Multihyphenate Zooey Deschanel is ready to jump head-first into serialized television.
At a TCA panel for her upcoming Fox comedy “New Girl” on Friday, the film actress-indie musician revealed what attracted her to a starring role on the small screen. “When I read the script for the pilot, I don’t know if I’d ever seen a part that was as charming and exciting,” she said. “I was literally laughing out loud reading it…And it became very appealing to me.”
Premiering Sept. 20 at 9/8c on Fox, “New Girl” stars Deschanel as Jess, a nerdish 20-something who moves in with three single guys after a bad break-up. The series is created and executive produced by Liz Meriwether, of “No Strings Attached” and Diablo Cody fempire fame.
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Meriweather, whom Deschanel referred to as her “soul mate,” confessed that the role was tailor made for the “(500) Days of Summer” star. “It’s such a gift to have Zooey,” she said.
As for the toll a long-term television commitment could take on Deschanel’s film and music careers, she seemed less unconcerned. “The thought of doing it for a long time is actually really exciting to me,” she said. “If there’s any character I want to play forever and ever it’s this one.”