Critics hammer Zooey Deschanel: 'When did you realize you were adorable?'


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Oh those cruel TV critics! Fox’s The New Girl star Zooey Deschanel barely survived her encounter with the hard-nosed media at their press tour in Beverly Hills, where she was asked: “When did you first realize you were adorable?”

Deschanel blushes and covers her ears.

“My mom told me when I get compliments to cover my ears,” she says.

Dammit! She pulled that adorable thing again.

“Thank you for saying that,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m adorable. No, really. I’m flustered. I don’t think of myself that way but I will take the compliment.”

Another critic asked about the similarities between her character in 500 Days of Summer and her Fox sitcom character. “They look alike,” she quipped… adorably.

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  • Gary

    That is so adorable!

    • wsugar

      Too bad she can’t act.

      • LTC

        Thank You.

        I thought I was the only one. The woman has one note as someone who’s done a few drugs. I saw her in the Tin Man on Syfy and thought she was horrible – all her roles are the slightly ditsy or drugged adorable character.

        I cannot watch any of her work, she is that bad.

      • J. Norman

        Watch Tin Man a second time. I think you’ll find it much better once you understand – from hindsight – what is going on.

      • Cheery

        She was great on Weeds. They need to get her back with Andy.

      • Scott

        I think it really depends on the role with her. check out Manic, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, intense movie but I thought her acting was solid in it.

      • Vicky

        When she gets to do something other than bohemian crush object, she’s not bad. In Failure to Launch, she was ‘that person in the office that hates everyone’ — and pretty much the only good thing about the film.

      • lisa

        she can act! if youre not interested in her then why would you be reading this article..

      • Templar

        Totally loved her in Failure To Launch. She and Bartha made that film for me, because I can’t stand SJP and MM.

      • Tyrone

        I never could understand why she married the guy from Death Cab but not M. Ward. Weird.

  • Jason


    • Lisa S

      Hibberd comes across as a total creeper (AGAIN) in this article.

  • Alex

    I <3 her so much, coolest chick ever. Ben ibbard is a lucky man Zooey is awesome.


    She’s wonderful in Almost Famous.

  • Michael

    Love her.

  • Cygnus

    She was so adorable in 500 Days that I hated her for treating Joseph Gordon Levitt like that. Finding the girl of your dreams, having fun with her, then she turns out to be a big tease.

    • Teresa

      She did NOT tease him, she told him from the beginning that she didn’t want anything serious – he didn’t listen.

      • Cygnus

        Still she consciously knew he was falling in love, and shouldnt have allowed it to happen.

      • Greg

        Don’t date actresses. That is lesson number one.

    • Cygnus

      I keep coming back to this article to see her face. Too damn cute! I forgive her. Commence another crush on her again.

    • Terry Barrett

      Adorable is dime a dozen.

  • ziggy

    so cute and charming. I look forward to the show

  • what?

    I could not figure out all the flattery in 500 days of summer, a women who is obviously totally infatuated with herself, who has a hairdo and wardrobe from the 50s, that is not adorable. It is annoying.

    • FazeCraze

      I found the movie to be WAY overrated.

    • Matt

      The faux-indie thing is pretty lame, too.

    • Kevin

      She wasn’t infatuated with herself, she just didn’t love him, despite the fact that she wanted too.

      • actor’s bible

        Kevin is 100% right. You all have growing up to do. Her character had been alienated by the attraction of men. She wanted something real, and was both lost and defensively retreating in the mirror of herself in trying to find that authenticity.

  • TF SO

    Waaay cuter than her sister

    • Jay

      I dunno… I have a thing for redheads. Emily is pretty darn cute, too

    • Safely Anonymous

      Here’s the breakdown for the Deschanel sisters:

      Better face: Zooey

      Better body: Emily

      Not that either is lacking in each department, but if you have to compare the 2, this is the only fair way.

      • Scubafreak

        Why not just settle it by saying that you wouldn’t kick either of them out of bed for eating crackers…..

      • Slizzard

        Wow, I think it’s the other way around. Emily is too skinny and Zooey’s face is unremarkable, especially without bangs.

    • Ashton

      Agreed. Emily just looks manly to me. Not in a Rupaul way, in a Wendy Williams one.

    • Cheery

      No at all. Emily is definitely prettier. She just has a square jawline, which only looks “bad” with blunt bangs.

      • Piper

        My vote is for Emily. Zooey is cuter, but Emily is downright beautiful, in my opinion.

  • Sumedh dhuldhule

    She is adorable no doubt.The man who doesnt accept that is a waste of billions year of human evoluation :p

  • Sumedh dhuldhule

    She is adorable no doubt.The man who doesnt accept that is a waste of billions year of human evolution :p

  • Strepsi

    She has to get a plan B fast, because like “cute” on men, “adorable” does not age well.

    • Meg Ryan

      Hey that’s not tru…oh wait.

      • Bob R


      • Ash

        Betty White&Jennifer Aniston

      • Greg

        Ash needs to lay off the drugs.

    • LTC

      The adorable young woman will morph into the eccentric bag lady. I think that would be a perfect fit.

    • Shaw202

      Yes, it does seem like this intelligent and creative singer/songwriter/website creator/actress probably doesn’t have anything else going for her.

  • Nate

    WAS! Not so much anymore.

  • tom

    she so adorable.

  • Amy

    I love her! Can’t wait to see The New Girl!

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