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INT: Zooey Deschanel

Interview #1 Jon Favreau
Interview #2 Zooey Deschanel
Interview #3 Will Ferrell

Christmas in October, what a great time of year! I’m not usually swayed or impressed by the flavor of the month twenty-something’s that crop up every now and again, but ever since discovering the loveable sprite that goes by the name of Zooey Deschanel in THE GOOD GIRL, I’ve been hooked. I’ll take this female elf over that tall, gawky one Liv Tyler plays in the LOTR trilogy any day of the year. Not only did my heart skip a beat when I saw this lovely creature in complete elf garb in the film, but upon hearing her sing, well...I was floored. I was beginning to wonder if this Los Angeles native could do any wrong?

Then she walked into the interview room with an adorable brown hat, the cutest matching brown shirt (with a tiny little pink heart on it to boot), infectious laugh, warm smile and the sweetest disposition. I knew the answer to my question right there. She can’t! Much like the actual mythological elf, she’s small, sweet and with the possibility of mischief dancing inside her, she’s just what everybody needs to get rid of those holiday blues this time of year. Is it any wonder that so many people have fallen in love with her character? Well, this interviewer came pretty darn close to falling for Zooey herself... :)

ZOOEY DESCHANEL

How was it wearing the elf costume?

It was fun (laughs). It was a good experience. 

Did they let you keep it?

(laughs) No, only very famous people get to keep their costumes.

Did you like singing in the film?

I love to sing, I’ve sung since I was a child. I started out doing musicals, they knew I could sing when they cast me because it was in the script, so it was very fun for me.

Have you seen the movie? Have you watched the whole thing through?

No, I haven’t. I don’t like to see it without an audience. Because it’s very hard to see myself without having the reactions of others, I blow it all out of proportion. It’s very difficult for me to judge it without having the reality check that an audience provides.

What was your reaction the first time you saw Will in yellow tights?

(laughing) Indescribable.

What was the biggest challenge you experienced while shooting the film?

It was cold, really freezing in Central Park. I was wearing eight layers, I’d looked like I’d gained ten pounds, tights and leg warmers and long underwear and the little heat packs stuffed every place I could stuff ‘em. Yeah, that was hard.

Didn’t you grow up in a climate like this?

No, I grew up in Los Angeles.

There is so much pressure today for a young, beautiful actress to go the way of magazines like FHM and stuff. As your star rises, do you get advice or any direction to go that way or have you been offered that and turned it down?

I’m pretty outspoken about that. I have no desire to do anything of that sort. That just seems tacky and I’m always just really disappointed when I see an actress I respect on the cover of one of the cheesy nudie mags. I don’t see any point in it, it has nothing to do with my job so if anybody ever suggested it, I would think they were sleazy. Nobody around me, or that I would surround myself, with would ever suggest that.

You seem to have a nice balance between doing smaller independent films and bigger ones. Do you have a strategy for the films you go for or do you just do what you like?

Yeah, I just kind of do what I like. The thing about indie films is that they’re much more difficult to get made, so I’ve probably been involved with many more indie films, signed on that is, that have fallen through at the last minute. And then there is a nice security in doing studio movies, but with those, there are a lot more cooks in the kitchen, so to speak. But this was such a nice movie to work on, a lot of incredibly creative people and the producers were wonderful. It wasn’t a "studio movie" in the sense that it was allowed to be a little quirky and different even though it definitely is a crowd-pleaser.

What makes a good Christmas movie for you?

I like something that has a lot to offer, so that you could see it year after year without being bored of it. You want it to get you excited about Christmas, get you in the spirit. Usually, hopefully, someone saves Christmas from certain doom (everyone laughs), which we have done in this movie...we’re hoping it’ll be a classic. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is obviously a drama, but I could watch that movie over and over again and I’ll never get tired of it. Same with MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET.

One of the themes of ELF, is the whole struggle to fit in or to find your place in the world. Is that something that you’ve ever struggled with personally?

Oh yes, definitely. In high school, it’s not like I didn’t have friends, but I always felt like I was on the periphery all the time. I was always curious and it always felt like a struggle, socially, in high school. So I definitely felt like that until I graduated. School is a strange place.

When you get a film like this and the work that you’ve done is impressive up to this point, do you think of your high school classmates and think: “Look at me now everybody, I was kind of the oddball in high school, but look at me now!”

Well, it wasn’t like I was the oddball, well, it’s strange, because in middle school I was kind of odd and I was a little chubby and then I lost all this weight and everyone was saying:” Zooey is a different person”. I never felt totally comfortable in myself, but I don’t think it was so much something that anybody else saw as much as it was something I saw in myself.

Did you have different interests in high school?

No, I was always pretty much a beeline towards being an actor. Since I was like 2, I had this direction.

What’s the origin of your name, Zooey?

Zooey is from Franny & Zooey, the Salinger novel.

Both your parents were Salinger fans?

Yeah, both my sister and I have literary names; she’s Emily- like Emily Dickenson.

Could you speak a little about working with Jon (Favreau), as a director?

Jon’s great. It was nice because he’s an actor and he understands what it’s like, because a lot of times, you want to feel like you were hired for a reason, that you were hired to bring your own creativity to the table and he was always very open to that and very collaborative about everything. It was really fun to work with him.

You were blonde in the film, did they want to you do that?

It was sort of an accident because I have dark hair. Somebody had asked me to dye it blonde for something and it was something that actually never happened and then I met on ELF and once you meet on something it’s sort of duplicitous if you run off and dye your hair to something different from when they met you.

Do blondes have more fun?

(laughs) No.

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WILL FERRELL'S INTERVIEW IS NEXT...

Source: JoBlo.com

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