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Zooey Deschanel Talks About 'Rock Bottom' In School and Fashion Snobs

In the latest issue of InStyle magazine, Zooey Deschanel talks about being bullied in school and encountering fashion snobs on the red carpet.

"Seventh grade was the ultimate low rock bottom -- someone spitting in your face while you are on your way to your locker," says the 'New Girl' star. "Having to fight your way through those years makes you ready for the future. I can snap back, I can make fun of myself before they do... I can do all of it."

"There's no way I can ever be as sensitive as I used to be, and it's sad to lose any sensitivity because it generally makes people very good at art."

"I've seen a lot of people turn -- sometimes it unlocks who they really are. They turn into celebrities are who are separate from themselves. That's OK, but I just don't want to be like that. I have to be normal. My mother wouldn't let me be any other way."

That's one of the reasons why Deschanel says she's able to dress the way she does.

"There is an audience for more modest clothes," she says. "I hate that fashion could be something that excludes people."

"I remember I was wearing a cute jacket, and I saw this well-known actress -- who will remain nameless -- with her stylist. They said, 'Oh my god, that's so cute. Where did you get it?'"

"I told them, and it was not a fancy brand, and they were like, 'Oh...'"

"I just thought, 'Do you not like it anymore because of the brand?' That's so dumb. And you have just made yourself into a cartoon villain."

The actress, who split from her husband in 2011, also touches on the topic of having children.

"When I was married, that was the first thing people wanted to know. Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don't think so."

"Nobody asks a guy that. And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, 'Pregnant and Alone!' Stuck in this 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. That's not something that defines me at all."

July 9, 2014 |

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