'New Girl's' Zooey Deschanel on the Internet: It Will Get More Positive

Zooey Deschanel
Ramona Rosales

"My parents say I tried to make them laugh when I was a baby, which I don't really trust," the New Girl star says. "I was always awkward and a little chubby. The only way I could get through the day was to make somebody laugh, make fun of myself first so others couldn't."

Zooey Deschanel is still holding out hope that one day, the Internet will be a more positive place.

At THR's annual comedy actress Emmy roundtable, the New Girl star (and recent Critics Choice TV Award winner) -- who also runs the website HelloGiggles.com -- said that the web "will get better."

"I'm on Twitter, and I have a website," says Deschanel, who has an "all online" rule. "It started as a female comedy site and has become editorial. There's way too much negativity online. But it will eventually change."

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Fellow roundtable participant, Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus disagreed: "It will get worse!"

"It's still this frontier," Deschanel says, "this weird Old West, like everyone shooting each other; it's just with words."

The actress noted that one must consider the source when reading negative things online.

"You have to consider the source. But who doesn't get to say it?" says Deschanel, before adding: "I always feel like it's like I have a few people whose opinions I value."

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Raising Hope's Martha Plimpton and Modern Family's Julie Bowen seemed to side with Louis-Dreyfus on the matter.

"It's too lawless. I mean, this is America, freedom of speech and all that, but it's amazing to me," says Bowen. "I remember as a kid being in a planetarium, and the minute the lights went down, everyone was whipping shoes at each other. We were 8 years old. And [my teacher] would say, 'Character is who you are when the lights are off.' And I was like, 'Uh-oh.' I was the first person to whip my shoe across the room. That's what the Internet feels like to me."