During a summer tour with her musical duo She & Him, Zooey Deschanel has performed songs about tortured love and broken hearts. Since she wrote the songs with her partner, M. Ward, and she’s recently gone through a divorce herself, she’s obviously using her musical career to purge some emotions, right?
Wrong, says Deschanel.
“That is not what I do,” said Deschanel.
“I think that lovelorn is a more interesting emotion; I tend to be interested in that emotion more than I tend to be interested in the emotion of happy content love, so my big influences have always been a lot of different things,” said the singer-actress, who is taking a break from her hit sitcom “The New Girl” focus on She & Him, which recently released their fourth album, “Volume 3,” in the spring.
Deschanel says she doesn’t draw from her personal life when she creates, and instead relies on her own healthy imagination.
“It is the same thing for when people ask me, when I act, am I drawing from my own experience? Well no, I would run out of experiences really fast,” she said added. “I find things that are interesting, moving, maybe people I know or their emotions or movies or other songs, even just a thought or a feeling. . Not that there is anything wrong with confessional song writing, there are plenty of people that do that I admire. I think it is great it just isn’t how I do things.”
Deschannel talked more about her inspirations, her acting career and She & Him in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press.
AP: How do you find the time to write music?
Deschanel: When I was first really writing music I was doing lots of movies and I would be on location and then I would take a guitar and maybe a little keyboard along with me. I would write in my trailer at lunch. A lot of