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"It's a little bit annoying, to be totally blunt. The only similarity that we have is that we look a little bit alike," she laughed. "I have met her before. She seems like a nice person. I'm happy that she's famous enough now that she's not going out and being mistaken for me."
At first, we thought that Deschanel was joking. But she continued, saying that for months now, pretty much everyone has been confusing her with Perry. And, to be honest, it's starting to get a bit bizarre.
"I used to get, 'I heard you were out at such-and-such club drinking whiskey!' [when] I was at home watching TV," Deschanel said. "I think we lead very different lives. At some point I feel like this will stop being a thing. I like the way my life goes. It's sort of strange to be associated with someone that's doing such different stuff than me. It's weird."
Such is the way things tend to operate for Deschanel these days. In addition to having a new film (the indie "Gigantic," where she stars opposite Paul Dano) and a new album in the works (the follow-up to She & Him's 2008 effort Volume One), she's also been having to deal with the media attention surrounding her engagement to Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. None of this is particularly appealing to her, which is why she's been trying very hard to avoid the spotlight lately.
"I took a little bit of a break ... It's a good direction to go as I approach 30. I've been writing a lot and we've been doing some recording. I'm in an input phase," she explained. "I did so many movies in a row, and then my record came out and I went on tour. I needed a rest so I could fill up the vase with water. The vase is at a healthy level."
And she's aiming to keep things at that level — which means unplugging from pretty much everything. So, you know, if you happen to see a Zooey Deschanel Twitter account pop up one of these days, rest assured that it's not actually her.
"I know a lot of people that have had fake Twitters ... actors and musicians that I know. It's sort of a problem. There are all these people that sign up thinking that they're getting somebody's real thoughts when it's just some guy," she sighed. "There was a fake Twitterer of Ben. It was so silly because it was like all stuff like, 'I can't sleep!' I was like, 'Really? You can't think of anything better to do than to pretend to be someone else on Twitter and say you can't sleep? Come on, guy!' Ben doesn't do social networking things. Someone e-mailed him and asked him, 'Is this you?' It's one thing if they're harmless saying, 'I can't sleep,' but it's another if they're like, 'Hey, ladies! Who's around?' "