There’s a perpetual look that actress/singer Zooey Deschanel seems to have on her face, or just behind her eyes. It’s a knowing kind of look, like someone who is just about to reveal a punchline (except she never really does); or perhaps it’s the look of someone who is forever subtly poking fun at herself. However you describe it, it makes her irresistible (one writer described her as “adorkable”), and it makes everything she does seem a little bit (and sometimes a lot) funny. Deschanel’s face and manner are undoubtedly the primary reasons why her popular Fox network show New Girl is still on the air (it has to be, because it certainly isn’t the writing). She also provides the eye candy and sass behind indie retro-folk duo She & Him, her musical collaboration with indie artist extraordinaire M. Ward.
Plenty of said eye candy (and the eternal I-know-the-punchline look we talked about earlier) can be found in the video below for the duo’s single “I Could’ve Been Your Girl,” from their new album Volume 3. And as it turns out, Zooey Deschanel is as clever behind the camera as she is in front of it: this video marks her debut as a director, incorporating classy choreography and eye-catching color as Deschanel spends the entire song trying to capture the attention of an indifferent M. Ward, who is sitting in the diner engrossed in his newspaper and coffee. I dare you to watch this video and not smile.
And don’t tell us the punchline, Zooey. Never tell us the punchline.