Zooey Deschanel down-scales

Zooey Deschanel in "The New Girl."

Zooey Deschanel in "The New Girl."

Linda Massarella, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:58 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Zooey Deschanel is known for plunging into character for a movie or a TV show. And these days, the award-winning actress seems to be taking her schoolmarm teacher role in the Fox series New Girl especially to heart.

In the popular sitcom, Deschanel plays Jessica Day, a kind, modest middle-school teacher who has broken up with her boyfriend and tries to save money by moving in with three male roommates.

Whereas the 33-year-old Almost Famous star had been known for dressing in high fashion and driving pricey cars when out and about, Deschanel is now taking it decidedly down-scale and looking like a mild-mannered school teacher even on her days off.


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