September 20th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
Zooey Deschanel's new Fox series "New Girl," about a 20-something who moves in with three guy roommates after a bad breakup, walks, talks and makes wisecracks like a comedy. But before you label it that and that alone, here's how Deschanel describes it.
"It plays more like a romantic comedy than a sitcom, per se, even though it has some of the physical comedy that some of the classic sitcoms have. We’re telling stories that are not purely comedic," the actress explained on a call with press. "I really believe that you end up caring about these characters."
And while it's (pretty) "easy to take the show and be like, oh, it’s a girl and three guys," Deschanel continues, that wouldn't encompass the whole of what she thinks "New Girl" brings to the table.
"I think more specifically, these guys are helping her get over this experience, but not just that. It’s not just getting over the break-up. It’s also finding her way in a new life being a single woman in her late 20s," she explains of her character, Jessica Day, or Jess.
"It’s really about the person who’s having a big change in her life, and these people that help her. It’s less about male/female dynamics and more, I think, about these particular individuals relating to one another," she continues. "I have a lot of guy friends and they all have helped me a lot in different ways. So, I feel like it’s less about her moving in with guys and more about [a] person who’s really in transition in her life and her friends helping her."
Jess, of course, remarkably fits some of the characteristics that come to mind when one thinks of Deschanel herself - quirky and goofy in the most adorable way. (One of the taglines for the show? "Adorkable.")
"It wasn’t written for me initially, but it was sort of a perfect fit, you know," Deschanel admits. "You go to a store and there’s a dress that just looks like it was made for you, but it wasn’t. That’s sort of like what it was like."
The pilot, which airs tonight on Fox at 9 p.m., shows Deschanel's Jess trying to get through and rebound from having her heartbroken, and it's curious how the show will develop once she gets over that hump.
"[Jess is] definitely distraught in the pilot, and the pilot’s a lot about the break-up. But, it’s more, I think, finding her way in the future is more of the focus and less the getting over the break-up. That is more the sort of territory that we cover in the episodes to follow."
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