Zooey was interviewed by the website Marketplace. You can either listen to it down below or we have it all written for you guys!
In a next life, what would your career be?
Well, it’s hard to say, because they’re like things that I feel like I could do now maybe, but maybe making children’s clothing.
Are we talking toddler level? Baby?
Baby through toddler. I have a toddler, and the clothes are so cute. And I made her some little outfits before she was born that are really sweet.
What is something you bought that you now completely regret buying?
One of those vacuums that’s like, a robot vacuum [laughs].
A Roomba? I’ve heard good things.
Oh yeah no, people love it. It’s a great product. I just got really into the idea of it, and then I haven’t used it. And then one night, my nephew came over and was playing with it or something. And then, one night I hear this like, terrifying screeching noise. And I walk out and there’s like, a light coming from the living room. I’m like, “What is going on? Is there an alien invasion?” [laughs] I walked downstairs and it was the Roomba. I guess my nephew pressed some buttons or something.
When did you realize being a musician and actor could be an actual paying career?
In high school. I grew up in LA, so I started auditioning for movies and television in high school, and then I also sang, you know I did some like club shows and stuff and made like, $40 singing. So I was like, “Alright! That was fun and I made some cash.”
What is your most prized possession?
A microphone that Brian Wilson gave to me. I sang on his record and then he gave me the mic that I recorded with.
What is the hardest part about your job that no one knows?
Waking up at 5 in the morning most days.
What is something everyone should own no matter the cost?
I feel a little bit hesitant to suggest that everyone should own something no matter the cost. I would say a coffee maker but not everyone loves coffee.
Everyone should love coffee though.
Yeah [laughs], so everyone should have a coffee maker. And or, make it for friends.
What advice do you wish someone gave you before you started your career?
I may have had this piece of advice, but I’m not sure that it was like very loud and clear. I wish someone had really drilled it in that you should always be true to your own self and tastes, and not get too carried away with pleasing other people. I try my best to do that. You can’t always. There’s a give and take, and anytime you’re being paid to do something or you’re collaborating with a lot of people, they’re gonna be some compromises that you make, but you should at least, you know, try. And I think at the beginning when I first started, it was a little bit more confusing, and then once I really discovered that, then you know you can always kinda stand by things you do.