Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Zooey Deschanel and I Are Just Friends

The Dark Knight Rises actor told Playboy that he thinks it's "awkward" when people pair him up with his good friend

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel made an adorably quirky couple in the 2009 romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer, and they still reunite for the occasional YouTube duet. So now that Joseph is single and Zooey is divorced from Ben Gibbard, is there any chance of them becoming a real-life couple? In a new interview, Playboy broached the possibility with Gordon-Levitt, whose response was less than enthusiastic!

"It’s awkward when people say that. Whatever. Zooey and I just think it’s funny," said The Dark Knight Rises actor. "It is funny. We’ve been friends for 10 years."

Even if he won't date her, it's clear that Gordon-Levitt has a lot of love for the New Girl actress.

"She loves movies, music and art, and she’s incredibly knowledgeable about that stuff. She’s turned me on to so many good movies and so much good music," he gushed. "It’s fun just to have conversations, watch movies with her and stuff like that."

Deschanel, who filed for divorce from Death Cab for Cutie singer Gibbard in January, has been dating Dear John screenwriter Jamie Linden. As for Gordon-Levitt, he's still looking for the right girl -- but he's not sure exactly what that means yet.

"Making checklists of things you’re looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you’ll be alone forever," says the 31-year-old actor. "You can’t meet someone and think, Do they have everything I want in a person? You just have to pay attention, keep your eyes open, listen to people and be present. I guess what I look for in a girl is someone who’s doing that, too."

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