A/V Room









The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Zooey Deschanel

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Do you have the view that this is the ultimate romance, as this is really the story of a man who goes to the other end of the universe for the woman of his dreams?
I hadn't thought of it that way! But I think it's a really nice romance and I think that it actually sort of ties a lot of the elements of the story together - the fact that there's sort of a bizarre love triangle. I mean, do I think that it's the ultimate romance, yeah I do. And from now on, it is! [laughs]

Q. Have you found any coincidences or parallels between your life and the actual comedy of Hitchhiker's?
I will say, yeah, that's one of the things that I liked about the material is that it's so clever and it's implying a parallel between life on the planet Earth and created life out in the galaxy. Simply, the Vogons and their bureaucratic ways I'm sure remind us all of trips to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). As you know, if you don't fill out the right form, or bring the right sort of ID, you have to wait six weeks!
I found that very clever and thought it was one of the things that set it apart from a lot of other things!

Q. Is anyone going to admit to any silly stuff on-set?
Just the fact that there was even sillier stuff going on due to the fact that the Big Brother house was on the same lot. There's us doing this sci-fi movie and there are people living in this house doing extremely ridiculous things. We talked about how can we do something to get through to Big Brother.
Martin Freeman: That's right and Sam would always shout something as we went by.
Sam Rockwell: Hey, Big Brother, alright!
Zooey: Security were much more uptight that we ever were!

Q. How privileged did you feel to be a part of this?
. Well I'd read the book as a kid and it was one of those things that had kind of a legend around it. You know, the cool kids read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy because it was a sophisticated, exciting thing to read. I don't think I understood a word of it [laughs] but I was very sophisticated for having read it when I was 10.
I was incredibly honoured to be a part of this film and just lucky that these guys hired me to do this movie. It was a fantastic part, incredible people to work with and the source material, I mean, the books and the radio series, it's so unique.
It certainly has an English sense of humour, but it's unique within that, so I would call it completely unique and was just honoured to be a part of it.

Q. Had other 10-year-old girls in your group read it too? Because it seems remarkably grown-up for 10-year-olds?
Yeah, I think we all thought we were grown-up! It was a couple of kids in my class that were reading it.

Q. If you discovered the world was going to end in ten or 12 minutes time, how would you spend those minutes?
I would, of course, prefer it if my family, friends and boyfriend were all there. And I'd have just a big table full of sweets and ice-cream and just all the things I can't eat. And I'd put on a bunch of old tunes. And I would just eat!

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