Zooey Deschanel Drops By "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

Posted Saturday September 22, 2012 3:28 PM GMT

Just days before her hit Fox show “New Girl” gets its second season underway, Zooey Deschanel made a promotional stop at “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Friday (September 21).

The 32-year-old actress looked effortlessly gorgeous in a purple dress and black tights as she sat down to discuss her small screen series, as well as her upcoming Broadway stage show.

Dishing about her role as Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Zooey explained that the idea was formed while in the shower. “It was a pipe dream,” she told, adding, “I just thought that would be a great play on Broadway, and I would never get sick of singing those songs.”

After finding out that someone else was already developing the story, the brunette beauty followed up on it by meeting with Loretta and, eventually, nabbing the role.

For more from Miss Deschanel's "Tonight Show" stop, check out the video below!

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