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Zooey Deschanel, Emmy Awards, 2013

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Why so blue?!

That was the question we were asking after Zooey Deschanel posted a photo of her face painted blue in August, which she simply captioned, "Weird job..." What exactly is going on over on New Girl's set, we wondered.

Well, now we know! On the red carpet at the 2013 Emmys, where she is presenting an award, Deschanel revealed to E! News' Ryan Seacrest why Jess' face will be oh-so-very blue in an upcoming episode of her hit series New Girl. Plus, she gave us the inside scoop on how she picked out that gorgeous blue dress...

"It's from episode three or four," Deschanel dished of the sneak peek photo. "I'm dressing up as Papa Smurf."

Say whaaa?! Why is Jess dressing up as Papa Smurf? "Ask Nick!" Deschanel teased, adding that she believes friends should make an attempt at romance in real-life too, just like Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson). "Why not?! Life's short?"

As for her stunning J. Mendel dress, which she paired with a gorgeous Chanel ring, Deschanel revealed, "It actually was the first one I saw on the rack…it was perfect."