Zooey Deschanel unhappy with supporting role offers

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2012, 15:40 PM IST

London: `New Girl` star Zooey Deschanel feels frustrated that female characters are not often given major roles in comedies. The 32-year-old 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, reported a website.

"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," Deschanel said.

However, the brunette beauty said that with the success of female-driven comedy `Bridesmaids` starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, studio bosses have now understood there is an audience who are not being catered to.

"`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," she added.

PTI