"Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don't think so. Nobody asks guys that," Deschanel told InStyle. "And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, 'Pregnant and Alone!' Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me."
Deschanel, who co-founded the female-focused website HelloGiggles, says her parents are to thank for her independence and imagination. Thinking back on her childhood in Los Angeles, the actress recalls "drawing in one corner, writing or sewing in another. I was lucky to have parents who were really, really supportive in terms of creativity. We only went clothes shopping twice a year, but every single day of the week I had something else I was learning to do."
It's this drive to stay busy, Deschanel explains, that helps keep her grounded despite the lures of Hollywood. "I've seen a lot of people turn—sometimes it unlocks who they really are. They turn into celebrities who are separate from themselves. That's OK, but I just don't want to be like that," she says. "I have to be normal. My mother wouldn't let me be any other way."
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