'Girls would spit in my face': Zooey Deschanel reveals she was bullied at school
She's the kooky star of the hit sitcom New Girl who is known for being funny and upbeat.
But Zooey Deschanel says she wasn't very popular when she was growing up.
The 31-year-old actress – who appears on the February cover of Allure – tells the beauty magazine that she was bullied at school.
New Girl: Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel talks to Allure magazine about her hair, being bullied and being called an 'It girl'
'Girls [would] spit in my face,' Zooey says.'People were so mean to me, I'd cry every day.'
It's a feeling that the actress obviously carries with her because she refuses to read online gossip and mean comments that have been made about her.
'I can't go on Gawker,' Zooey says of the showbiz website.
Bangs and eyes: The actress and singer says her fringe and her baby blues are part of her signature style
'I actually think the writing is really funny but there is a chance that somebody is undercutting me.'
The actress briefly steps out of her kooky image and poses in a series of sexy shots for the US magazine.
In one photo she poses in a silk top and wool shorts, both of which are Jason Wu creations – the fashion designer favoured by First Lady Michelle Obama.
It's a sexy grown-up look for the actress who displays her long legs while leaning back in a wooden chair.
One thing that remains consistent, however, is her hair.
Quirky: Zooey is considered to be a kooky girl
Red carpet moment: The newly single actress attended the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on Sunday
While it has been piled high into a Sixties beehive, her signature dark brown fringe remains.
The 500 Days of Summer star is very aware of her image and how people see her.
'I'm bangs and eyes,' she says. 'It's who I am.
'There have been periods when I've grown my bangs out, but I always cut them back, so it's like, why go through the trouble'
On set: Zooey was seen with her co-star Jake M. Johnson filming a scene of New Girl today
Simple style: The actress was seen in a pair of black shorts and a cream vest and also covered up with a long black jacket
she is not known for showing off her body, Zooey says she does try to
keep trim by eating healthily, sticking to vegetables, grains and
But she insists she is not excessive.
'Some people around me, they're like 89 pounds,' she says.
'I'm not going to say I'm a big girl. I'm a very small person but I'm a healthy weight. That might be a little weird for Hollywood.'
That's an attractive face: Zooey was seen pulling a bizarre facial expression as she shot scenes
Important person: Zooey posted a snap of a birthday letter from Barack Obama to her Facebook page
Zooey – who is currently divorcing her husband Benjamin Gibbard – makes no apologies for her girlie fashion sense.
Magazine: Zooey appears the front of the February edition of Allure
To her critics, she says: 'If you feel like dressing like a girl, there's nothing wrong with that.
'I don't know why femininity should be associated with weakness.
'Women should be free to express who they are without thinking: “I need to act like a man” or “I need to tone it down to be successful”.
'That's a very good way to keep women down.'
Zooey is on a career high at the moment. In addition to acting she also sings as part of the Indie duo called She & Him.
That doesn't mean she is a flash in the pan though.
'”It” girl is supposed to be something that only lasts a certain amount of time,' she says.
'They keep calling me an “It” girl and at this points it makes me laugh, because they've done that so many times: “You're it”, “You're not it'.
'What is “It”'
Whatever she calls herself Zooey is clearly a VIP in the President's book and received a letter from him wishing her a happy birthday earlier this month.
The actress posted a snap of the letter to her Facebook page but forgot to cover her address so uploaded a second picture with her private details covered.
To read more of Zooey Deschanel's interview go to Allure.com.