Zooey Deschanel of “New Girl” on Fox
Q: What initially told you that “New Girl” was something you’d like to do, potentially for a long time?
A: (Series creator) Liz Meriwether and I have a special sort of weird connection. The stuff she writes, I really like, and I feel like I know how to do it. It’s one of those things where I feel lucky to be working with a show creator who really writes in my voice. I really had to jump on this opportunity, because it’s so rare to see material this good in general.
Q: Since your sister, Emily, also has been a Fox series star, thanks to “Bones,” has she been a good resource for you in adjusting to series work?
A: A lot of it is about the workload, and her set is even crazier than ours. I like to know what I’m getting myself into, so it really helps to have a sister who’s been doing this for a long time.
Q: You’ve had a busy schedule lately, thanks not only to “New Girl” but also your involvements in the movies “Our Idiot Brother” and “Winnie the Pooh.” Does the commitment to “New Girl” make you worry about not being able to move between projects as much?
A: I like a regular schedule. I like that I go to the same place every day and have a normal sort of life. Traveling is always difficult when you have to go to a whole new place and live there, at least for a while, so I’m happy to be doing this show here (in Los Angeles).