Zooey Deschanel is known for marching to the beat of her own drum. Whether in her films or in the music that she makes as She & Him with M. Ward, her fans know her as someone who isn't interested in being the latest glamorous bit of gossip.
Zoey Deschanel told Cosmopolitan recently that the secret to her work is that she does what she likes first.
"I'm very focused. I work all the time, but I do what I love and I don't care what people think of it. You don't become successful by trying to be 'a success.' You become successful by doing things that give you pleasure. That's a hallmark of mine."
One of the trends that new mom Zooey Deschanel will adamantly not be following is that of celebrities who show off their post-pregnancy bodies within mere weeks of delivering the baby. It seems to be a bit of a bragging rights issue to see who can bounce back from having a baby and be seen as having come through the experience without any alteration.
"Haven't we all seen those pictures of a sexy new mom in a bikini after one month? I will not be that person. I've always gone my own course and never been someone who had the need to be super skinny. I like a healthy look. I don't buy into that skinny-is-better mentality. I just eat healthy and work out and don't worry about my weight too much. Actresses aren't models, and most of them never wanted to be."
Like Amy Schumer, Zooey Deschanel sees being her own person as important in the culture today. And for her, that means being more than just a model that talks in a television show.
"It's a good time for women on TV. We can be funny in our own way … and funny doesn't mean just one thing. Funny isn't just one-liners. It's big personalities and individualism. I'm all for people asking actresses more intelligent questions. Just because you're wearing a nice dress doesn't mean you don't have any ideas. It's a shame to reduce smart, talented women to clothes models. But you can be a feminist and femme. I don't see how those things contradict each other."