Pop & Circumstance: Zooey Deschanel is everywhereBy Allison Berger | September 29th, 2011 | 2 comments
It’s true: Zooey Deschanel is “the new girl” no longer.
The success of Zooey Deschanel is no accident. There was no discovery in a shopping mall or landing of a lead role after an extras casting call (a-la Reese Witherspoon). Her father was a cinematographer; her mother and sister actresses. She planned to work in musical theater and went to Northwestern University to study, but dropped out after just seven months to pursue the dream. After acting in several movies, recording two studio albums, starring in a television show and becoming the ultimate mainstream hipster icon, the life that Zooey presumably wanted is now hers — at the age of 31.
And she’s certainly not done creating yet. Cue the launch of hellogiggles.com, a collaborative “lady-friendly” blog founded by too-cute Zooey, herself, for “smart, independent and creative females.” Note that you can’t access a single page without seeing an advertisement for “The New Girl.” Hey, she may sound flighty at times, but Zooey knows how to market herself.
She’s everywhere, man. See below…
Zooey and husband/Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard performing together in 2010
Zooey’s quirky, feathers-in-her-hair and a song-in-her-voice signature character is grating on some and adored by many. Is there any notable difference in vocal intonation or general wardrobe between Kat from “Weeds,” “Summer” from “500 Days of Summer” or “Jess” from newly premiered Fox series, “The New Girl”? Hip, hipper, and hippest, perhaps. YouTube’s Noel Kristi Wells took note of Zooey’s “type” and began a collection of impersonations with her very own “Zooey Deschanel Show” in 2010.
Check out how strangely similar her homemade intro is to the “New Girl” opening credits. Fishy, no?
It’s no secret Zooey has sang and danced herself into a successful music career outside of Hollywood. As the female counterpart to “She & Him” with indie-folk artist M. Ward, Zooey has lent her “vintage”voice to two volumes of music so far, plus a Christmas album that will be released this holiday season.
You also may have heard her on the small screen in a commercial for Cotton’s “Fabric of our Lives” campaign in 2009.
Zooey is also the face of UK-based drugstore makeup line, Rimmel, which she describes as “fun, pretty and hip.”
What’s your take on the Real Zooey D? Simply adorkable, like “The New Girl’s” tag line? Or simply annoying?
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.