Movies and TV can make us laugh, cry and even shape who we are. Our watchlists can be surprisingly revealing. We’re teaming up with entertainers, artists and cultural icons on our Watch With Me series on Google TV to share their top picks and give you a behind-the-scenes look at the TV and movies that inspired them.
Actress, musician and songwriter Zooey Deschanel grew up in a family of filmmakers. And her upbringing gave her a deep appreciation for the classics. From the hilarious to the heartwarming, she explains, “I love revisiting the movies I love most. I think everybody should make a watchlist.”
We sat down with Zooey to learn more about her love of film and TV, and her favorite movie-watching traditions.
Which filmmakers first got you interested in movies?
Zooey Deschanel: Growing up, we would watch Hitchcock and Kubrick and all kinds of great filmmakers. But Kubrick was a filmmaker that we would focus on. I love the visual worlds that Kubrick creates with his movies.
Did coming from a filmmaking family change how you view film and TV?
Deschanel: I learned that storytelling is such a core part of being a human. And movies and TV are the most immersive way to experience storytelling. They help us understand our lives better.
What’s your favorite winter movie-watching tradition?
Deschanel: I love watching movies while wrapping presents. It takes so long sometimes that I can watch three movies while I mindlessly wrap.
What’s your wildest dream holiday present?
Deschanel: I would love to be gifted an invisibility cloak. If you want to send me one, I would totally take it. That feels very exciting to me.
You have many different talents. What’s one that people wouldn’t expect?
Deschanel: I could definitely watch TV all day. That’s my hidden talent. I love watching TV now as opposed to how it used to be because I can really deep dive. I get obsessive.
Check out Zooey’s watchlist on Google TV, rolling out over the next few days, to see the classics she can’t miss every winter. Share your own favorites using #WatchWithMe.