Zooey Deschanel is the September 2013 cover girl for Marie Claire, and in the accompanying interview, the “New Girl” actress dishes on everything from her divorce to teen bullying.
Deschanel, who was bullied in high school, reveals that fame hasn’t made the mean-spiritedness disappear. “Even I get slammed and overwhelmed by how negative the Internet can get, and I’m an adult,” she said. “I don’t pay any mind to it, but it’s pretty shocking how when you give people anonymity — it’s like the worst of human nature.”
That’s part of the reason she started HelloGiggles.com with her business partner Sophia Rossi. The humor website is aimed at girls, and she says that cursing, gossip and snark are verboten. “I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say. There are worse consequences, but online negativity stops people from being creative, part of which is having bad ideas as well as good ideas. When somebody says, ‘That idea’s stupid,’ you stop your flow of ideas. We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.”
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