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    That's one of the most exciting things for me about listening to records: It's a moment in time, and the less it's messed with the more powerful it is. I wanted at least one song on the record to be just completely about the moment.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    It's a lot harder to do an ensemble because your energy is going in so many different places, and you have to cover everybody. You have to sort of split your attention.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: energy  attention 
     
    It's strange because a lot of people are like, 'You can't change human nature-people are inherently negative.' I don't think that's true. If you expect the best from people, they'll step up.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  human  true 
     
    I'm not going to say I'm a big girl. I'm a very small person, but I'm a healthy weight. That might be a little weird for Hollywood.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  girls  healthy 
     
    Proving people wrong is probably my favorite thing to do.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  wrong 
     
    Why don't we just sit and stare and do nothing? Nothing at all for a while I like the way you smile I could be your state and I could be your nation It doesn't get better than home, now does it?
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: smile 
     
    I wanted to be a child actor so bad that every day I'd beg my parents if I could audition, but my mom said, 'Not until you can drive yourself to auditions.'
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: children  child  bad  parent 
     
    For some reason, people look at me and laugh. I don't know why.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people 
     
    There are lots of things that everyone else likes that I hate. So I feel that audience rights are very important. I just want people to hear it and decide if they like it or don't like it as they would with anything else.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  hate  right 
     
    I am always early to work but sometimes late to other things.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: work 
     
    I get embarrassed a lot of times getting attention, but I like being onstage. Do you know what I mean? If I'm in a crowd of people and they're all looking at me, I will feel embarrassed. It's a strange dichotomy.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  people  attention 
     
    I feel there are tone singers, and there are more vocal gymnastics singers. And I think that's amazing when people can do that, but I think there's room for the tone singers. And there aren't a lot of them.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people 
     
    I already have the weird experience of having a name for myself personally that's connected to someone that's in the public eye. So you have me, Zooey Deschanel, and then there's Zooey Deschanel's public persona.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: experience  eyes 
     
    I did not have a date to the prom. I went to my junior prom alone, and my senior prom, I was doing my first movie. I went in a limousine with, like, a bunch of people to my junior prom. It was a group date.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  alone  movie 
     
    I always wanted to be normal. I tried really hard, but it's like I try so hard and then people still say I'm offbeat. I've learnt to accept that and take advantage of it as an actor.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  advantage 
     
    I always choose roles that are, you know, hopefully different from the last role. I don't wanna do the same thing over and over again because that's, well, first of all that's no fun.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: fun 
     
    It can make you a little crazy when you are too connected to a product.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: crazy 
     
    Growing up in Hollywood meant there were a lot of film stars' kids at my school - but no conspicuous wealth. It wasn't cool to show off that you had money.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: star  film  school  money  wealth  kids 
     
    Every show is unique; some shows have the master plan and have everything figured out and that's just the way they do things. It's like high school. Some people write their papers the second they get their assignments, and some people write it the day after it's due.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  master  school  write 
     
    I'm not really that interested in pandering to an audience of people that are going to judge me before they hear me. If they hear it and don't like it, that's totally fine.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people 
     
    Blossoming and unfolding are basically the same thing, but blossoming is more romantic.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: romantic 
     
    If I could give my teenaged self any advice, it would be 'Calm down!'
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: advice  self 
     
    I'm always doing something musically - when I'm working or when I'm off.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I think there's a certain space people have decided I occupy - the funny-sidekick thing.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  space 
     
    I have Pro Tools on my computer, and I make CDs all the time.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  computer 
     
    I wasn't really the most charming person, socially - it took me a long time to develop my people skills - but the one place I was always comfortable was onstage, acting or singing.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  people 
     
    I'm always interested in hearing how other people read and react to my songs. I hadn't thought of it in just that way.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  thoughts  song  read 
     
    That people equate being girlie with being nonthreatening " I mean, I can't think of a more blatant example of playing into exactly the thing that we're trying to fight against. I can't be girlie? I think the fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness, that needs to be examined. I don't think that it undermines my power at all.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    Everyone romanticizes somebody.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I'm always trying to do stuff I haven't done before or challenge myself so I'm not resting on my laurels all of the time because if I just found my little niche and never left it, I'd be pretty boring, I think.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  challenge 
     
    Everyone needs a theme song! It should make you feel like a million dollars.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I've always been really picky about roles and make a point of reminding myself that it's not about the money - because, obviously, there's a lot of money to be made in this business if you're willing to do anything.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: business  money 
     
    Especially in comedies, I think a lot of time the female characters are there to provide a balance for guys.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I also feel like it's the right of the people hearing them to have their own interpretations of what these songs mean. Sometimes people will see things that I don't see.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  right  song 
     
    There are so many cute vintage dresses made out of synthetics from the '60s and '70s - but they're so itchy and hot. It's not worth it!
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: cute  worth 
     
    We all know guys who've had their hearts broken in real life; we just don't usually see it in the movies.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: heart  broken  real  movie 
     
    I get really insecure because even though I can speak in musician's terms, I don't know as much as real musicians.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: real 
     
    It's really fun to say no sometimes. I just don't want to discount how fun it is to say no and exercise your right to say no, and - as a girl - it's important to know how to say no... and that no means no!
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: girls  right  fun  exercise 
     
    I find sadness and strife to be so much more interesting with an upbeat melody.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: sadness 
     
    I think good actors tend to be really funny.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: funny 
     
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