who I am.' That kind of thing. It's a different way of being romantic.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: bad  romantic 
     
    I try to be authentic - but at the same time I don't really want people prying into my personal life.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I'd be more likely to go for somebody who is like me. Well, I like creative people, so whatever that means... Yeah, authentic and creative.
    — Zooey Deschanel
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