‘New Girl’ Zooey Deschanel Does What She Wants

“I want to be a f–king feminist and wear a f–king Peter Pan collar. So f–king what?”

“So f–king what?” is right, Zooey Deschanel! The “New Girl” actress, who charms weekly on her quirky Fox comedy, covers February’s Glamour magazine and has uncharacteristically salty words for her critics. “I’m just being myself,” she told the magazine. “There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say.”

The 32-year-old, whose divorce from Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard was finalized in December, had plenty more to get off her chest regarding her leap from the big to small screen, starving actresses and her own image in the industry.

“I think a lot of people think that they know me. I’m not Jess; I just look the same,” Zooey said, adding that she has no delusions about her status in Hollywood:

“I’m just going where the material is,” she explained of her transition to television. “Some of the smartest people run the network I’m on. People sometimes say, ‘Oh, you were a movie star,’ and I’m like, ‘No, I was a supporting actress.’ I wasn’t an A-list actress, and I’m fine with that. I’m proud of what I did in film. But getting to do the stuff that I was passionate about was such an uphill battle. If ’New Girl’ had been a movie, I don’t know whether I would have been given the opportunity to do it.”

Or, for that matter, the opportunity to present a healthful body image to girls who watch her hit comedy. “Actresses have definitely gotten thinner over the course of my lifetime,” she acknowledged. “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.”

And, harkening back to her disdain for naysayers, Zooey explained that she’s never tried to fit a particular mold.

“It’s just about doing what you like so that when you look at yourself, you’re not disgusted,” she said. “And I’m all about unintentional. I’m not a calculated person…. Somebody asked me, ‘How did you start doing comedy?’ and I was like, ‘By being unintentionally funny.’ I think making a movie or a record, the best things happen by accident—and those end up being the magic. Every time I’ve followed my gut it’s been better than when I’ve tried to do what I was supposed to do.”

What do you think of Zooey’s interview with Glamour? Do you too enjoy a f–king Peter Pan collar? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!