don’t call Zooey Deschanel a “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”.
The new girl alum opened up about how she felt about being associated with the pop culture term, first coined in 2007 by audiovisual club writer Nathan Rabinwhich usually depicts an eccentric, somewhat nerdy, attractive female character who gives a male protagonist a deeper meaning to their life.
“I don’t think that’s accurate,” Deschanel told the Guardian in an interview published July 21. “I’m not a girl. I’m a woman. It doesn’t hurt me, but it’s a way of making a woman one-dimensional and I’m not one-dimensional.”
When asked if she was getting fewer roles as a maniacal dream girl and if positive changes such as the #MeToo movement had moved Hollywood away from female tropes, the 42-year-old replied: “I think the The trend is always to make women one-dimensional, so you need to add dimension, if you can. The more screen time a female character spends, the more space there is to show the complexities, but there is had a change, so I’m optimistic.