Zooey Deschanel contributed more than a performance to Yes Man. She helped with the soundtrack too. She plays an indie musician whom Jim Carrey meets after saying yes to offers he'd normally refuse. The music is authentic Deschanel.
Deschanel Talks Yes Man
"I usually write music alone, so it was fun to write with other people," she said. "All those girls are so great, and so talented and funny and smart and it was a fun process because we had a week to rehearse. Von Iva is the name of the band, so I just joined their band for a week and it was really fun. It wasn't so hard. I mean, I'm in a band myself and I write music and I do go to see shows a lot and so it wasn't too much of stretch for me."
The movie shows the comedic effect of saying yes to everything. Deschanel has learned to taper her affirmation in real life. "It's exhausting I think to just say really yes to everything for real, even if you do it for a day."
Energy was high on the set, with Carrey's character agreeing to Red Bull binges and more. "It's so fun to work with Jim because he's so fun, and I just used fun twice in a sentence. Nice job, Zooey. He's so fun and fun, totally fun. But yeah, it's very contagious, and the fun is very contagious."
Even on the grind of making a movie day after day, Deschanel kept her spirits up. "It was always delightful. It was always so amusing on set, so it was wonderful and I'm a pretty energetic person myself. It's always good I think in general to have different energies on screen. It's nice to have different characters go at different speeds, just like different people work at different speeds."
As for her own Yes experiences, Deschanel can remember regretting agreeing to some things. " I accidentally entered a youth pageant when I was 14. That's like a beauty pageant, but without the beauty. It was terrible. I thought it was a talent show, my choir teacher led me on."