Zooey Deschanel may be winning all the plaudits for her Golden Globe-nominated role in Fox hit show 'New Girl', but it wasn't always so rosy for the 32 year old, who recalls how she was bullied in high school. Speaking to the February issue of Allure magazine, Deschanel says she was tormented by her peers in both middle school and high school.
The actress - who found herself in the same classrooms as Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson - claims life at school was a nightmare, saying, "Girls spit in my face.People were so mean to me. I'd cry every day". Zooey assumed things would get better during her freshman year at Northwestern University but soon discovered that little had changed, saying, "I went to Northwestern because I had gone to a really non-traditional high school. I was like, 'It'd be cool to have a traditional college experience.Then I was like, 'Oh, but none of these people understand what's cool about me. My specialness is not appreciated in this place". Following her disillusionment, the actress dropped out of college to pursue a career in show business - quickly establishing herself as an indie-favorite following turns in Almost Famous and Elf. She became an international star after starring alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the quirky comedy '(500) Days of Summer' and drew an audience of 10 million people for the premiere of her new Fox sitcom New Girl. As attention begins to turn away from socialite types such as Kim Kardashian and before her, Paris Hilton, Deschanel played down speculation she is Hollywood's new 'It Girl', explaining, "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?".
Deschanel celebrated her 32nd birthday on Tuesday (17 January 2012), and appeared to want little in terms of gifts, telling Twitter followers, "I want to go on a coffee vacation. It's a vacation where you drink More coffee than usual and no one gets weird or judgy about it".