If it were up to Zooey Deschanel, Jess’ wardrobe on New Girlwould consist strictly of turtlenecks and floor-length skirts. But for an episode earlier this year, she found herself slipping into skimpy lingerie to seduce on-screen boyfriend Justin Long. “I’m sort of sheepish about [being naked],” says Deschanel. If she was uncomfortable in the scene, you wouldn’t know it. That’s because Deschanel’s performance—which has thus far included zany voices, awkward dance moves, pitch perfect line delivery (“Jessica freakin P?!“) and lots of singing—is so seamless that it’s sometimes easy to forget she’s not playing herself. To top it all off, Deschanel has also managed to keep her character adorkable (how many times did you hear that word before Jess came on the scene?) without compromising her intelligence. Now, if that’s not worthy of a celebratory chicken dance/Emmy nom we just don’t know what is.
Watch the scene here and then keep reading to get Deschanel’s take on what she says is “the weirdest love scene” she’s ever done.
Now that you’ve watched, here’s Deschanel on…
The scene: It was one of those scenes that was really funny on the page and when we shot it, evolved into a stranger and weirder scene than I had even imagined while reading it on the page. That one sticks out for sure.