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Emmys 2012: Zooey Deschanel on her 'New Girl' nod

July 19, 2012|By Patrick Kevin Day and Yvonne Villarreal
  • Zooey Deschanel in "The New Girl"
Zooey Deschanel in "The New Girl" (Patrick McElhenney / Fox )

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."

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