Zooey Deschanel gets "depressed" due to supporting characters
The `New Girl` actress admits she rarely gets sent any projects or characters she can get excited about as a "comedienne" because she is often only sent parts as the lead actor`s girlfriend.
She said: "I really do feel that for a long time women didn`t have the place in comedy that they should.
"I mean, when you get sent scripts and you see you`re always playing someone`s girlfriend when you want to be the central role, it`s so depressing.
"As a comedienne, it felt so frustrating to always be setting up someone else`s comedic moment."
However, the 32-year-old beauty thinks things began to change with the success of female-driven comedy `Bridesmaids` - starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph - because studio bosses understood there was an audience who weren`t being catered to.
She added: "`Bridesmaids` success meant that a lot of networks realised people were interested in that kind of comedy.
"We already had our show in production, but it made the networks pay more attention."