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Zooey Deschanel: Actresses are too skinny, it's scary

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    Zooey Deschanel arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Zooey Deschanel is known in Hollywood for her quirky sense of humor. But the “New Girl” actress got serious during an interview with Glamour, criticizing actresses today, saying they are just too skinny.

“Women I admired growing up— Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep—were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin,” she said in the February issue of the magazine. “There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny—much, much too skinny. You can’t Pilates to 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."

Deschanel has definitely proven that, with her hit comedy series, which has earned her a handful of Emmy nominations.

“If ‘New Girl’ had been a movie, I don’t know whether I would have been given the opportunity to do it," she said, explaining that she had never landed starring roles in films.

"I’m just going where the material is,” she said. “Some of the smartest people run the network I’m on.”

Deschanel also had some strong words for her critics, especially those who disapprove of her girly style and feminist views.  

"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?"
 

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