This New Girl star — whose turns 31 today! — looks cuter and quirkier than ever on the cover, and opens up about how she is perceived by the media and recalls her childhood years when she wasn’t known as the “it” girl in Hollywood.
“They keep calling me an ‘it’ girl, and at this point it makes me laugh, because I’ve done that so many times: ‘You’re it’; ‘you’re not it’. What is ‘it’? Because I have brown hair and a low voice, I would get cast as dry, sarcastic, ironic people, which I can do, but it’s just not my sense of humor. I’m a very positive person. I get excited easily, and I like to jump around.”
The 500 Days of Summer star added, “I’ve always straddled a weird line—there’s a lot of mainstream stuff that I love. At the same time, I still feel like an outsider. I’m the outsider who’s on the inside.”
Can you believe this adorable starlet was bullied in school? “Girls spit in my face, people were so mean to me, I’d cry every day.” Zooey admitted.
Even now, she’s even scrutinized for her hairstyle, one she’s kept since becoming a big star and indie darling. “I’m bangs and eye. 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?”
Despite her Golden Globe nomination and hit FOX show, not everything has been perfect for the actress over the past few months. Zooey separated from Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard this past November, only to file for divorce in early 2012 for irreconcilable differences.
For more on Zooey, pick up the February issue of Allurehitting newsstands on Jan. 24, and tune in to her show New Girl every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.