“When I was married, that was the first thing people wanted to know,” the August 2014 cover girl explains to the magazine. Zooey, you’ll recall, was married to Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard from 2009 to 2012. When people would ask if she and Ben had any buns in the oven, Zooey couldn’t help but roll her eyes.
“Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so,” she says. “Nobody asks a guy that. And you go into a supermarket, and every tabloid is like, ‘Pregnant and Alone!’ Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. That’s not something that defines me at all.”
For now, Zooey gets her baby fix from her nephew Henry. Sister and fellow actress Emily Deschanel gave birth to the little guy in September 2011.
As for being a big name, Zooey says she has no interest in being anybody but herself.
“I've seen a lot of people turn — sometimes it unlocks who they really are. They turn into celebrities who are separate from themselves,” she says. “That’s OK, but I just don’t want to be like that. I have to be normal. My mother wouldn’t let me be any other way.”