Zooey Deschanel is over having to defend herself and her girliness, especially if she’s defending herself against other girls.
In the February issue of ELLE, the magazine’s Women in Television issue, the “New Girl” star opens up about how she’s ready to move on from all the nastiness. “I really have stood up for myself on multiple platforms,” she says. “It’s sort of the grown-up version of middle-school nastiness, and I’m just like, come on.”
“If there’s one thing I’d like to graduate from, it’s girl-on-girl hate,” she continues. “I don’t believe in it.”
Deschanel, who appears on the cover along with Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Allison Williams, also speaks openly about her less-than-charmed childhood. “I wasn’t the world’s most popular child,” she admits. “Definitely none of the kids I grew up with would have ever thought, ‘Zooey will be on television and have her own show.'”
She credits those early childhood experiences for giving her a “built-in tenacity.” “Nothing has ever come easy for me, and I think that’s a really good thing,” Deschanel adds. “I learned at an early age that you have to work hard for what you get.”
“New Girl” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.