The Weirdest Roles Played By Your Favorite TV Actors

Zooey Deschanel

Best known for: Jess, New Girl (FOX)
Weirdest role: Lady Larken, Once Upon a Mattress (2005)

In between establishing herself as a indie darling with films like Eulogy and All The Real Girls, and cementing herself as the actress you grab if you want your big budget project to feel like you an indie film, the uber-manic-pixie-dreamgirl took the role of Lady Larken in a TV-movie version of Once Upon a Mattress.

TV movies aren't usually a stellar move for starlets on the rise, especially if the role in question involves fifth billing and an unwanted pregnancy. We suppose the same quirky magic that motivates Deschanel characters to take up the accordian and traipse through Ikeas spurred her toward taking a role in this grown-up version of The Princess and the Pea.

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