While many actors make their music intentions known, Zooey Deschanel is certainly not one of them.
The Happening star released an indie album in March, under the pseudonym She & Him with M. Ward, and tells OK! she had every intention of keeping the whole production on the down-low.
"I released it under a different name and it was out before anyone knew it was me pretty much," Zooey says. "It was under-the-radar when it was released. I made it with M. Ward, and I did all the things that I could do to make sure it was received for the music that it was rather than an actress trying to make an album."
But the 28-year-old was quick to point out that she was never concerned about critical reception, let alone the stigma associated with actors crossing over to music.
"I try not to think too much about what people are going to think of me," she says. "Or I try not to worry too much about it."
A self-proclaimed lifelong musician, Zooey says she might just let her two career paths merge one day in a musical.
"I might, but I like doing my own music, too, because I wrote all the music on my album," she says. "It’s fun to do my own thing."