Zooey Deschanel thinks that being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award is an ''incredible honour''.

The 32-year-old star of TV show 'New Girl' - which airs on Fox in the United States and Channel 4 in the UK - was named as a contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series yesterday (19.07.12).

She told Entertainment Weekly: ''I wanted to be an actress since I was two years old. It's always been my dream and ambition. This is the kind of moment you dream about.

''Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I could have this incredible honor and recognition. It's just so exciting.''

Her costar Max Greenfield also received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Zooey added: ''I have such a great job that's just such an incredible gift, and I always want to be doing the work because I love the work and not for some other reason. [But] it just means so much to have this nomination.''

She shared her excitement on Twitter with fellow Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Lena Dunham. She wrote: ''So excited for the #Emmys! @lenadunham - what are our nails going to wear?!!!''