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Golden Globes: Zooey Deschanel on 'New Girl' nom--'It's like cake and ice cream'

December 15, 2011 |  9:29 am

Zooey Deschanel

Get out the "adorkable" meter. Zooey Deschanel phoned The Times while she was driving (we hope she was using her headset!) to the set of her hit Fox series "New Girl" to discuss the show's Golden Globe nominations. And her comments and reaction to the nominations are as cutesy as you'd expect from the gal who can make a slow-motion chicken dance look pleasant.

"The fact that people like it and it’s getting these nominations, it’s like … like, cake and ice cream,” Deschanel said, referring to the show's nod in the comedy category. 

In "New Girl," Deschanel's character, Jess, moves in with three guys who take her in after a humiliating split from her boyfriend.

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“I’ve been working a really long time as an actress -- I know how special and rare it is to get recognized like this.”

The 31-year-old actress (who also moonlights as a singer and, depending on the commercial break, a Cotton spoksperson) said her nomination for actress in a comedy was a "total surprise."

"I had my phone on silent," she said. "I woke up to a bunch of missed calls -- it was really kind of scary." 

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It's the kind of news Jess might get flustered over, Deschanel said. "She would totally trip and fall and walk into a wall. I know that because she's like me and that's sort of what I did. We worked a really long day yesterday so I was so tired this morning. I accidentally punched my wrist into a wall. I tend to walk into things when I’m tired I forget where my body ends and the world begins."

The show's creator, Liz Meriwether, is also like Jess, considering the character is semi-based on her own life. And she found it hard to wrap her head around the idea that her life is cool enough to earn a Golden Globe nomination.

"In a weird way, it's like a life nomination," said Meriwether, who got word of the show's nominations in the haze of actually writing the next script for the series.

"Deadline is in a couple of hours," she said. "But I'm sure I could get an extension."


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Photo:  Zooey Deschanel, star of the television series “New Girl,” poses at the 7th Annual Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party in Culver City earlier this year. Credit: Associated Press