Zooey Deschanel: I Wasn't the Most Popular Child

01/06/2014 at 10:00 AM EST

Zooey Deschanel: I Wasn't the Most Popular Child
Zooey Deschanel
Courtesy Elle by Carter Smith
She's cute and quirky, but there was a time when those qualities didn't win Zooey Deschanel any friends.

"I wasn't the world's most popular child," Deschanel, 33, reveals in February's ELLE, which features the New Girl star on the cover of its Women in Television issue, along with Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Allison Williams.

"Definitely none of the kids I grew up with would have ever thought, 'Zooey will be on television and have her own show,' " she admits.

But Deschanel, who grew up in Hollywood with sister Emily, says that dealing with the mean girls at school gave her "built-in tenacity."



"Nothing has ever come easy for me, and I think that's a really good thing," she says. "I learned at an early age that you have to work hard for what you get."

While the Elf star embraces her girliness, she also makes clear that this doesn't mean she's a pushover.



"I have really 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. I don't believe in it."

New Girl is back with new episodes on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters