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Thursday 29 January 2015

Zooey Deschanel protective of young fans

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Zooey Deschanel set up her website to help battle the “pure toxic energy” found online.

The actress-and-singer runs HelloGiggles.com with friends Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer.

The online forum encourages positivity via blog posts about anything from baking, to beauty tips and friendship.

Many of her users are young, so Zooey feels responsible and aims to create a safe environment.

“I was so tired of every site having these comment sections that were pure, pure toxic energy,” she explained to the UK edition of Cosmopolitan.

“I put myself out there; it’s part of my job, and I get it: people will attack me. At first I was thrown off, but now I have a pretty thick skin about it. But if someone were to do that to one of our 13-year-old bloggers, I would kill them!”

The pretty brunette has amassed hordes of fans thanks to her quirky cute looks and successful ventures, such as TV hit New Girl.

Whereas she is popular now, she can remember being ridiculed at school and hopes to help young girls facing similar issues with her website.

“People really teased me. It was really bad. Nothing could be as hard as middle school,” she recalled with a shudder.

“There were insecurities that I think I would have worked through a lot faster if I’d had certain tools and could have connected with certain people earlier.”

Zooey married frontman of band Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard, in 2009 but she filed for divorce two years later.

Despite the breakdown of their relationship she continues to believe in true love.

“Absolutely! Of course! I truly believe in it,” the 33-year-old enthused.

“I’m not saying it’s not ephemeral... I’m just saying that true love may be out of the box.”

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