Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Zooey Deschanel, 33, is the cover girl of September's Marie Claire mag and she chats about crowds, haters, having kids and her speech.
Some highlights from the interview.
The New Girl star is dating screenwriter Jamie Linden. Her divorce from Death Cab for Cutie's frontman, Ben Gibbard, was finalized in late 2012 after three years of marriage. So, is having children on her priority list? "I'm not going to answer that question. I'm not mad at you for asking that question, but I've said it before: I don't think people ask men those questions."
What has she -
"Learned from being married and divorced? I will say this: Whether you're married or not, if you're in a relationship, you have to wake up every day and say, 'I want to stay with this person.' You have to make the commitment every day and every second and every minute."
On crowds: "I get very overwhelmed by crowds, especially of strangers."
On people today: "My theory is that people in this day and age want to dismiss things. So they want to be able to dismiss you. They say, 'You don't belong, you don't deserve this because here's why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments. Everything you've done doesn't matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that's feminine or you identify yourself as feminine.' And I just think that's (b.s.). And smart people are doing it, and that's surprising to me. I'll give them being smart, but they're being very shortsighted."
She continues: "It's just attacking who I am. A lot of times it doesn't have to do with what I get paid to do. It has to do with, 'Oh, you stupid person.' Even I get slammed and overwhelmed by how negative the Internet can get, and I'm an adult. I don't pay any mind to it, but it's pretty shocking how when you give people anonymity - it's like the worst of human nature."
On her website, HelloGiggles.com: "I just felt it's important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, 'I can't do this because I'm worried about what people will say.' There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas. When somebody says, 'That idea's stupid,' you stop your flow of ideas. We can't have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked."
Her first word was "light"; one of her first sentences was "Don't you shush me!" Of her speech patterns, she says: "I became aware that people were criticizing the way I speak, which seems weird to me. I speak the way I speak, and I am an intelligent person. Sometimes I lean into California-speak more for entertainment value. It's not that I can't live in a world without the word like."