Another huge part of your year has been spent touring and promoting She & Him. You seem to be enjoying the musician’s life quite a bit.
It’s been wonderful.
There are like a hundred people involved in making the movies. With the record, most of the time it was no more than three people in the studio at once. I got to have a lot of control. That’s really satisfying.
How did the experience of making an album and going on tour change your outlook on things?
It’s actually been really nice because I’ve been able to see how much more control I can have over my creative output. As an actor, you don’t really have much control over what is actually put out into the world.
Other people get to take your thing and put their own twist on it.
Yeah, and there’s a lot of manipulation that goes on. It can be for better or for worse, but it’s just nice to put something out into the world and be like, “OK!” I was a very small part of making these movies, because there are like a hundred people involved in making the movies. With the record, I wrote all the songs and Matt [a.k.a. M. Ward] would produce them, and most of the time it was no more than three people in the studio at once. I got to have a lot of control over what was put out there, and I was able to see something through from genesis to fruition and see people’s reactions to it. That’s really satisfying.
So let’s do some musical free association. What comes to your mind when I say the following things: “This Will Be Our Year.”
Zombies. That’s one of my favorite songs.
I’d probably go with “The Duo,” but fair enough. Spirit in the Dark.
I don’t know…
That’s the name of Lindsay Lohan’s new album. No actress-singer beef?
I don’t know her!
“My Drink and My Two-Step.”
That sounds like a country-western song.
Excellent. Last one: Goonie Goo-Goos.
I have no idea what that is.
Yeah, to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure anybody does.
1. Dad Caleb snagged one of his nominations for The Passion of the Christ, and mom Mary Jo had a recurring role in the cult TV series Twin Peaks. And now we will refrain from saying anything about Zooey's twin peaks. Oops! We said we'd refrain, but we didn't. [BACK]
2. Jason Schwartzman (eh...), Maroon 5's Mickey Madden (at least he's not Adam Levine) and Chris Kattan. Wait, we thought chicks dug funny guys. [BACK]
3. She also played the mistress of a galactic president (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Sarah Jessica Parker's BFF (Failure to Launch), the owner of a stolen car (The Go-Getter) and a music teacher (Bridge to Terabithia) -- and was the best part about each of those turds. [BACK]
4. Yes, we're talking about you, Par-Hil and Lilo. And yes, Volume One, Zooey's album with indie rocker M. Ward (as She & Him) is actually dope. Too bad the crowds at their shows make us want to mosh with a spiked bat. [BACK]
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