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Zooey Deschanel talks body image and success in new interview

By Marilyn Malara
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Zooey Deschanel talks body image and success in new interview
Zooey Deschanel told Cosmopolitan that she intends not to be "that person" who poses for bikini photos after having a baby. Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Zooey Deschanel shares the secret to her success and it's simple: do what gives you pleasure.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, the pregnant New Girl actress shared her thoughts on everything from body image to feminism.

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When asked about not posing for a 'body after baby' photo shoot, 35-year-old Deschanel says she will not "be that person."

"I've always gone my own course and never been someone who had the need to be super skinny," she said. "I like a healthy look. I don't buy into that skinny-is-better mentality. I just eat healthy and work out and don't worry about my weight too much."

"Actresses aren't models, and most of them never wanted to be," she added.

The television star is due this summer, and New Girl producers have reportedly changed shooting schedules around the expected delivery. As the wildly successful show enters its fifth season on Fox, Deschanel told the Los Angeles Times that it will be Jess-less for a few episodes as she enters motherhood.

"I think it's better," she said in a phone interview. "I mean, I would have been fine delaying things, I just didn't want to go back to work with a weeks-old infant. That's not really fair to the infant.

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Her pregnancy isn't slowing her down. Deschanel says that when it comes to work, she puts in 100 percent.

"I'm very focused. I work all the time, but I do what I love and I don't care what people think of it. You don't become successful by trying to be 'a success,'" she told Cosmo. "You become successful by doing things that give you pleasure. That's a hallmark of mine."

Female-led television shows have been getting a lot of attention in the past years, and New Girl is no exception. "It's a good time for women on TV," she said. "We can be funny in our own way... and funny doesn't mean just one thing. Funny isn't just one-liners. It's big personalities and individualism."

When asked about the "Ask Her More" Twitter campaign that critiqued the red carpet during awards season, the (500) Days of Summer actress revealed her own point of view.

"I'm all for people asking actresses more intelligent questions," she said. "It's a shame to reduce smart, talented women to clothes models. But you can be a feminist and femme. I don't see how those things contradict each other."

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