Talking about the incident, Zooey said: "I was ridiculed. I really don't know why she spat at me. I just talked to her. I guess I wasn't allowed to talk to her. I remember I couldn't believe it." As a result, she decided to transform herself over the next 12 months by losing a lot of weight and becoming less stubborn. She said, "All of a sudden everybody treated me differently. But once school was done, she made no effort to keep in touch with her tormentors."
Zooey also admitted that she's happy being single after filing for divorce from her hubby, musician Ben Gibbard, in December. And that she's in no hurry to become a mum either, revealing it's never been something she's longed for. As of now, she is content with her flourishing career, as her US sitcom New Girl - in which she plays the lead role of teacher Jess Day - has just been commissioned for a second series after the first season became the most successful TV comedy among young viewers in the US.
Zooey Deschanel might be a poster girl now, but things were not so hunky-dory when she was in school. In an interview for US Marie Claire magazine, the New Girl actress told how she was ridiculed at school for being chubby 12-year-old. She also revealed she wasn't always popular - and was once spat on because of how she looked.