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Zooey Deschanel gives romance tips

Zooey Deschanel believes the key to a successful relationship is putting in effort all the time.

The 33-year-old actress likes to keep a low profile when it comes to her life outside of work.

The American New Girl star is divorced from musician Ben Gibbard, but admits she is seeing someone else now.

While she won't discuss her future plans, Zooey is happy to share what she learnt from being married.

"I will say we got the dogs together, and he loves them very much. [Are children a priority?] I'm not going to answer that question. I'm not mad at you for asking that question, but I've said it before: I don't think people ask men those questions," Zooey revealed to the latest edition of US Marie Claire magazine.

"[Have I] learned from being married and divorced? I will say this: Whether you're married or not, if you're in a relationship, you have to wake up every day and say, 'I want to stay with this person.' You have to make the commitment every day and every second and every minute."

Zooey has come under fire for her girlish image and tendency to say silly things at times. She finds it irritating that people focus on the negative rather than seeing her as an all-round package.

"My theory is that people in this day and age want to dismiss things. So they want to be able to dismiss you," Zooey fumed. "They say, 'You don't belong, you don't deserve this because here's why, and let me find an intellectual argument for why you wearing pink or cuff sleeves or a bow makes you not worthy of your accomplishments. Everything you've done doesn't matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that's feminine or you identify yourself as feminine.' And I just think that's bulls**t. And smart people are doing it, and that's surprising to me. I'll give them being smart, but they're being very short-sighted."

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