Zooey Deschanel: “I Want to Be a F—ing Feminist!”

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“Women I admired growing up— Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep—were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin.”[HP]

Zooey Deschanel is, despite her claims to the contrary, a very big star. She may not be Angelina Jolie, but even Angelina Jolie isn’t Angelina Jolie these days.

What she is is a household name that audiences flock to their TV sets to watch every week on her smash hit series New Girl. Deschanel opens up about being a leading lady in Hollywood, and how many of the memes (yup, I just used that word) in showbiz about what it takes to be a successful star are, in fact, untrue.

Take, for example, the standard belief that only super thin women are successful in Hollywood. Deschsanel counters 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.”

She also adds that the whole glorifying of dumb women (who are actually smart women playing dummies for the tabloids, i.e. Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson) is a relic from the days of the Bush administration. “”I’m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f–king feminist and wear a f–king Peter Pan collar. So f–king what?”

Read more about her insights in the February issue of Glamour.