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Before Zooey Deschanel joined the cast of Fox’s “The New Girl” in 2011, she wasn’t exactly looking for a full-time television series. She had already guest-starred on plenty of established shows, like Showtime’s “Weeds,” and had a thriving film career (plus a band, She & Him, on the side). In fact, she wasn’t willing to take the role without a producer credit.

“I didn’t really want to do something unless I had a voice beyond just being an actor,” Deschanel says. “I was always wary about doing television, just because you have to play the same character for a long period of time. Being a producer gave me the confidence to know that it would be a dialogue, and I wouldn’t just be told what

to do.”

Deschanel is one of many actresses who have found more creative freedom working behind the scenes on series in which they star. »

- Christy Grosz

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