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Playing the role of single women “finding her way” in her late 20s in a new series set to air this fall on FOX, actress Zooey Deschanel dished on her New Girl character’s modern qualities and her take on dating do’s and don’ts this week.

“I really love that she’s totally herself,” Zooey told reporters of her character on a conference call Wednesday afternoon, “Even though she’s awkward at times and kind of nerdy at times, she’s not afraid of being herself.”

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The 31-year old explained that she appreciates being able to play such a strong woman on TV.

“I really feel like she’s equal to all the guys. I really, really love that. She’s a real true modern woman.”

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Zooey, who is married to Death Cab for Cutie musician Ben Gibbard, also gave her perspective on what she thinks it actually takes to win over a girl’s heart.

“From my perspective probably women are won over by people who are sweet and respectful and courteous and kind and funny,” the L.A. native gushed.

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But, what about the biggest mistake that a man could make while courting a single woman such as Zooey’s New Girl character?

“I think being disingenuous,” Zooey told reports of how a man should not act, “I think that the mistakes that anyone can make going on dates is probably not being themselves because you can only trick people for so long.”

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Catch the premiere of New Girl, also starring Jake Johnson, on FOX Sept. 20.

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