When asked about her adorability at the TCA, Deschanel replied, “I don’t know if I’m adorable.” But like “quirky,” the other term often used to describe her, it’s so clearly the foundation of her brand and has led to a number of endorsements, including TV commercials for the cotton industry. She also seems nicely self-aware about just how much of a demographic stereotype she is. Exhibit A: Deschanel likes to sew her own clothes. Exhibit B: She’s played the now-trendy ukulele for years, the instrument Ryan Gosling used to woo Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine. “Yeah,” says Deschanel, “I should have trademarked that.” Exhibit C: She made me a mix tape. Exhibit D: The day we first met, she was wearing flat saddle shoes because of an ankle injury she’d sustained while doing circus tumbling.
I mean seriously, is she a real person or is she some amalgamation of pixie dust, puppies, freshly-washed linens, and cupcakes?