Emmys 2012: Zooey Deschanel on her ‘New Girl’ nod

To explain how Zooey Deschanel felt Thursday morning about her first Emmy nomination for "New Girl” requires a little setup.

“I have a nephew, Henry, who is 9 months old and he gets excited about everything,” Deschanel explained. “But the most exciting thing you can do is give him a wooden spoon. He loves it. I feel like a baby with a wooden spoon.”

The actress shares her category with fellow first-time nominee Lena Dunham, who made waves with the first season of her HBO comedy "Girls.”

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“I’m so happy for her,” Deschanel said. “She’s a friend of mine. We were emailing this morning. She’s really killing it. Big time.”

Deschanel, however, rejects the notion that these hit female-centric comedies are part of a “year of the girl.”

She said: “Tina Fey said in her book something that I always think about. You don’t want it to be a female thing. You want it to get to a point where it’s just about comedy. That’s the truth.”

So with the full day ahead of her, will Deschanel find a wooden spoon to hold onto today?


“No,” she said. “That’s for Henry. I need to find something else.”


HBO dominates the 2012 Emmy nominations

HBO’s ‘Girls’ among best comedy series nominees

‘Mad Men’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ among best drama series

‘Game Change,’ ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ among nominees for miniseries or movie

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