Actress Zooey Deschanel has a number of fans who love her quirky mannerisms and off-kilter ways. She also has plenty of haters who despise her for the exact same traits. But like her or not, Zooey seems like an awfully honest, down-to-earth girl, as evidenced in a recent interview with Marie Claire.

While she recently became an aunt, Zooey revealed that work is the baby she wants to take care of, saying:

[Kids have] never been my focus… My sister was always very motherly, babysitting and stuff. I like kids, and I like being around kids – but it was never an ambition, something, like, I need…I like working. That’s what I like doing. I like to work.”

The often-silly, free-spirited actress also revealed some more serious details about her life, like how she was bullied in school for being chubby:

I was ridiculed. I still have in me the same awareness when I was 12 and chubby and a girl was spitting in my face. I’m the same person. Certainly you change, and you change perspective, you have other experiences. But isn’t it funny – I can still remember when I was treated differently from the way I’m treated now.

Opening up even further, Zooey talked about dating, saying that, “I’m just going through a divorce, so I don’t really think that’s something I want to get into now.” She also admits to literally not having time for seeing anyone due to her busy schedule. [via ONTD!]

Frankly, I didn’t used to be a Zooey fan. I thought that her whimsical nature was obnoxious, and that there was little more to her personality than cute dresses and silly faces. However, the work she’s done with her show New Girl, her blog, HelloGiggles and the three albums she’s put out in recent years have been slowly changing my mind. The honest, perhaps unpopular (people love to shun childless celebrities!) quotes she gives in this interview only make me like her more, and I hope we see this more relatable side of Zooey in the future.

What do you think of Zooey Deschanel? Was this interview interesting to you?

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