Deschanel criticized the “mad dream girl” metaphor for perpetuating the “one-dimensional” stereotype of women.
Zooey Deschanel debunks the “mad dream girl” metaphor that has plagued movies, television and the internet this century.
Deschanel, whose filmography has embodied the stereotype of darling, pompous and oddly volatile, criticized the concept in an interview with The Guardian.
“I don’t feel like it’s accurate. I’m not a girl. Deschanel answered a question from a fan, I’m a woman.” It doesn’t hurt my feelings, but it’s a way to make a woman one-dimensional rather than one-dimensional.”
She continued, “I think the trend is still to make women one-dimensional, so you have to add a dimension, if you can. The more time a female character gets on screen, the more space there is for complexities to emerge, but there’s been a shift, so I’m optimistic.” .
However, Deschanel’s most famous role remains in the 2009 MPDG romantic-drama film “500 Days of Summer” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bashful greeting card writer who becomes smitten with fellow summer (Deschanel) and tries to convince her to end up with him. While Summer is called a “villain” in the movie, it’s Tom’s determination and unwillingness to accept who she is that has colored the feature completely differently in the 13 years since its release.
“I got this taken from day one,” Deschanel opened up about audiences who view her character as heartless or indifferent. “It’s a very emotional response. People want the characters to be together, but not that happens makes the movie interesting. She’s explicit that she doesn’t want a relationship, but he ignores it.”
The “New Girl” alum continued, “The most telling scene is when you tell him, ‘I’ve never told anyone that before,’ and he speaks for himself. He focuses on external details – like her admiration for the Smiths – that have nothing to do with who you are as a person.” To anyone who thinks summer is the villain, I say: Think a little deeper.”
Gordon-Levitt has previously addressed his problematic personality, previously telling Playboy (via NME) that “the ‘he wants you so bad’ situation seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones” before warning: “But I would encourage anyone with a liking for my character to watch it again and check how selfish he is.” “.
“He’s developed a somewhat delusional obsession with a girl he’s signing all these fantasies with. Gordon-Levitt explained in 2012 that he thinks it would give meaning to his life because he doesn’t care about anything else going on in his life.” A lot of boys and girls believe their lives would have meaning if They find a partner who doesn’t want anything else in life but themselves.” “This is not healthy. This is to fall in love with a person’s idea and not the actual person.”