Zooey Deschanel is known in Hollywood for her quirky sense of humor. But the “New Girl” actress got serious during an interview with the February 2013 issue of Glamour magazine, saying actresses today are too skinny.
“Actresses have definitely gotten thinner over the course of my lifetime. Women I admired growing up – Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep – were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy – skinny – much, much too skinny. You can’t Pilates to that. I’m a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I’d look like them; it’s scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That’s not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what’s acceptable is larger than what people believe.“
Zooey has definitely proven that, with her hit comedy series, which has earned her a handful of Emmy nominations.
“If ‘New Girl’ had been a movie, I don’t know whether I would have been given the opportunity to do it,” she said, explaining that she had never landed starring roles in films. “I’m just going where the material is,” she said. “Some of the smartest people run the network I’m on.”