Something about Zooey Deschanel throws off TV critics. At last year’s press tour panel for her Fox hit New Girl, a reporter wanted to know when did she realize that she’s “adorable.”
This time at the semi-annual event, she was asked to explain her name. That was the question – can she “explain her name.” Like it’s a riddle. Or a trick she’s pulling.
“My name?” the actress replied, confused. “My first name or my last name?”
“My name on the show?”
The critic explained (… sort of … not really):
“Zooey. Zooey Deschanel.”
“I was named after [the J.D. Salinger novel] Franny and Zooey,” she said. “My last name is French.”
And her last name is French.
With that finally settled, her fellow panelists and other reporters applauded.